A 76-tract home development on the rural Roland Cutoff Road with more lots planned in future. This development has not yet had final plat approval, which is needed before lots may be sold. The governing body is the Pulaski County Planning Board. Contact members to voice your opinion.
Many people of the area were not made aware of the large scale development named Paradise Valley on the Roland Cutoff. Law requires only certain property owners who are immediately adjacent to the development are to be mailed certified letters. This was a total of 6 addresses, including the developer's own! There are hundreds of homes in the area including across from the development who were not alerted.
Make your voice known now.
This interactive map was obtained from the DEQ (Division of Environmental Quality)
This excerpt is from the Construction Permit issued June 22, 2021. Scroll to items #10 & #11.
This interactive map shows which properties are inside or outside the Lake Maumelle Watershed in Pulaski County.
Pulaski Area Geographic Information System
"PAgis is an independent government agency specializing in the acquisition, maintenance and distribution of GIS related data within Pulaski County, Arkansas. PAgis is supported by eight partner agencies: Central Arkansas Water, the City of Little Rock, the City of North Little Rock, the City of Jacksonville, the City of Sherwood, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority, North Little Rock Wastewater, and Pulaski County Public Works."
Pinnacle Area for Responsible Development (PARD)
To empower the citizens with information and tools in order to keep the historic communities in which they live rural, safe, and healthy.
July 4, 2021
Pinnacle Area for Responsible Development is a local grassroots citizens group working to shape policy, guide development, protect the rural character, and promote vibrant communities Northwest of Pinnacle Mountain State Park that will benefit the entire community and future generations of Arkansans.
Pinnacle Area for Responsible Development citizens live on the Northwest side of Pinnacle Mountain State Park, which can be described as “The quiet side of Pinnacle” and located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains just outside of Little Rock. It is composed of the rural and forested unincorporated historic areas known as Roland, Little Italy, and Wye Mountain in Northwest Pulaski County within the Big Rock township. These communities are “bedroom communities” or “commuter towns” where most people work elsewhere. The area’s elevation averages to approximately 645 ft above sea level. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total land area of 759.76 square miles. It is the most populated county in the state of Arkansas with a population of 391,911; however the growth rate has remained flat. Only 4% of Pulaski County is forested land. Residents consist of farmers, ranchers, families, commuters, and outdoor enthusiasts living in non-tract single-unit family dwellings.
The area is a rural, agriculture, and ranching based economy with a shifting emphasis towards recreational tourism. The area is known for its wide variety of attractions including a state park, national forest hiking trails, wildlife, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, ultralight flying, biking, and museum.
The wildlife, vegetation, and water resources are an important part of the area’s beauty and economy. The Lake Maumelle Watershed is located in this area and is the primary drinking water source for over 450,000 consumers in Central Arkansas. Deer, black bear, bobcat, bald eagles, fox, and other species can be found throughout the area. Forests, rivers, and lakes dominate the landscape and provide habitat for mammals, birds, and fish. Along with the PARD, organizations such as the local chapter of the Sierra Club, Audubon Arkansas, The Nature Conservancy, and Friends of the Ouachita Trail work to preserve and protect these irreplaceable treasures.
Roland is an unincorporated community north of Pinnacle Mountain State Park in western Pulaski County, not far from the Arkansas River. It is crossed by State Highway 300, part of which is a component of the Arkansas River Trail, a pedestrian and bicycle trail that goes through Little Rock (Pulaski County) and North Little Rock (Pulaski County). Once a stop on the Rock Island rail line, Roland is home to nearly 750 residents; its post office also serves nearby Natural Steps (Pulaski County), as well as many rural residents and businesses in the area. The Roland post office was established in 1884, several years before the arrival of the railroad.
Little Italy is an unincorporated community and was founded on December 23rd, 1915 by a group of Italian immigrants who had originally settled in Chicago and northern Michigan during the early part of the 20th Century. Little Italy was the last Catholic immigrant colony in Arkansas and is situated in both Northwest Pulaski County and Eastern Perry County. The Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society and Museum is located in Little Italy proper as well as the 100 –year-old Catholic parish of St. Francis of Assisi which celebrates annually their locally loved spaghetti dinner enjoyed by the greater Central Arkansas Area. In 2021, they were in their 94th year. Little Italy/Wye Mountain is home to nearly 400 residents along the Scenic Highway Corridors 300 and 113.
Wye Mountain is an unincorporated community directly adjacent to Little Italy in Perry and Pulaski Counties rich in cultural and regional history and home to the annual Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival that draws thousands of visitors yearly. In 2021, they were in their 43rd year. Little Italy/Wye Mountain is home to nearly 400 residents along the Scenic Highway Corridors of 300 and 113.
The unincorporated communities are governed by the County of Pulaski headed by an Administrative County Judge and are represented on the County Quorum Court by a Justice of the Peace local to the area. At state level, the area is within Districts 31 (R), 35 (D), and 65 (R).
In the United States, it has been estimated that real estate developers spend $1 trillion annually on four billion square feet of new and replaced buildings impacting 300,000 acres of land, as well as infrastructure. There is growing interest in assuring that real estate developments of the future are more responsible to our communities and natural world in addition to the given economic responsibility of investors and shareholders.
Responsible real estate investment is not philanthropy. As the market evolves, these impact investments are producing competitive short-term and superior long-term financial returns.
Real Estate Developers & Sponsors need to pay attention because the trend is that more and more capital is flowing into Responsible Real Estate Development projects. There is a real societal need for these projects, and more communities are encouraging positive impact development projects and opposing projects with negative impacts. Today, impact-oriented real estate investment funds focus on historic preservation, biophilic design, among other strategies. These strategies have positive human & natural merit in addition to generating competitive returns.
Although land is privately owned in our country, it remains part of the community in which it is located. This aspect can never be eliminated.
Shouldn’t we expect more from our “built-environment”?…and from real estate developers?
Shouldn’t the “built-environment” be designed with intentionality given to how buildings, space, and sites connect to the fabric of the local neighborhood? How they are used to elevate health, wellness, human interaction, and opportunity, and ultimately, enrich lives?
Shouldn’t we be moving forward to develop real estate with authentic community involvement and to use it as a tool to help advance individuals, children, families, and communities?
For the citizens of Pinnacle Area for Responsible Development, we recognize the area in which we live is unique to Pulaski County and state. This isn’t just any rural area, but rather we are host to attractions and resources worth protecting:
We oppose developments that would turn the Pinnacle Area's rural open spaces into urban congested places.
Within the "Pinnacle Area": The forgotten man, the "little guy", and people without the resources to bypass ordinance and zoning laws.
Both within and outside the "Pinnacle Area": People who love their rural community and family life in-and-around nature, hunters, fishermen, hikers, bird watchers, cyclists, outdoor enthusiasts.
Northwest of Pinnacle Mountain State Park along the scenic Highways 300 and 113 winding through Roland, Little Italy, and Wye Mountain historic communities.
"4% of Pulaski County is Forested Land." Source: pulaskicounty.net/about-us/
Is it wrong to want to protect what little we have left, which benefits even city dwellers who sometimes seek respite from the city life?
A small band of local citizens living in one of the historic communities of the area who care about keeping their community rural, healthy, and safe. The Website is administered and built by these citizens. They are using their own gifts and resources - it is truly grassroots.
The sister of one of the citizens who started Pinnacle Area for Responsible Development. The artwork is original and copyrighted.