A request to ease the qualifications for the clients who may live in a post-foster-care transitional home on 5th Avenue will be considered Tuesday by the Pine Bluff Planning Commission.

A request to ease the qualifications for the clients who may live in a post-foster-care transitional home on 5th Avenue will be considered Tuesday by the Pine Bluff Planning Commission.

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

The transitional home is at 1104 W. 5th Ave. at the intersection with Cherry Street. Applicant Richelene Harris, representing Bessie Beavers Campus Housing, has already had one use permitted on review request approved by the commission.

The original permit allowed for clients aged 18-21 who have aged out of the foster-care system, referred to the program by the Department of Human Services and who are currently or will be attending college. The clients could not be sexual offenders, exiting a detention facility, substance abuse facility or mental health facility.

The amendment before the Planning Commission would allow the clients to either be employed or attending college.

“The applicant states the facility is furnished, ready to go, but is vacant because DHS is not referring clients to the facility because, they say, there are no youths who meet this criteria in their local or nearby program,” it states in the commission agenda.

Planning staff are recommending approval of the request, subject to several conditions, including that the home’s permit may be revoked if conditions are not met. The number of clients is limited to five. No co-ed arrangements are allowed.

In other business, the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Adjustment, which meet jointly, will consider:

• A proposed variance request to construct signage closer to the property lines at 2901 Pines Mall Drive than allowed by ordinance. The request comes from Weiner Development, the new owner of the mall, which desires the signs for better visibility. “The new sign package and the need for better visibility is crucial in persuading new tenants to locate to the mall,” it states in their request. Planning staff are recommending approval of the request.

• And a proposed use permitted on review request from Valeria Franklin representing Yes I Can Ministries to establish a church at 2902 S. Catalpa St. Suite 4, which is a business building in Light Industrial zone. Planning staff are recommending approval of the request, subject to some stipulations about parking and other items.