For Release 12 noon Wednesday, February 29, 2012
By Billy Ray McKelvy
De Queen Mayor
Last week about 20 people took advantage of the opportunity to meet with city officials and a professional planner concerning ways to encourage construction in the City of De Queen.
In an afternoon session, citizens listed several specific instances in which city policies or regulations caused them problems. Specifically mentioned were the city’s sign ordinance, property line setback regulations and the need for economic development.
During a tour of the city, Von Tungeln looked at some properties that did not fit with the city’s Land Use and Development book. That document defines the city’s property zones, covers the building permit process and also sets out the requirements for development of residential subdivisions. Also covered are manufactured housing and the process of permitting cell phone towers.
Von Tungeln had some suggestions to add another R-2 property zone classification that would allow multi-family housing without permitting manufactured homes.
A city staff member had a suggestion for simplifying the variance process to make it easier and less costly for people who need a variance in order to make a project practical.
These suggestions will be presented to the city’s planning commission at their next meeting and if they meet approval there, they will be referred to the full city council.