A request from a restaurant on West 28th Avenue to operate as a private club will be considered Tuesday by the Pine Bluff Planning Commission.

A request from a restaurant on West 28th Avenue to operate as a private club will be considered Tuesday by the Pine Bluff Planning Commission.

The New Harbor Restaurant at 2520 W. 28th Ave. has submitted an application to operate as a restaurant and private club. Planning staff are recommending approval of the request, subject to the permit being revoked if too many incidents requiring police involvement are reported at the club.

The commission meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the civic complex.

According to the Planning Commission agenda packet, the owners have operated the site as a private club in the past without knowing that a permit was required.

“There have been no incidents of which we are aware that occurred at the site during that time,” planning staff advise in the agenda packet. “The applicant is now trying to obtain the correct city permits.”

The owners names are not listed on the Planning Commission agenda and the signature on the application is illegible. However, at the time of an article in September 2011, the owners of a restaurant named “The Harbor” at the same address were Tony Dowd and Jefferson County District 5 Justice of the Peace Lloyd Franklin II.

At the time of that article, the owners were attempting to settle outstanding prepared food taxes they owed the city of Pine Bluff after not paying any since it had opened several months previously, according to reports from Convention Center Director Bob Purvis and city collector’s office staff at the time. Purvis said at the time that taxes were also owed from Dowd’s previous restaurant, YNOT Charley’s, which burned down in 2009.

Other business

The Pine Bluff Board of Zoning Adjustment meets jointly with the Planning Commission. In other business, the two panels will also consider requests from:

• Pamela Smith representing Lunsford Realty to rezone 3800 Oakwood Road from R-1 Residential to B-3 Highway Commercial. A single-family home is currently at the site, but the applicant would like to construct a retail business at the site. Planning staff are recommending against the request, citing that the traffic volume in the area is already too much for the existing roadway. Staff recommend against adding additional commercial businesses to the area until after the road is widened or the traffic problems are otherwise eased.

• Harden Anjolok representing the Pine Bluff Marshallese First Assembly of God to establish a church at 2221 Olive St. Suite G. Planning staff are recommending approval of the request.

• Doristine Johnson representing God is Love and Care — Bread of Life Ministry to establish a church in a vacant commercial building at 1412 S. Poplar St. in a B-1 Commercial zone. Planning staff are recommending approval of the request, subject to several stipulations including ones regarding parking, bringing the building up to code and building a second door for easier access.

• Brian Erwin representing Welch Motor Co. to erect an 8-foot black vinyl fence in the front-yard setback at 2505 S. Olive St. and to install a 6-foot chain-link fence topped with barbed wire along the north side of the property, which would fall partially within the front-yard setback. The applicant cited a desire for increased security as the reason for the request. Planning staff are recommending denial of the requests, citing the city zoning code prohibiting such fences in the front-yard setback.

• Elbert Bennett to reduce the number of parking spots required for a planned senior assisted living facility at 2801 W. Elm St. Planning staff are recommending approval of the request.

• And Ruby Hathcoat to close 100 feet of Wormack Street from Moreland Street to the west. The portion of street appears on city plans but has never actually been constructed. Planning staff are recommending approval of the request.

The commissioners will also consider proposed chances to zoning code regarding what kinds of storage buildings are allowed in commercial zones.