Approval of a scaled back plan to add 242 homes on Coles Ferry Road has been delayed by the Gallatin Planning Commission in order to give developers more time to meet with nearby residents who have concerns about the project.
A vote on the preliminary master development plan and rezoning request for Langley Estates was deferred Monday for one month by commissioners at the request of K. Clay Haynes, managing director for Oak Tree Partners.
"I feel like we have not heard from and incorporated all of the feedback from the community," Haynes said following the meeting. "We believe that a deferral gives us that opportunity to just sit down with them and present our prospective and hear theirs. I honestly believe there is a path that everybody can be happy."
A community meeting to discuss the project has been scheduled for Monday, Oct. 2 and will take place at 106 Public Square in Gallatin beginning at 5 p.m.
Prior to the deferral, planning commissioners heard concerns from 11 nearby residents regarding the proposed plan during a public comment portion of the meeting that lasted nearly 40 minutes.
As it stands, Langley Estates would include 170 single-family homes and 72 townhomes on 77.43 acres between Edgewood Drive and Drivers Lane.
"This is the beginning of the flood that is about to start and we're all going to be invaded by small houses that will affect the value of our property," Drivers Lane resident Bob Lannom said. "You may not can stop progress, but you can certainly change... this development. It can be something different that will be a double win."
The new homes are expected to be around the $250,000 price point, according to Haynes. The Langley Hall home, which was built in the mid-1940s, will be preserved and used as a clubhouse.
Traffic and flooding concerns were also among some of the issues raised Monday by residents who at times got loud and emotional when discussing the project.
"I've worked hard, I've built this place... and now he wants to come in and take it all away from us," Coles Ferry Road resident Robert Brown said. "I'm not going to put up with it. I will fight it with all of the strength I've got. It's totally not right."
Developers said during the meeting that they are agreeable to reworking the plans to have homes face Coles Ferry Road and allow them to be accessed by a rear alley entrance in order to preserve a historic rock wall on the property.
Haynes added that a portion of the property could be used for industrial development if it is not rezoned, which would be much more intrusive to the neighboring residential areas.
"When we made the determination that we weren't going to be the owners of this property for future generations, we thought very deeply and hard about what the responsible use can and should be," he said.
"We believe and hope that this will be a responsible development for many generations to come."
Planning commissioners are expected to vote on whether to recommend approval of the plan during their Monday, Oct. 23 meeting. The project would then need to pass two readings of the Gallatin City Council and a public hearing would also need to be held before it could be approved.