Fayetteville approves North Jeff Davis Drive rezoning

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Members of the Fayetteville City Council at the Nov. 7 meeting were, from left, council members Harlan Shirley, Kathaleen Brewer and Paul Oddo, Mayor Ed Johnson and council members Rich Hoffman and Scott Stacy. Photo/Ben Nelms.
Members of the Fayetteville City Council at the Nov. 7 meeting were, from left, council members Harlan Shirley, Kathaleen Brewer and Paul Oddo, Mayor Ed Johnson and council members Rich Hoffman and Scott Stacy. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A request to rezone two parcels totaling 2.2 acres along North Jeff Davis Drive for commercial and residential uses was approved by unanimous vote on Nov. 7 by the Fayetteville City Council.

Applicant Danny England had requested the rezoning of two adjacent parcels located at 370 and 402 N. Jeff Davis Drive.

Tract No. 1 was zoned for single-family (R-30), totaling 1.75 acres. The request was to rezone 0.52 acres to C-2 (community commercial) and 0.083 acres to DR-15 (two-family residential). The other request involved rezoning the entire 0.45 acres of Tract No. 2 from R-30 to DR-15.

The staff analysis noted that, as presented, Tract No. 2 is presently developed with a duplex, and it is zoned R-30. The minimum lot size in the R-30 zoning district is 30,000 square feet, and the minimum lot width requirement is 150 feet.

The future land use plan for the properties calls for walkable mixed-use.

Duplexes are not permitted in the R-30 zoning district, and because the residential structure was built before the adoption of the zoning code, the use is considered legal nonconforming. As presented in the plat, Tract No. 2 will be reconfigured with an adjustment to the front property line so that the lot width can meet the minimum requirement for the DR-15 zoning district, city planning staff said.

Planning staff said that, if approved, the use and lot size would come into compliance with the current zoning code.

On the proposed plat, Tract No. 1 has a carport, storage unit, pole barn, and vacant single-family building. The request included dividing the parcel and creating a new lot that totals 0.52 acres (Tract No. 3). The new parcel on Tract No. 3 would be zoned C-2, with the other 1.14 acres remaining R-30. England requested the rezoning on Tract No. 3 to allow for the development of commercial uses on the site.

City planning staff recommended approval, and planning commissioners on Sept. 24 agreed.