By CALVIN PYNN
The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors approved a recommendation by the Pulaski County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) to rezone the property around Heron’s Landing and the Pete Dye River Course at Monday night’s meeting.
The almost 66 acre property, located at the end of Viscoe Road in Fairlawn, will be rezoned from Planned Unit Development (PUD) to Transitional Industrial Development (IO). The IDA, who owns the property, proposed to rezone it to allow for a mixed-resort style development, whereas it was originally zoned for residential use.
Rezoning the property would allow the IDA to work with private sector businesses, which would open up the space for retail and other related businesses.
Danny Wilson represented the IDA as he brought the proposal before the Board. During the presentation, he addressed certain concerns, such as the potential impact the development would have on the community in Heron’s Landing.
“No access to the development will come through Heron’s Landing residential area,” said Wilson. “Access would have to come through a different source.”
The Board moved to approve the request, recognizing the job growth and tax benefits the development could provide.
“Any development that I see that should go on down there should fit in with what’s already there, and work to maximize the taxpayer’s value of that property,” said board member Andy MCready. “To get the ball rolling, it’s necessary to do this rezoning.”
MCready also pointed out that rezoning would not be permanent, but dependent on the property’s progress in development, and on what the highest and best use of the taxpayer’s money is at the time.
After approving the rezoning request, the Board also approved a petition by the IDA to revise the Future Land Use Map for the property.
The Board also discussed request for a coyote bounty program, Falls Stamping and Welding, four-year goals, and saw a demonstration of BoardDocs, the School Board’s new information system.