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BENTONVILLE -- The Planning Commission approved two more townhome projects in two parts of the city, which help provide a variety of housing option throughout the community, according to the city's planning services manager.

The Harbin Pointe Townhomes will be in the city's southwest while the Pharm II Townhomes will be in the city's core.

Commission action

Bentonville’s Planning Commission met Tuesday and approved:

• Lot splits at 228 S.E. Seventh St.; 801 and 803 N. Walton Blvd.; 1600 and 1602 N.W. Third St.; and 1701 N.E. Tiger Blvd.

• Property line adjustment at 1906 Almand Drive

• General plan amendment from commercial to high density residential at Southwest Airport Regional Boulevard and Southwest Blue Jay Lane

• General plan amendment from low density to medium density residential at Southwest Featherston, Glenn and Been roads

• Large scale development extension for Haxton District East at 224 S.E. Second St.

Source: Staff report

The commission approved 6-0 plans for both developments Tuesday. Commissioner Richard Binns was absent.

The Harbin Pointe Townhomes will consist of 96 units in 23 buildings with four, two-story townhomes each and two buildings with two, two-story townhomes each, according to meeting documents.

The development will be built on two undeveloped lots -- one 7.1 acres and the other 3.8 acres -- at Southwest Juniper Avenue and Southwest Buckeye Street just south of Southwest Regional Airport Boulevard.

There will be three parking spaces per unit, meeting documents show.

Commissioners also approved a waiver to the landscape requirements, reducing the number of trees from the required 228 to 123. There will be 38 trees planted in the interior of the project and 67 trees planted around the perimeter, according to Jared Inman, with Jorgensen and Associates, the civil engineer firm working on the project. J&M Investments of NWA owns the property.

"Due to the amount of driveways and utilities installed on this development the space for street trees is very limited," Inman wrote to the Planning Department.

The much smaller Pharm II Townhouse project will be about 4 miles northwest in the city's downtown district at 432 S.W. B St. NFD LLC owns the .17-acre piece of land.

The location is in a mixed-use and medium-density residential neighborhood where there's been much redevelopment.

Pharm II Townhomes will consist of six attached townhome units. Each will be two stories and about 725 square feet, according to meeting documents.

There will be six garage parking spaces and three on-street parking spaces. Each unit will have access behind the building from a public alley to the south and a private drive along the property's east side, which will connect to Southwest Fourth Street to the north, documents show.

An 8-foot-wide sidewalk will be built and trees will be planted along Southwest B Street.

Townhomes help provide the density the downtown needs for it to be a successful area as the population will help support surrounding businesses, but it also provides a housing option other than single family homes or apartments, said Shelli Kerr, city planning services manager.

"[Various housing options] is really necessary for a successful downtown, but to address the needs across the community, it needs to be spread out throughout," she said, referring to The Harbin Pointe Townhome project.

NW News on 10/18/2017

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