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Michelle Horne

Michelle Horne

Monday, 21 June 2021 19:39

July 1, 2021

AGENDA FOR:

JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

JOHNSON CITY HALL

JULY 1, 2021 – 6:00 PM

 

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING : 

Petition 2021-18: Requesting LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT of property located at Lots 9 & 10 of Hawks Landing. Requested by Jorge Du Quesne of Blew & Associates, for Blue chip Ice, Gordon, Shirron, owner.

Petition 2021-21: Requesting CONDITIONAL USE (WAREHOUSE) on property at located Lots 9 & 10 of Hawks Landing. Requested by Jorge Du Quesne of Blew & Associates, for Blue chip Ice, Gordon, Shirron, owner.

Petition 2021-19: Requesting LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT of property located at 5230 Willow Creek Drive. Requested by Jake Chavis of Bates & Associates, for Dr. John Kendrick, owner.

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED

 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of June 3, 2021 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS: 

Petition 2021-18: Requesting LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT of property located at Lots 9 & 10 of Hawks Landing. Requested by Jorge Du Quesne of Blew & Associates, for Blue chip Ice, Gordon, Shirron, owner.

Petition 2021-21: Requesting CONDITIONAL USE (WAREHOUSE) on property at located Lots 9 & 10 of Hawks Landing. Requested by Jorge Du Quesne of Blew & Associates, for Blue chip Ice, Gordon, Shirron, owner.

Petition 2021-19: Requesting LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT of property located at 5230 Willow Creek Drive. Requested by Jake Chavis of Bates & Associates, for Dr. John Kendrick, owner. 

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER 

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following: 

Petition 2021-23: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR LANDSCAPE BUFFER for property located on LOTS 9 & 10 of Hawks Landing. Requested by Jorge Du Quesne of Blew & Associates, for Blue chip Ice, Gordon, Shirron, owner.

Petition 2021-24: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR LANDSCAPE BUFFER for property located at 5230 Willow Creek Drive. Requested by Jake Chavis of Bates & Associates, for Dr. John Kendrick, owner.

Petition 2021-25: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR STREET IMPROVEMENT ON JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD property located at 5230 Willow Creek Drive. Requested by Jake Chavis of Bates & Associates, for Dr. John Kendrick, owner.

Petition 2021-26: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET IMPROVEMENT ON WILLOW CREEK DRIVE property located at 5230 Willow Creek Drive. Requested by Jake Chavis of Bates & Associates, for Dr. John Kendrick, owner.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER: 

Petition 2021-23: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR LANDSCAPE BUFFER for property located on LOTS 9 & 10 of Hawks Landing. Requested by Jorge Du Quesne of Blew & Associates, for Blue chip Ice, Gordon, Shirron, owner.

Petition 2021-24: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR LANDSCAPE BUFFER for property located at 5230 Willow Creek Drive. Requested by Jake Chavis of Bates & Associates, for Dr. John Kendrick, owner.

Petition 2021-25: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR STREET IMPROVEMENT ON JOHNSON MILL BOULEVARD property located at 5230 Willow Creek Drive. Requested by Jake Chavis of Bates & Associates, for Dr. John Kendrick, owner.

Petition 2021-26: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET IMPROVEMENT ON WILLOW CREEK DRIVE property located at 5230 Willow Creek Drive. Requested by Jake Chavis of Bates & Associates, for Dr. John Kendrick, owner.

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS

Thursday, 17 June 2021 14:50

Main Drive Road Closure

Main Drive Road Closure

Railroad Crossing Temporary Closure - Main Dr Johnson Arkansas 6/23-6/24

On 6/23-6/24 starting at 6:00 am, A&M Railroad will be temporarily closing Main Dr in Johnson at the railroad crossing.

The Rail Road is needing to do some emergency maintenance to the crossing that requires all the lanes to be closed.

The planned detour would be to get around at Elmore St to Hewitt or Main Dr.

Please find an alternative route if at all  possible during this road closure.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 13:38

May 6, 2021

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR

MAY 6, 2021

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Planning Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:00 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

Present: Dan Cross, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, and Henry Layes. Also, Jennifer Allen- City of Johnson Clerk, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz-EDA, Jordan Wright from Wright’s BBQ, Mary Bassett from the public, and one additional guest were in attendance.

A motion to approve the April 01, 2021, Planning Commission Minutes was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Richard Cromwell. All approved.

Old Business:

None.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Gregg Gainer. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:03 P.M.

 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR

MAY 6, 2021

BOARD OFADJUSTMENTS PUBLIC HEARING:

Chairman Dan Cross called the Board of Adjustments Public Hearing to order at 6:03 PM.

Present: Present: Present: Dan Cross, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, and Henry Layes. Also, Jennifer Allen- City of Johnson Clerk, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz-EDA, Jordan Wright from Wright’s BBQ, Mary Bassett from the public, and one additional guest were in attendance.

NEW BUSINESS:

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following:

Petition 2021-010: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR PARKING LOT CURBING for property located at 2212 Main Drive (Wright’s Barbeque). Requested by Jordan Wright, owner.

Petition 2021-11: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR GRAVEL PARKING LOTS for property located at 2212 Main Drive (Wright’s Barbeque). Requested by Jordan Wright, owner.

Petition 2021-12: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILDING SETBACKS for property located at 5456 Cordell Drive, lot 22 of Clear Creek Patio Homes. Requested by Tom Pagnozzi, owner.

Mary Bassett stated she is present I representation from Tom Pagnozzi, owner of property located at 5456 Cordell Drive, lot 22 of Clear Creek Patio Homes.

Jordan Wright, owner of the property located at 2212 Main Drive (Wright’s Barbeque), explained the processes that occurred over the last year leading to the current request for variances.

Chairman Dan Cross closed the Board of Adjustments Public Hearing at 6:10 PM.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING:

Chairman Dan Cross called the Board of Adjustments Meeting to order at 6:10 PM

Present: Present: Present: Dan Cross, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, and Henry Layes. Also, Jennifer Allen- City of Johnson Clerk, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz-EDA, Jordan Wright from Wright’s BBQ, Mary Bassett from the public, and one additional guest were in attendance.

New Business:

Petition 2021-010: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR PARKING LOT CURBING for property located at 2212 Main Drive (Wright’s Barbeque). Requested by Jordan Wright, owner.

Letters from the Clay Wilson and James Geurtz were provided to all members of the Commission and reviewed. Mr. Geurtz stated that the project fronts a future road project that has not been finalized and is approximately ten years out.

Mr. Gainer reiterated that the city engineer and city building official both acknowledged that water drainage is an issue.

A motion was made by Richard Cromwell to approve Petition 2021-010: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR PARKING LOT CURBING for property located at 2212 Main Drive (Wright’s Barbeque). Requested by Jordan Wright, owner. The motion was seconded by Gregg Gainer. A roll call was had as follows: Katherine Hudson: No, Richard Cromwell: No, Gregg Gainer: No, Henry Layes: No. Petition 2021-010: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR PARKING LOT CURBING for property located at 2212 Main Drive (Wright’s Barbeque) fails unanimously.

Petition 2021-11: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR GRAVEL PARKING LOTS for property located at 2212 Main Drive (Wright’s Barbeque). Requested by Jordan Wright, owner.

A discussion was had on the time limits imposed by the stop work order provided to Mr. Wright. To which clarification was provided that due to the stop work order Mr. Jordan has until July 12, 2021, despite the vote on the variance request.

Richard Cromwell queried clarification if an approval of the variance would be approving the current gravel lot to stay in place to which Mr. Wilson acknowledged was in fact the case.

A motion to approve Petition 2021-11: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR GRAVEL PARKING LOTS for property located at 2212 Main Drive (Wright’s Barbeque). Requested by Jordan Wright, owner, was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Gregg Gainer. A roll call was had as follows: Katherine Hudson: No, Richard Cromwell: No, Gregg Gainer: No, Henry Layes: No. Petition 2021-11: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR GRAVEL PARKING LOTS for property located at 2212 Main Drive (Wright’s Barbeque) fails unanimously.

Petition 2021-12: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILDING SETBACKS for property located at 5456 Cordell Drive, lot 22 of Clear Creek Patio Homes. Requested by Tom Pagnozzi, owner.

Gregg Gainer queried the future development in the area to which there is none.

Richard Cromwell stated the Neighborhood Committee has reviewed the request and has no changes to provide.

A motion to approve Petition 2021-12: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILDING SETBACKS for property located at 5456 Cordell Drive, lot 22 of Clear Creek Patio Homes, was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Richard Cromwell. A roll call was had as follows: Katherine Hudson: Yes, Richard Cromwell: Yes, Gregg Gainer: Yes, Henry Layes: Yes. Petition 2021-12: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILDING SETBACKS for property located at 5456 Cordell Drive, lot 22 of Clear Creek Patio Homes passes unanimously.

Old Business:

None

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn the Board of Adjustments meeting was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Gregg Gainer. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:40 PM.

 

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Planning Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:00 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

Present: Dan Cross, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, and Henry Layes. Also, Jennifer Allen- City of Johnson Clerk, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official,  James Geurtz-EDA, Jordan Wright from Wright’s BBQ, Mary Bassett from the public, and one additional guest were in attendance.

A motion to approve the April 01, 2021, Planning Commission Minutes was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Richard Cromwell.  All approved.  

Old Business:

None.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Gregg Gainer.  All approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:03 P.M.

 

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 13:16

April 1, 2021

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON, AR 

APRIL 01, 2021

 

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING

Present: Dan Cross, Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, Henry Layes, and Shane Bronson. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, Juliet Ritchey-Garver, James Geurtz-EDA, Derrick Thomas and Geoff Bates from Bates and Associates, Judy Bond from the public, and one additional guest were in attendance.

Planning Commission Public Hearing was called to order at 6:00PM by Chairman Dan Cross.

The floor was open for discussion of changes to the Zoning Ordinance regarding Sign Regulations for the City of Johnson and regarding Petition 2021-01: Requesting LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT at 7230 S. Pleasant Ridge Drive. Requested by Geoff Bates of Bates & Associates, owner.

Judy Bond, from the public queried if the variance requested is asking that there be no sidewalk, to which she was provided a copy of the variances requested. She went on to state that she believes the owner requesting variances should abide by the ordinances in place without exceptions especially regarding the street lights, street trees, and sidewalk. She also stated her current opinions are based on her lack of knowledge of what is being built. She was provided a copy of the proposed plans, to which she reiterated she believed the owner should have to do all things they are requesting variances for. Ms. Bond was informed her concerns would be reviewed during the Board of Adjustment meeting to which she acknowledged.

Planning Commission Public Hearing was closed by Chairman Dan Cross at 6:06 PM.

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Planning Commission Meeting was called to order at 6:06 P.M. by Chairman Dan Cross.

Present: Dan Cross, Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, Henry Layes, and Shane Bronson. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, Juliet Ritchey-Garver, James Geurtz-EDA, Derrick Thomas and Geoff Bates from Bates and Associates, Judy Bond from the public, and one additional guest were in attendance.

A motion to approve the March 04, 2021, Planning Commission Minutes was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Gregg Gainer. All approved.

Old Business:

The floor was open for discussion of changes to the Zoning Ordinance regarding Sign Regulations for the City of Johnson.

A motion to submit the current changes to include the edits submitted to Juliet Ritchey from Todd Wood was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Gregg Gainer. All approved.

New Business:

Petition 2021-01: Requesting LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT at 7230 S. Pleasant Ridge Drive. Requested by Geoff Bates of Bates & Associates, owner.

Geoff Bates, owner of Bates & Associates introduced himself and his business partner, Derrick Thomas. Chairman Dan Cross addressed the need for a fire hydrant as noted by the Fire Department, to which Mr. Bates stated would be incorporated in their plans. City Building Official acknowledged there were no additional issues other than the variances to be discussed in the Board of Adjustments meeting to which no Commissioners disagreed. Commissioner Layes questioned the ownership of adjacent property owners to which Mr. Bates notified possibly changing since the notifications were made to which the discussion

Motion to approve the Large Scale Plan as submitted in accordance with the guidelines submitted and the additional requirements recommended by EDA and the Fire Department was made by Katherine Hudson and seconded by Shane Bronson. A roll call was had with Commissioner Gregg Gainer-Yes, Katherine Hudson-Yes, Richard Cromwell-Yes, Todd Wood-Yes, Shane Bronson-Yes, Henry Layes-Yes. All approved.

No Additional New Business.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn Planning Commission meeting was made by Todd Wood and seconded by Richard Cromwell. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:20 P.M.

 

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING

CITY OF JOHNSON

APRIL 1, 2021

BOARD OFADJUSTMENTS PUBLIC HEARING:

Chairman Dan Cross called the Board of Adjustments Public Hearing to order at 6:20 PM.

Present: Present: Dan Cross, Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, Henry Layes, and Shane Bronson. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz-EDA, Derrick Thomas and Geoff Bates from Bates and Associates, Judy Bond from the public, and one additional guest were in attendance.

New Business:
Petition 2021-03: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILD TO LINE for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-04: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET LIGHTS for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-05: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR LANDSCAPE BUFFER for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-06: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET TREES for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-07: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED SIDEWALK for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-08: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED CURB ON EASTSIDE for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Petition 2021-09: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED PARKING LOT SCREENING for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Judy Bond, from the public, questioned if the proposed street light would bother the residents next to where the street light would go. She also stated she would like a tree to continue uniformity with the rest of the neighborhood.

Chairman Dan Cross closed the Board of Adjustments Public Hearing at 6:26 PM.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING:

Chairman Dan Cross called the Board of Adjustments Meeting to order at 6:26 PM

Present: Present: Dan Cross, Todd Wood, Katherine Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Gregg Gainer, Henry Layes, and Shane Bronson. Also, Clay Wilson – City of Johnson Building Official, James Geurtz-EDA, Derrick Thomas and Geoff Bates from Bates and Associates, Judy Bond from the public, and one additional guest were in attendance.

New Business:
Petition 2021-03: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILD TO LINE for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

A motion was made by Richard Cromwell to approve Petition 2021-03: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR BUILD TO LINE for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge, as submitted, and seconded by Gregg Gainer. The motion was approved with a four to two vote.

Petition 2021-04: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET LIGHTS for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Geoff Bates stated this request was made due to the numerous LED lights adjacent to this area currently overly lighting the area.

Chairman Cross reviewed the concern previously voiced by the member of the public stating she believed a light should be in place at this location.

Mr. Layes acknowledged the current lighting being abundant, but stated concern that if the current owners of the adjacent property were to leave, there is no way to ensure lighting in the area.

A motion to pass Petition 2021-04: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET LIGHTS for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge, was made by Shane Bronson and seconded by Gregg Gainer. A roll call was had as follows: Gregg Gainer-No, Katherine Hudson-No, Henry Layes-No, Richard Cromwell-No, Todd Wood-No, Shane Bronson-No. Petition 2021-04 was denied unanimously with a six to zero vote.

Petition 2021-05: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR LANDSCAPE BUFFER for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Mr. Bates stated landscaping is impossible due to the area being a shared lot also owned by him. Mr. Geurtz agreed that the parking lots are adjacent without area for planting available.

Todd Wood made a motion to approve Petition 2021-05: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR LANDSCAPE BUFFER for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge, and the motion was seconded by Richard Cromwell. A roll call was had as follows: Gregg Gainer-Yes, Katherine Hudson-Yes, Henry Layes-Yes, Richard Cromwell-Yes, Todd Wood-Yes, Shane Bronson-Yes. Petition 2021-05 was approved unanimously with a six to zero vote.

Petition 2021-06: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET TREES for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Mr. Bates stated the reason behind the request for variance was due to the fact that planting the trees would interfere with the current power lines in place.

Mr. Geurtz stated that the request for variance is consistent with the land owners logic and unique circumstances with the property.

Commissioner Layes referenced an area in Fayetteville that allowed for lower level planting and queried if that would be possible in this area to which Mr. Geurtz replied that shrubbery would impact sight distance from the property and the main street. Commissioner Layes stated he would like some landscaping that would dress up the building to which Mr. Bates stated he would not be opposed to a landscaping box as they would like the property to be aesthetically pleasing as well.

Commissioner Gainer queried if there were plans to put in any landscaping to which Mr. Bates stated they are open to inputting landscaping out of the sight triangle.

A motion to approve Petition 2021-06: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED STREET TREES for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge, with the condition that the property owner input some sort of landscaping that will be negotiated and approved by the City Building Official was made by Henry Layes and seconded by Katherine Hudson. A roll call was had as follows: Gregg Gainer-Yes, Katherine Hudson-Yes, Henry Layes-Yes, Richard Cromwell-Yes, Todd Wood-Yes, and Shane Bronson-Yes. Petition 2021-06 was approved unanimously with a six to zero vote.

Petition 2021-07: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED SIDEWALK for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Mr. Bates and his associate stated that the reason behind request is that there is no other sidewalk in the area and it would cause an eye sore to input a small stand-alone sidewalk.

Commissioner Layes agreed with the property owner that he did not believe it would be aesthetically pleasing to add a patch of sidewalk.

Chairman Cross reviewed the options available consisting of approving the variance, denying the variance, or allowing the property owner to place a fee in lieu of building the sidewalk. Mr. Geurtz and the City Building Official, Mr. Wilson, agreed that a pay in lieu of would need further discussion with the Mayor.

A motion was made to approve Petition 2021-07: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED SIDEWALK for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge, by Henry Layes and seconded by Todd Wood. A roll call was had as follows: Gregg Gainer-No, Katherine Hudson- No, Henry Layes-Yes, Richard Cromwell- No, Todd Wood- No, and Shane Bronson- No. Petition 2021-07 failed to pass with a five to one vote. A roll call was had to review the Commissioners recommendations for the Mayor’s review for the sidewalk to be built or for the property owner to pay in leiu of: Gregg Gainer: Build the sidewalk, Henry Layes: Pay in lieu of, Katherine Hudson: Build the sidewalk, Richard Cromwell: Build the sidewalk, Todd Wood: Pay in lieu of, Shane Bronson: Pay in lieu of, Dan Cross: Pay in lieu of.

Petition 2021-08: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED CURB ON EASTSIDE for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Mr. Bates stated the variance request is due to the adjacent property having future plans of building a driveway which would result in the curb having to be removed. The city building official acknowledged the area being an easement and the adjacent property owners discussing future development that would eliminate the curb.

A motion to approve Petition 2021-08: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED CURB ON EASTSIDE for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge, as submitted was made by Richard Cromwell and was seconded by Gregg Gainer. A roll call was had as follows: Gregg Gainer-Yes, Katherine Hudson-Yes, Henry Layes-Yes, Richard Cromwell-Yes, Todd Wood-Yes, and Shane Bronson-Yes. Petition 2021-08 was approved unanimously with a six to zero vote.

Petition 2021-09: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED PARKING LOT SCREENING for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge. Requested by Geoff Bates for Bates & Associates, owner.

Mr. Bates stated that the variance request is similar to the previous request to which Chairman Cross stated the adjacent property owners submitted a letter acknowledging future development that would eliminate the need for a parking lot screen as stated in the current city ordinance.

A motion was made by Todd Wood to accept Petition 2021-09: Requesting a VARIANCE FOR REQUIRED PARKING LOT SCREENING for property located for property located at 7230 South Pleasant Ridge as it is written. The motion was seconded by Katherine Hudson. A roll call was had as follows: Gregg Gainer-Yes, Katherine Hudson-Yes, Henry Layes-Yes, Richard Cromwell-Yes, Todd Wood-Yes, and Shane Bronson-Yes. Petition 2021-09 was approved unanimously with a six to zero vote.

Old Business:

None

MOTION TO ADJOURN BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS MEETING:

Motion to Adjourn the Board of Adjustments meeting was made by Richard Cromwell and seconded by Todd Wood. All approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:13 PM.

 

Monday, 14 June 2021 16:21

Johnson City Park Survey

Do you and your family use our City Park? Your input matters. Help the City with ideas for future Park uses by taking our survey.

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Thursday, 10 June 2021 20:46

RESOLUTION 2021-02

RESOLUTION 2021-2 

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF JOHNSON TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, HERITAGE AND TOURISM FOR ASSITANCE TO DEVELOP RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON

 

WHEREAS, the City of Johnson, Arkansas is seeking to improve its recreation facilities and wishes to seek grant funding assistance; and

WHEREAS, in order to obtain the funds necessary to develop and/or improve the site for such a recre­ation area, it is necessary to obtain an “Outdoor Recreation Matching Grant” from the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism; and

WHEREAS, the plans for such recreation areas have been prepared and the price therefore has been established; and

WHEREAS, this governing body understands the grantee and grantor will enter into a binding agree­ment which obligates both parties to policies and procedures contained within the Outdoor Recreation Matching Grant Application Guide, including, but not limited to, the following; the park area defined by the project boundary map, submitted with the application, must remain in outdoor recreation use in perpetuity, regardless if the property is bought or developed with matching grant funds and; all future overhead utility lines within the project boundary must be placed underground and; the project area must remain open and available for use by the public at all reasonable times of the day and year; facilities can be reserved for special events, league play, etc. but cannot be reserved, leased or assigned for exclusive use, and; the project area must be kept clean, maintained, and operated in a safe and healthful manner; and

WHEREAS, City Council of the City of Johnson is aware and apprised of the above-mentioned project, and will provide the local portion of the development cost of the entire project.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of Johnson, Arkansas that the Mayor is hereby authorized to make ap­plication to the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism for assistance to develop recreational facilities for the City of Johnson

 

PASSED AND APPROVED this _______ day of ________________, 2021.

APPROVED:   

ATTEST:                               

                                                                

Monday, 07 June 2021 14:54

Special Election

Tuesday, 01 June 2021 16:31

PUBLIC MEETING INVITATION

PUBLIC MEETING INVITATION

The City of Johnson invites its citizens and other interested persons to a public meeting in City Park, 2855 Main Dr., Johnson, Arkansas, across the street from City Hall, on June 12 at 10 am.

The purpose of the meeting is to identify potential outdoor park and recreation needs and priorities. Following the identification process, city officials will select those priorities to be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism for an Outdoor Recreation Matching Grant application. Ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and special interest groups are encouraged to attend and participate.

For those unable to attend the meeting, you may phone City Hall at 479-521-7291. Written comments may be submitted to P.O. Box 563 Johnson, AR 72741.

Friday, 21 May 2021 19:00

June 3, 2021

AGENDA FOR:
JOHNSON PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AND BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS
JUNE 3, 2021 - 6:00 PM
VIRTUAL MEETING VIA ZOOM

(In person meeting option is available. More details are available by calling City Hall at (479) 521-7291)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/1787011758222?pwd=MzdackNnTkIIRVhWeIR6MkxGZnMzUTO9

Meeting ID: 870 1175 8222

Passcode: 878577

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Comment from the Public is requested regarding the following:

Petition 2021-13: Requesting CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR A CELL TOWER at property located at 6601 S. Ball Street. Requested by Integrisite 40 represented by Greg Staggs for AT&T Wireless DBA CRB Companies, owner.

Petition 2021-15: Requesting a VACATION OF UTILITY EASEMENT for property located at 5158 Turnhouse Circle. Requested by Bates and Associates for Trevor and Kellie Lavy, owner.

PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING IS CLOSED

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER

Approval of May 6, 2021 Planning Commission Meeting minutes

OLD BUSINESS: NONE

NEW BUSINESS:

Petition 2021-13: Requesting CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT FOR A CELL TOWER at property located at 6601 S. Ball Street. Requested by Integrisite 40 represented by Greg Staggs for AT&T Wireless DBA CRB Companies, owner.

Petition 2021-15: Requesting a VACATION OF UTILITY EASEMENT for property located at 5158 Turnhouse Circle. Requested by Bates and Associates for Trevor and Kellie Lavy, owner.

MOTION TO ADJOURN PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS HAS NO BUSINESS TO DISCUSS

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 15:48

ORDINANCE 2021-6

ORDINANCE 2021-6

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

AN ORDINANCE CALLING FOR AN ELECTION IN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS ON THE ISSUE OF A ONE PERCENT (1%) TAX UPON THE GROSS RECEIPTS OF HOTEL, MOTEL AND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS AND A ONE PERCENT (1%) TAX UPON THE SALE OF PREPARED FOOD AND BEVERAGES FOR ON OR OFF PREMISES CONSUMPTION, THE PROCEEDS OF BOTH WHICH SHALL BE DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, AND MAINTENANCE OF CITY PARKS; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

WHEREAS, the City Council for the City of Johnson has determined that there is a critical need to develop, construct, and maintain city parks in the City of Johnson in order to improve the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has determined that in order for proper and orderly growth, including economic development and the continued attraction of visitors to support businesses within City of Johnson, the development, construction and maintenance of city parks is vital and that additional revenues will be therefore required; and

WHEREAS, the levy of a one percent (1%) tax upon hotel, motel and other accommodations is essential to support the development, construction and maintenance of city parks in the City of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, the levy of a one percent (1%) tax on prepared food and beverages for on or off premises consumption is essential to support the development, construction and maintenance of city parks in the City of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, the City is authorized under Ark. Code Ann. § 26-75-601 et seq., to levy a gross receipts tax of one percent (1%) upon the gross receipts of hotels, motels, and certain accommodations within the city limits, as well as upon the sale of prepared food and beverages within the city limits of Johnson, for the purpose of developing, constructing and maintaining city parks; and

WHEREAS, the moneys collected as a tax on the gross proceeds of hotels, motels and certain accommodations as well as the sale of prepared food and beverages under Arkansas law can be dedicated to construct, improve and maintain city parks if the electors of the City of Johnson approve the dedication of the tax to such purpose; and

WHEREAS, under Ark. Code. Ann. § 26-75-604(b) the City of Johnson is permitted to call an election to determine if the electors of the City of Johnson wish to dedicate the one percent (1%) tax described in this ordinance to the development, construction and maintenance of city parks; and

WHEREAS, if this tax is approved the proceeds of the tax shall be deposited into a special fund to be used for the development, construction and maintenance of city parks, which funds shall be distributed by the Mayor upon approval by the City Council; and

WHEREAS, under Ark. Code Ann. § 26-75-605 the City must create an Advertising and Promotion Commission to collect, determine use of, and distribute the tax funds collected. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Johnson, Arkansas:

Section 1: That there be, and there is hereby called, an election to be held, at which election there shall be submitted to the electors of the City the question of the levy of the tax.

Section 2: That the question of the levy shall be placed on the ballot for the election in substantially the following form:

THE LEVY OF A ONE PERCENT (1%) TAX UPON THE GROSS RECEIPTS OF HOTEL, MOTEL AND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, AND A ONE PERCENT (1%) TAX UPON THE SALE OF PREPARED FOOD AND BEVERAGES FOR ON OR OFF PREMISES CONSUMPTION IN THE CITY OF JOHNSON, THE PROCEEDS OF WHICH SHALL BE DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF CITY PARKS IN JOHNSON, ARKANSAS

            FOR ........................................................................................................................... □

            AGAINST................................................................................................................... □

Section 3. An election for the electors of the City of Johnson is hereby called the ballot title of which shall be set forth on a separate ordinance passed by the City Council and transmitted to the Washington County, Arkansas Election Commission.

Section 4. That the results of the election shall be proclaimed by the Mayor, and his Proclamation shall be published one time in a newspaper published in the City and having general circulation therein, which Proclamation shall advise that the results as proclaimed shall be conclusive unless attached in the courts within thirty (30) days after the date of publication.

Section 5: If a majority of the electors of the City of Johnson favor the creation of tax described in this ordinance, the City Council shall by December 31, 2021, pass legislation necessary to begin collection of the tax described in this ordinance to begin on January 1, 2022.

Section 6: A tax of one percent (1%) is hereby levied on the portion of the gross receipts or gross proceeds received from the renting, leasing or otherwise furnishing of hotel, motel or short term condominium rental accommodations of sleeping, meeting or party room facilities for profit in the City of Johnson, Arkansas, but such accommodations shall not include the rental or lease of such accommodations for periods of thirty (30) days for more.

Section 7: A tax of one percent (1%) is hereby levied on the portion of the gross receipts or gross proceeds received from the proceeds received by restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, delicatessens, drive-in restaurants, carry-out restaurants, concessions stands, convenience stores, grocery store restaurants, mobile food vendors, and similar businesses from the sale of prepared food and beverages for on or off premises consumption for profit in the City of Johnson.

Section 8: (a) The one percent (1%) tax described in this ordinance hereof shall be paid by the persons, firms, and corporations liable therefor and shall be collected by the Advertising and Promotions Commission of the City of Johnson (herein after called the (“Commission”), or by a designated agent of the Commission, in the same manner and at the time as the tax is levied by the Arkansas Gross Receipts Act, Ark. Code. Ann. § 26-52-101, et seq. (Ark. Code. Ann. § 26-75-603 (a)(1).

(b) The person paying the tax shall report and remit said tax on forms provided by the Commission and as directed by the Commission. The rules, regulations, forms of notice, assessment procedures, and the enforcement and collection of the tax under the Arkansas Gross Receipts Act shall, so far as practicable, be applicable with respect to the enforcement and collection of the tax levied pursuant to the authority of Ark. Code. Ann. § 26-75-603. The administration and enforcement, and all actions shall be by and through the proper Commission officials or agents.

Section 9. (a) There is hereby created the City of Johnson Advertising and Promotions Commission, which shall be composed of seven (7) members, each of whom shall reside with this city, as follows:

  1. Four (4) members shall be owners or managers of a business in the tourism industry, at least three (3) of whom shall be owners or managers of hotels, motels or restaurants, and who shall serve for staggered terms of four (4) years; and
  1. Two (2) members of the Commission shall be members of the Johnson City Council, selected by the Johnson City Council and shall serve at the will of the Johnson City Council; and
  1. One (1) member shall be from the public at large and shall be nominated by the Mayor of Johnson and approved by the Johnson City Council for a term of four (4) years, in accordance with the applicable Arkansas Law.

(b) The four (4) tourism industry positions provided for in subdivision (a)(1) of Ark. Code. Ann. § 26-75-605(a)(1) shall be filled by appointment made by the Johnson City Council for staggered terms to that:

  • one (1) member will serve for a term of one (1) year;
  • one (1) member will serve for a term of two (2) years;
  • one (1) member will serve for a term of three (3) years;
  • one (1) member will serve for a term of four (4) years.

All successors to these members shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years. Vacancies on the Commission, whether resulting from expiration of a regular term or otherwise, in any of the four (4) tourism industry positions or in the at-large position, shall be filled by appointment made by the remaining members of the Commission with the approval of a majority of the Johnson City Council. The City Council may remove of the Commission by two thirds (2/3) vote, upon thirty (30) days’ notice of intent to take such vote and prior to such vote occurring.

Section 10. All local taxes collected pursuant to this ordinance shall be used for the purposes to pledge all, or any part of, the revenues derived from the tax for the purposes prescribed in this ordinance which are for the development, construction and maintenance of city parks, which funds shall be distributed by the Mayor upon approval by the City Council, in accordance with applicable Arkansas law.

Section 11: SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application and to this end the provision of this ordinance are declared severable.

Section 12: All ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.

Section 13: EMERGENCY CLAUSE. The City Council of the City of Johnson desires to put the question of the dedicated use of collections of a Johnson Advertising and Promotion Tax to a vote of the people to determine if such collections shall by dedicated to construction and maintenance of city parks and in order to hold the special election, which will be most convenient for the citizens of Johnson and save city funds as well, this ordinance must be passed and go into effect immediately, therefore, an emergency is declared and this ordinance shall go into effect immediately upon its passage.

PASSED and APPROVED this 11st day of May, 2021.

 APPROVED:

Chris Keeney, Mayor

ATTEST:

Jennifer Allen, City Clerk-Treasurer

(Seal)

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