Rolling Hills Drive
Note: This page was last updated March 9, 2018
On the City’s Master Street Plan (a guiding policy document) – existing and possible future sections of Rolling Hills Drive (between College Avenue/HWY 71B and Crossover Road/HWY 265) are designated as “principal arterial.”
In anticipation of updating Fayetteville’s City Plan 2030 and at the request of area property owners, City staff is reviewing the City’s Master Street Plan and considering revisions. This provides an excellent opportunity to consider alternatives to the designation and directional layout of the roadway.
When Rolling Hills Drive was built in 1965, City documents described it as a “commercial thoroughfare.” The definition of “thoroughfare” is simple – a way of passage from one point to another. Commercial uses of roads usually generate higher volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic as compared to residential roads. City staff believes that Rolling Hills was built in anticipation of the need for four lanes of vehicle traffic. However, the roadway has only had two lanes of traffic and a recent addition of a bike lanes. Rolling Hills Drive has been designated as a major roadway connecting College Avenue to Crossover Road for approximately 20 years.
City staff has held two public meetings. After hearing resident input and reviewing numerous factors such as traffic speeds and volumes; public feedback from the Fayetteville Mobility Plan; historic, current, and future land use patterns – City staff is recommending downgrading Rolling Hills Drive from “principal arterial” to “collector.”
The current zoning in the nearby neighborhoods, including nearby undeveloped land, is a combination of RSF-4, RI-12, R-O, R-A, NS-G, and P-1. City Plan 2030 defines the area as “Residential Neighborhood” with Butterfield Trail Elementary School as “Civic Institutional.” (Information can be viewed via the interactive Land Use Map, Zoning Map, and Fayetteville Code of Ordinance's Zoning Regulations)
It is important to note that a rezoning request is underway. Item RZN 17-6052 is a request to rezone 23 acres of undeveloped woodland south of Butterfield Trail Elementary from RSF-4, Residential Single Family Four Units per Acre to NC, Neighborhood Conservation. Planning staff recommended forwarding RZN 17-6052 to City Council with a recommendation of approval. However, due to an application deficiency, the rezoning item previously approved on February 27 in the the City Council agenda packet was not heard at the March 6 meeting and is now scheduled for the March 12 Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission must review the revised application and make a recommendation before it can proceed to City Council. This rezoning request is unrelated to street connection requirements as the Rolling Hills Drive connection can be made under existing zoning and subdivision rules.
- March 12 Planning Commission Memo RZN 17-6052: Rezone (EAST OF ROLLING HILLS DR. & OLD
MISSOURI RD./KEENAN, 253-254)
The above item will be tabled until March 26, 2018 to meet public notification requirements.
- March 12 Planning Commission Memo ADM 18-6098: ROLLING HILLS DR./SKILLERN RD. CORRIDOR MASTER STREET PLAN AMENDMENT, 252-253)
- Public Comment for ADM 18-6098 (as of March 6)
- Presentations at the February 22 Meeting
- January 22 Planning Commission Meeting Agenda (RZN 17-6052 information, including application and staff review, begins on page 170)
- January 22 Planning Commission Meeting Minutes (RZN 17-6052 discussion summary begins on page 13)
- January 22 Planning Commission Meeting Recording (RZN 17-6052 presentation begins at the 2:38:55 mark)
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