Fayetteville seeks public input on 71B Corridor rezoning

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The city is inviting residents to participate in a series of public input meetings regarding planned rezoning efforts along the 71B corridor.

The rezonings are part of the groundwork to encourage redevelopment of portions of North College Avenue, Nelson Hackett Boulevard and South School Avenue as outlined in the 71B Corridor Plan.

The plan was adopted in 2019 and reaffirmed earlier this year by the current City Council members.

The state transferred ownership of the corridor to the city in 2020, which means Fayetteville could begin work on its own projects without having to get approval from the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

Until now, efforts have been focused primarily on street and safety improvements, but the city is turning its attention to nearly 500 land parcels along the corridor which are mostly zoned to only allow commercial uses.

The goal is to explore rezoning options that would allow and encourage redevelopments that incorporate housing options.

A series of public input sessions are planned to solicit feedback from residents that will help shape a formal proposal that would first be discussed by the Planning Commission before it goes to the City Council for final approval.

The public meeting schedule is as follow:

Wednesday, May 29: 4-6 p.m. at OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology (3274 N. Lee Ave.)
Thursday, May 30: 5-7 p.m. at Crisis Brewing (210 S. Nelson Hackett Blvd.)
Monday, June 3: 3-6 p.m. at City Hall first floor foyer (113 W. Mountain St.)
Tuesday, June 4: 3-6 p.m. at City Hall first floor foyer
Wednesday, June 5: 3-6 p.m. at City Hall first floor foyer
Thursday, June 6: 3-6 p.m. at City Hall first floor foyer
Friday, June 7: 9 a.m. – noon at City Hall first floor foyer