BENTONVILLE -- A new self storage building in the city's southwest area will offer residents storage space.
The Planning Commission unanimously approved a rezoning, lot split and development plans for Cubesmart Self Storage at its Tuesday meeting.
Bentonville’s Planning Commission met Tuesday and approved:
• Development extension for Coler-Saint at 11782 Peach Orchard Road, Coler-Stanberry at 2702 N.W. Third St. and for the Thaden Barn at 901 S.E. C St.
• Development plans for Off the Leash dog kennel on Southwest 24th Street.
• Development plans for The Lofts on Elm Tree.
Source: Staff report
BOS Park was the project's applicant for all three items.
The rezoning changed about 9 acres north of Southwest Regional Airport Boulevard between Morningstar and Southwest Featherston roads from a planned unit development to general commercial.
The lot split divided the land into three lots -- the western one is 1 acre, the middle is 3.23 acres and the eastern is 4.65 acres.
A 104,200-square-foot, two-story storage building will be on the middle lot. The adjoining property will remain vacant, according to the applicant's description of the project.
The development will include six parking spaces, loading spaces and a sidewalk along Southwest Regional Airport Boulevard, according to meeting documents.
The project has the potential to affect traffic, but its compliance with the city's parking and access management standards should be able to accommodate more vehicles, according to the planner's staff report.
Dana Davis, a commissioner who lives in the southwest area of the city, asked how planners gauged the anticipated impact of traffic. The street connectivity is often considered, said Jon Stanley, planner. Sometimes, trip generator software is used.
"It really depends on the project," he said.
"There's just a lot happening in the southwest quadrant," Davis said. "Anything impacts traffic out there. I was just wondering what analysis was done."
Commissioners and planners also discussed the building's design elements to make sure it met the city's code.
Commercial buildings with sides longer than 200 feet are required to have wall projections or recesses that are at least 2 feet deep, according to the city's design standards. Those design elements must be at least 25 percent of the building's length, and uninterrupted building sides longer than 100 feet are prohibited.
Building elevations show the exterior material will be brick, metal panels and stucco.
A wide grass area with trees is planned on the north side of the development.
A single-family neighborhood is just north of the project site. No one spoke during the public hearing regarding the land's rezoning Tuesday.
NW News on 02/21/2019
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