Planning commission considers CUP applications

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Eureka Springs Planning Commission is waiting to move forward with a few CUP applications.

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the commission considered a CUP application for three units of bed and breakfast lodging at 19 Thomas Drive. The commission had previously deferred the application to receive input from city attorney Tim Weaver on a covenant saying the neighborhood should have only single-family homes.

“We had some issues about the covenant,” chairwoman Ann Tandy-Sallee said. “Even though it’s listed there with the legal description, it cannot be used to deny the CUP.”

“We can’t consider that as part of our decision,” commissioner Susan Harman said.

Damon Henke, who owns the property, said there are already two other home-based businesses in the neighborhood.

“This neighborhood already has the character of having businesses in it,” Henke said. “We certainly aren’t changing the character of the neighborhood.”

Harman moved to approve the application but no one seconded her motion. Tandy-Sallee said she wasn’t sure what to do next, saying she had never seen that happen at a meeting. At the end of the meeting, Harman moved to rescind her motion and the commission agreed to do so, deferring the application to the next meeting.

The commission also deferred two applications at 70 Dogwood Ridge, one for two units of tourist lodging and another for a new commercial construction on the property. Tandy-Sallee said one of the commissioners lives within 200 feet of the property and chose to recuse themselves from voting.

“Because I do not have a quorum without my other member here, we’ll have to postpone this to the next meeting,” Tandy-Sallee said.

The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at The Auditorium.

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