The city of Fayetteville is accepting comments on a preliminary draft of the master plan for the U.S. Highway 71B corridor. In July, the city started a community planning process to rethink the 4-mile segment of the corridor, between the northern city limits and Cato Springs Road.
Public input was received to help planners to develop strategies outlined in the draft plan. Aspects of the plan include narrowing to two lanes with a center turn lane the segment of Highway 71B, between Cato Springs Road and Rock Street; shifting the northbound lanes of the highway to the west to allow for multi-story development east of the interchange with the Fulbright expressway; and connecting several streets, including Appleby Road, Plainview Avenue and Mall Avenue, to create a street running parallel with Highway 71B, between Fiesta Square and Northwest Arkansas Mall. The plan also includes several mixed-use and commercial developments along the highway, including multi-level, mixed-use developments west of the mall and multiple restaurants at its southeast corner.
The document is a preliminary draft and considered a work in progress, according to a news release. Feedback on the plan can be submitted via email to City Planner Harry Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the city of Fayetteville planning department at 479-575-8267.
The draft plan will be presented 5:30 p.m. May 13 at the Planning Commission at City Hall. The public will have an opportunity to make comments in person. After revisions based on city and public feedback, the final plan should be presented July 2 to City Council.
Link here for the draft plan.