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IDA proposing ‘resort-style development’

IDA resort developmentBy MELINDA WILLIAMS



Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will consider a rezone request Monday night that, if approved, would allow a “resort-style development” bordering Heron’s Landing, Pete Dye River Course and the New River in Fairlawn.

Pulaski County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) is seeking to have almost 66 acres on a peninsula at the end of Viscoe Road rezoned from Planned Unit Development (PUD) to Transitional Industrial Development (IO).

The property, owned by the IDA, was originally intended to be part of Heron’s Landing, according to paperwork on file with the county. However, the IDA has proffered that access to the property cannot be routed through Heron’s Landing because “the potential traffic impacts could be detrimental to the residential neighborhood.”

According to information compiled for Monday night’s public hearing, the IDA plans to partner with the private sector “to create a development that focuses on resort-style amenities, activities and related businesses.”

Pulaski County Zoning Ordinance states that IO districts provide a transitional area between light industrial and commercial uses and those used for agricultural, residential, institutional or retail commercial purposes.

Under the IDA’s proffer, permitted uses in the district include, but are not limited to, banks, barber and beauty shops, condominiums, food sales, hotels, pharmaceutical and medical labs, miniature golf courses, medical offices, professional office buildings, churches, schools, storage warehouses, waterfront business activities, retail stores and conference centers.

“Focusing on this specific niche market would help expand Pulaski County’s job base, as well as highlight the area’s potential for tourism-related activities,” states a county planning department staff analysis of the project. “… Having the ability to create some additional flex office/industrial space for newly created and/or smaller companies would reinforce Pulaski County’s commitment to promoting business growth and development.”

The analysis points out that almost half of the property’s border is on the New River. Besides the golf course and residential development, the property also is adjacent to the former AT&T building.

The staff analysis adds that since the IDA has owned the property for “many years,” the organization hopes “rezoning will allow a prime piece of real estate to be developed to its potential and not be used to build additional single-family homes.”

The meeting begins at 7 p.m., with the public hearing to follow shortly thereafter. Meetings are held on the main floor of the County Administration Building on Third Street NW in Pulaski.