Bentonville Council Overturns Planning Commission Decision

BENTONVILLE — City Council on Tuesday evening overturned a Planning Commission decision regarding the property on Northwest 14th Street.

The Planning Commission denied future land use change and rezoning at 809 NW 14th St. The area is east of North Walton Boulevard.

The future land use change application was from low density residential to medium density residential, and the rezoning application was from low density single family residential to medium density duplex and residence in a row.

The Planning Commission voted 4 to 2 against the future land amendment and 5 to 1 against the rezoning.

Council voted 6 to 1 for future land use change and 7 to 1 for rezoning after council member Tim Robinson joined the online meeting. Council member Holly Hook was the only one to vote against the articles.

The appeal was filed by Haney Enterprises LLC. The reason for the rezoning is to create medium-density multi-family units, according to council documents.

Council also approved a $120,000 change order for the design of A Street Drive.

The boardwalk will stretch from Second Street Southeast to Third Street Northeast as a linear plaza with garden nooks, cafe seating, playgrounds and food trucks, according to the city.

By converting A Street into a pedestrian-only corridor, travel between parks and squares in Bentonville will be safe and easy, according to the city. The boardwalk is part of the Downtown Quilt of Parks.

The cost of the boardwalk has been estimated at $13 million, Parks and Recreation Director David Wright said Tuesday evening.

The board also approved a memorandum of understanding with the Bentonville School District pursuant to Arkansas Code 6-10-128(c). This relates to the required components of an effective school resource officer program, according to board documents.

The board also agreed to an amendment to the police department’s Tyler Technology New World contract to add a public safety information and data analysis software package.

The software package provides insight into crime trends and patterns; provides visual and cartographic images of problem areas; helps improve crime prevention operations; and allows citizen transparency and interactive information accessible to citizens via a link on the city’s web page. A one-time setup fee and an annual cost will be budgeted, according to council documents.

An ordinance amending facility usage fees for the Bentonville Community Center in 2023 was also approved by council. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board unanimously approved the plan, according to board documents.

Since the Bentonville Community Center opened in 2015, resident daily use fees and membership fees have remained the same at the facility, according to council documents.

Other action

In other business Tuesday evening, Bentonville City Council:

• Approval of a tender to Koontz Electric Co. for $1.07 million for the expansion of the electrical substation on Morning Star Road.

• Approval of a $690,349.75 agreement with Stribling Equipment for the purchase of backhoes currently leased.

• Approval of a budget adjustment of $495,190 to recognize the full-time salary allowance for law enforcement officers. The funds will be disbursed to the city by the Department of State Finance and Administration and will consist of a payment of $5,000 and an additional $382.50 per officer for Medicare and Social Security taxes. .

• Approval of a tender to McClarty Daniel Buick GMC of Bentonville for the maintenance contract for the police department’s fleet. The contract includes all routine and non-routine vehicle maintenance, warranty and inspection services.

• Approved a professional services agreement with Pinnacle Consulting Management Group for property acquisition services for Southeast Walton Boulevard and Southeast Medical Center Parkway. The cost is $50,100.

• Approval of a change order to Flintco for the Southwewst Bright Road project. The change will increase the contract price by $297,431.

Source: Bentonville

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