JONESBORO, Ark. – A large development of both single family homes and commercial businesses could be in the future for an area currently occupied by farmland in Jonesboro.
First reported by The Jonesboro Sun, 152 acres of farmland sitting on the southwest edge of Jonesboro is requested to be rezoned from agricultural to both commercial (C-3), along the highway, and single family residential (RS-8). The request will be heard at Tuesday night’s Metropolitan Area Planning Commission meeting. It starts at 5:30 at the Municipal Center downtown.
The land, seen above, is most accessible from Southwest Drive (U.S. 49) to the south. Flemon Road sits to the north, Wilkerson Road to the east, and Collins Road to the west.
No actual development plans have been filed yet but the zoning request does give an idea of what could be seen. 17.24 acres of general use commercial would exclude billboards, adult entertainment, and tobacco or alcohol services. The commercial development would be along Highway 49. The rest, 135.6 acres, would be single family residential with minimum lot sizes of 5,445 square feet.
“The property would be used to support the growth and economic development of the City of Jonesboro,” wrote Carol Burns Smelley, the trustee of CBS Revocable Trust of Little Rock who is making the request.
Valley View School District Superintendent Bryan Russell indicated he had no opposition to the request, in an e-mail exchange with a city planner.
Other business a request to divide one lot into three, a conditional use permit for a manufactured home, and a presentation on the work of the Jonesboro Land Bank.
The MAPC will meet at 5:30 PM Tuesday evening at the Municipal Center, 300 South Church Street in Jonesboro.