Purpose of Study
City Council members and the City of Bentonville staff are taking a proactive approach to
commercial corridors in Bentonville. Such corridors traditionally developed as strip developments
or single use lots. This created an auto-oriented commercial environment.
Commercial trends show a greater desire for more pedestrian friendly, aesthetically
pleasing, mixed use environment. To adjust to such trends and with an aging commercial
corridor, the time is right to prepare for a future North Walton Blvd that can compete
locally and regionally for business and commercial activity.
The plan will be developed by studying the existing conditions, analyzing this against
current commercial development trends to make recommendations for improved access
management, complimentary land uses, pleasing aesthetics, and economic development
strategies to create a sustainable commercial corridor that is economically vibrant.
The study area for this Corridor Enhancement Plan is North Walton Blvd, between Central
Ave to the south and Ridgefield to the north.
Access: Improve access management and create a safe multi-modal travel environment
with an improved pedestrian experience.
Aesthetics: Create an inviting streetscape with enhanced landscaping and updated architecture
that creates an identity for the North Walton Blvd corridor.
Activity: Establish a functionally compatible density of residential and commercial development
with a balanced business mix.