A permit request that would allow the applicant to establish a cafe and sweet shop in a daycare building on Sulphur Springs Road will be considered Tuesday by the Pine Bluff Planning Commission.

A permit request that would allow the applicant to establish a cafe and sweet shop in a daycare building on Sulphur Springs Road will be considered Tuesday by the Pine Bluff Planning Commission.

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

The request comes from Lawrence Richy of High on the Hog Cafe. The proposed site is 6707 Sulphur Springs Road, which is in a Residential-Business Zone. They would be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and serve barbecue, plate lunches, desserts and burgers, according to the commission agenda. The applicant currently has a mobile food stand on the lot.

The staff recommendation from Jerre George of Regional Planning is denial of the request. According to her research, a convenience store across the street was built prior to when that part of town was annexed into the city and was grandfathered in. The zoning change for the day care was allowed in 1998. Other surrounding areas are mostly single-family residential.

“First and foremost, as we have stated in the past, we do not feel that any new commercial-type land uses (restaurants, retail, banks, amusements, etc.) should be developed on Sulphur Springs Road until the corridor has been widened,” George states in the agenda in explanation of her recommendation. “When the road is widened, the city should then study the corridor to determine if the zoning of the area requires change.

“Secondly, once new businesses are allowed to be developed in a certain location, you are setting a trend for future development. If new land uses such as a restaurant are allowed to be developed, it would most likely generate future requests for other new commercial land uses or expansion of existing commercial land uses in the general vicinity. We do not feel it is appropriate to allow one property owner to develop a land use that most likely will not be allowed anywhere else along the corridor until several years in the future.”

In other business, the commission will consider:

• A use permitted on review request to establish a transitional living facility at 2702 W. 2nd Ave. in an I-3 Industrial zone. Applicant Jeremy McKenzie has operated such a facility at 3201 W. Pullen Ave. for about a year and would like to expand because the current facility is full. The facility would house up to 40 people with substance abuse issues, be staffed around the clock and would offer on-site counseling, GED classes and other activities. Planning staff are recommending approval of the request, subject to a requirement that the facility not accept violent offenders from the prison system or courts.

• And a use permitted on review request to establish a home daycare at 3 Carol St. in an R-1 residential zone. The applicant is Giggle’s Grin’s Childcare LLC. Planning staff are recommending denial of the request, citing zoning code that requires in-home day cares to have at least 600 square feet of parking space and a minimum width of 18 feet continuous to the street. According to the recommendation, there is not enough room at the application site to create that much parking without damaging the aesthetics and residential aspect of the neighborhood.