Planning Commission

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Planning Department
Phone: 784-2216
Fax: 784-2462
Email: planning@fortsmithar.gov

The Planning Commission consists of nine members, appointed by the Board of Directors for a three-year term. Members of the Planning Commission must be owners of or tenants in real property in the City of Fort Smith and be qualified electors of the City. The Planning Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Creekmore Park Community Center. A study session is held the first Tuesday of each month at 11:30am in the Rose Room of the Creekmore Park Community Center, 3301 South M. Street.

The purpose of the Planning Commission is to prepare a development plan for the City, to receive and make recommendations on public and private proposals for the development and to prepare and administer planning regulations. The Planning Commission is authorized to prepare and adopt a land use plan, a community facilities plan, a master street plan and such other plans affecting the general welfare of the City.

The Planning Commission is also responsible for reviewing all rezoning, conditional use and home occupation requests, as well as proposed subdivisions. A rezoning application requires a minimum of 5 yes votes. Home occupation, conditional use, variance and subdivision requests require a majority vote of the Planning Commission members present and voting. Any rezoning application receiving approval of the Planning Commission will go before the City Board of Directors for their review on the first Tuesday of the following month at 6:00 p.m. in Building "B" of the Fort Smith Public Schools Service Center located at 3205 Jenny Lind. The Planning Commission’s action on conditional uses, home occupations and subdivisions is final unless an interested party appeals the decision of the Planning Commission to the City Board of Directors. An appeal to a rezoning, home occupation or conditional use application will also go before the City Board of Directors for the review on the first Tuesday of the following month at 6:00 p.m. in Building "B" of the Fort Smith Public Schools Service Center located at 3205 Jenny Lind.

The Planning Commission also acts as the Board of Zoning Adjustment and hears appeals from the decision of the administrative officers regarding enforcement and application of the zoning ordinances and hears requests for variances from the provisions of the zoning ordinance. All action of the Board of Zoning Adjustment will be final unless appealed to the court of jurisdiction.


 

members  Members (9)  Term: 3 Years  Meetings: Monthly

Thomas E. Howard Jr.

Member 

Appointed: 03/15/2011

Expiration: 04/30/2020

3121 Jackson

Fort Smith, AR

648-9226 (H) 452-2636 (W)

rhoward@risley-associates.com

Vicki Newton

Member 

Appointed: 03/15/2011

Expiration: 04/30/2020

2725 Reeder St.

Fort Smith, AR

709-9946 (H) 782-4001 (W)

vicki@dixiecupfcu.com

Sarah Howe

Member

Appointed: 03/17/2015

Expiration: 04/30/2018

5701 Free Ferry

Fort Smith, AR 72903

459-7247

skhowe22@sbcglobal.net

Shane Laster

Member 

Appointed: 04/18/2017

Expiration: 04/30/2020

4214 Cherokee Circle

Fort Smith, AR 72903

452-7800

lastershane@yahoo.com

Talicia Richardson

Member 

Appointed: 03/17/2015

Expiration: 04/30/2018

509 North 7 Street

Fort Smith, AR 72901 

taliciarichardson@gmail.com

Robert Cooper Jr.

Member

Real Estate Broker

Appointed: 05/07/2013

Expiration: 04/30/2019

4800 Chestnut Way

Fort Smith, AR 72903

478-6161

bob@rhghan.com

Don Keesee

Member

Banker, Summit Bank

Appointed: 03/27/2013

Expiration: 04/30/2019

6607 Highland Drive

Fort Smith, AR 72916

719-8522 (H) 478-4300 (W)

dkeesee@bankozarks.com

Marshall L. Sharpe

Member 

Appointed: 08/17/2010

Expiration: 04/30/2019

5 Free Ferry North

Fort Smith, AR

461-0761

mlsharpe@cox.net

Josh Carson

Member 

Attorney, Jones, Jackson, & Moll, PLC

Appointed: 03/17/2015

Expiration: 04/30/2018

401 North 7th Street

Fort Smith, AR

782-7203

josh@jjmlaw.com