Frito-Lay gains okay for phase II
With construction of a warehouse and major traffic center underway, Frito-Lay gained site plan approval Tuesday for the addition of an external office on the west side of its Winchester Highway facility.
Last year Frito-Lay gained approval for the initial phase of the project, and at the time, the company had anticipated including office area to serve the expansion inside the structure, but according to discussion at Tuesday’s meeting, the company will now go with an external office. The 9,000-square-foot addition will be situated on the west side of the building.
Site plan approval was also given to Patrick Trailer Sales for construction of a metal building on the property. The structure would replace a trailer currently being used as an office.
Owners of Elk Cotton Mill asked that the mill be rezoned from I-1 (industrial) to C-3 (commercial) with the hope of converting a portion of the historic structure into shops, but it was a request that planners were reluctant to approve since doing so would constitute spot zoning, something that the state opposes.
“They’re trying to preserve the historical significance of the building while also generating sales tax for the city,” said Ben Brown, a local developer speaking on behalf of the Poes, who own the old cotton mill.
Planners voted down the request 2-3; however, the developer could return with the same request if the owner of neighboring property were to agree to also seek rezoning. Granting that request would make the Poe property contiguous to other property similarly zoned.
Another rezoning request for property at 304 South Elk Avenue to be rezoned from C-3 to R-2 (residential) did gain approval from planners.
The house there, owned by the Wallaces now, was formerly used as a business. The rezoning must also be approved by the Fayetteville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
An ordinance on digital billboards may be a step closer to becoming reality.
A draft of such an ordinance, submitted by commissioner Lindsey Galyon in the wake of a request from a local business last year, is being sent by the planning commission to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for review during its upcoming work session. The commission hopes to gain input from the City Board before it considers action on the proposal.
Current regulations pertaining to communications towers, such as the cell tower erected on the old Lee Jeans property, are facing revision.
Planners had in their packets the city’s existing standards, as well as recommendations posed by the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) and a draft ordinance adopted by MTAS for another city.
Consideration of revising the city’s current ordinance on communications towers comes at the request of the Board of Mayor and Alderman following a recent controversy over the cell tower on the Lee Jeans property.
Additionally, a draft of a proposed ordinance on solar panels is also under review. It comes as a Tennessee Valley Authority stimulus has prompted an increase locally in the installation of solar panel arrays. The document would provide guidelines on where arrays could be located.
Planners adopted an amendment to city subdivision regulations requiring driveways serving multi-unit residences within the county’s urban growth area to meet city standards. The action comes after a public hearing in April resulting out of concerns that these driveways are accessible to emergency vehicles, particularly large vehicles such as fire trucks.