Please click on image to ENLARGE view of Kim J. Hesse, managing partner for Land Development of Rausch Coleman Homes, after the former Fayetteville tree-protection administrator successfully presented for her company and gained unanimous approval from the Fayetteville City Council for her company's latest project in west Fayetteville. Hesse's understanding of watershed-protection best-management practices was a significant part of her success. Scroll down for Jordan on renters, Mike Ross, GOP recruit, and Washington County Quorum Court mistake below.
Council gives nod to third phase of Walnut Crossing
BY KATE WARD Northwest Arkansas Times
Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Fayetteville City Council members approved the third phase of a 168-acre planned residential zoning district at the city's western edge and north of U.S. 62.
The third phase of the Coves at Walnut Crossing master plan consists of 10.5 acres and 38 singlefamily plots. The property is within walking distance of a city park and is just northwest of the Farmington School District.
"We haven't seen this concept developed in Fayetteville before," said Jeremy Pate, director of current planning for the city of Fayetteville. "It creates a mixture of home prices throughout the neighborhood. It's also pedestrian friendly and decreases the infrastructure for development."
Ward 4 Alderman Sarah Lewis expressed concern over the subdivision's impact on the Illinois River watershed.
Kim Hesse, managing partner of land development for Rausch Coleman Homes, said she hopes to turn a portion of the development into restored wetland.
"About two-thirds of the property goes to the south and the rest goes toward the north where the wetland is," she said. "It's very flat, so I don't think you'll have the erosion you're concerned about. This still has to be approved by Farmington though."
Also during Tuesday's council meeting, aldermen approved a resolution to name the Mud Creek tributary that begins on Mount Sequoyah near Root Elementary School Niokaska Creek.
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Council passes phase 3 of Walnut Crossing on Feb. 3, 2009
Fourth-grade students from Root Elementary School's "Green Team" identified the unnamed tributary as a topic of interest during a class project aimed at involving students in local government.