71B Corridor Plan

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The Final Draft of the 71B Master Plan is now available for public review.

Click here to view the final draft. 

Public feedback is welcome. Those who wish to offer feedback may email City Planner Harry Davis at hdavis@fayetteville-ar.gov or call the City of Fayetteville Planning Division at 479.575.8267.

October, 2019 Update: 71B Corridor Plan Final Draft

Last July Fayetteville launched a community planning process to rethink the 71B corridor. A critical goal was to engage the community to help develop strategies to improve the corridor’s economic vitality, increase affordable housing, make it safe and convenient for all modes of travel, encourage active and healthy living, and create an attractive front door to Fayetteville’s downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.

The 71B Corridor Final Draft Master Plan Document, Illustrative Plan and Transportation Framework represent the project’s major work products for public review. These documents and illustrations are the result of an extensive citizen participation process which involved a detailed citizen survey, focus group discussions, five highly interactive public workshops/design studios, monthly 71B Steering Committee meetings, and input from our Planning Commission and Members of our City Council. The consultant team completed a detailed parcel-by-parcel analysis of the entire corridor, which is summarized in the Master Plan Document and depicted on the Illustrative plan.

Click here to view the Final Draft 71B Corridor Master Plan Document (pdf)

Click here to view the 71B Illustrative Plan (pdf)

Click here to view the 71B Transportation Framework (pdf)

As depicted on the Illustrative Plan Transportation Framework, Fayetteville residents and business owners want to address increasing traffic congestion problems on the northern end of the corridor, and improve aesthetics, safety, economic vitality, and development potential throughout the corridor. Common themes were a desire to make strategic public improvements to attract private investment and improve the corridor’s image and livability. Participants understood 71B Corridor improvements would happen gradually and take time to complete, but that didn’t diminish their support for taking bold action and getting started immediately.

Initial projects identified for possible bond funding included:

  • Alleviating congestion on the northern end by constructing parallel north/south connections
  • Reconstructing the section between Township and North Streets as shown on the Illustrative Plan by adding medians for better traffic control
  • Reconstructing sidewalks to make it safer for pedestrians
  • Adding bus shelters and transit lanes at key intersections

The corridor carries less traffic south of downtown and this section has been identified for “rightsizing” as shown on the illustrative plan to gain more space for pedestrian and bicycle amenities and to make it more livable and attractive for residential development.

Current Status / Next Steps

The last step in the process is review of the overall plan by the Planning Commission, Mayor, and City Council in fall/winter, 2019.  View targeted dates and activities below:

•May 3 – May 13: steering committee, Planning Commission, City Council, and public are invited to review and comment on the draft plan.

•May 13: Steering Committee is invited to meet with RDG at City Hall Room 111 to review the draft plan at 4 pm.

•May 13: RDG to present the draft plan to Planning Commission at City Hall Room 219 at 5:30 pm.

•May 14: RDG and city staff to host open house for City Council to review the draft plan in City Hall Room 326 at 3 pm.

•May 14: RDG to present the draft plan to City Council at agenda session in City Hall Room 326 at 4:30 p.m.

•May 14: RDG to present more details of the draft plan to the Transportation Committee in City Hall Room 326 at 5:30 p.m.

•June - September, 2019: RDG to revise the draft plan to address comments.

•October - December, 2019: Staff to distribute final plan to Planning Commission and City Council

71B Corridor Plan Study Area Map