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Re: “State investigating North Little Rock over rejection of adult care home

Alderman Murry Witcher, who supported the House of Three when it came before the City Council in December, said once the state investigation is complete, he expects the council to consider additional changes to accommodate adult group homes, which he believes are needed in the city.
"At that time, we'll have to address it," he said. "I think whatever that language is, it will be something that both the [state] folks and the city attorney will agree."

There are already several neighborhoods within North Little Rock that are zoned R-2, which allow for the type of business Butler wants to operate.
Detailed zoning maps are linked from NLR City website: http://www.northlr.org/departments/community-planning/intmap.asp

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Posted by commentor on 05/30/2014 at 11:36 AM

Re: “State investigating North Little Rock over rejection of adult care home

Also on the FHA website:
"Reasonable accommodation not required if significant burden on the locality or fundamental change to the neighborhood: A 50-bed nursing home would not ordinarily be considered an appropriate use in a single-family neighborhood, for obvious reasons having nothing to do with the disabilities of its residents. Such a facility might or might not impose significant burdens and expense on the community, but it would likely create a fundamental change in the single-family character of the neighborhood. On the other hand, a nursing home might not create a “fundamental change” in a neighborhood zoned for multi-family housing. The scope and magnitude of the modification requested, and the features of the surrounding neighborhood are among the factors that would be taken into account in determining whether a requested accommodation is reasonable."

The key sentence from that paragraph is: The scope and magnitude of the modification requested, and the features of the surrounding neighborhood are among the factors that would be taken into account in determining whether a requested accommodation is reasonable.

Lakewood is a residential neighborhood. Butler wants to operate a business in which services are provided to residents at the residence. This means additional traffic, noise, and disruption to the residential neighborhood in the form of employees, visitors, medical providers day and night, and other delivery services. Is this reasonable? Neighbors and City Council think not.

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Posted by commentor on 05/30/2014 at 11:33 AM

 

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