Comprehensive Planning

Comprehensive Planning is a division of the Community Development Department and is responsible for long-range planning, future land use plan, plan implementation, development reports, demographic data, regulatory review, neighborhood services, Community Development Block Grant program, and community programs.

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Long Range Planning

The Bentonville Community Plan

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This is the official comprehensive plan for the City of Bentonville. It is intended to serve as a roadmap for the community as it evolves, grows, and changes over time. The plan is not an ordinance or a regulation but instead serves to identify key areas of focus, define a vision for future growth and development, and provide guidance for city actions and investments over the next 10 to 20 years. Click here for more information.

Annual Development Reports

Comprehensive Planning prepares a report each year identifying development activity in Bentonville. It includes projects and requests that come through the Planning Commission as well as building permit data. See reports...

Planning Documents

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  1. Comprehensive Planning

    Physical Address
    305 SW A Street
    Bentonville, AR 72712

  2. Shelli Kerr

    Comprehensive Planning Manager, AICP

  3. Baylea Birchfield

    Neighborhood Planner

  4. Taylor Allen

    Community & Economic Development Planner

Community Enrichment

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  • The Public Art Advisory Committee is appointed by the Mayor and approved by City Council. They are responsible for:
    • Serving in an advisory capacity to City Council for recommending artwork to be placed on public property
    • Providing technical advisement on the development of a public art program
    • Following the adopted Art in Public Places policy.
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Tree & Landscape Advisory Committee

  • The City of Bentonville’s Tree and Landscape Advisory Committee serves as an advisory committee to Planning Commission, City Council, and city staff working to maintain, improve, renew, and protect the urban forest in public rights-of-way, as well as to share information with the public, enhance appreciation of trees, promote proper tree care, and encourage participation in the development of Bentonville’s urban forest. Click here for more information.

Community Development Block Grant Program

  • The City of Bentonville, Arkansas is a participant in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, managed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The city is awarded funds annually to carry out eligible activities that benefit extremely-low to moderate-low individuals and families and is a significant community development resource for the City of Bentonville. Click here for more information.

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  • Bentonville’s Great Neighborhoods Partnership connects the Mayor’s core goals of transparency and improved communication with residents to the Community Plan’s goal of stronger neighborhoods to establish Bentonville as a “great place to plant roots." Comprehensive Planning staff provides assistance for neighborhood associations - those organizing or already organized. They provide resources and tips on neighborhood organizing, neighborhood events, and goal setting. Click here for more information.  

Neighborhood Services 

  • Our Code Enforcement Officers are responsible for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and to preserve the aesthetic character of Bentonville through the enforcement of city ordinances and the property maintenance code. This division is responsible for: 
    • Establishing minimum standards governing property maintenance and appearance
    • Inspecting for compliance with property maintenance codes
    • Managing code violation cases
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