A revised plan for a proposed mixed-use development just north of Gallatin would add 1,115 new housing units along with commercial space off Dobbins Pike near Gibbs Lane if approved.
The Gallatin Planning Commission is expected to vote Monday, July 22 on whether to recommend approval of a preliminary master development plan, rezoning, annexation and plan of service for The Meadows.
The new plan for the 384-acre development comes two months after city leaders agreed to defer further consideration of a previous version of the project after planning commissioners voted unanimously against the then 1,033-home plan in March.
“We took a look at all of the comments that came from the planning commission, we heard from the local community from previous meetings they had as well and we tried to incorporate all of that into our design and what we were trying to bring to this particular project,” engineer Van Oldham with GreenLID Design said about the proposal. “It’s a brand-new approach to developing this project.”
In addition to 82 more overall housing units, the new plan would also add a commercial center to the development that would be located near a creek on the eastern side of the property. Officials involved with the project anticipate the space would include offices, retail and food service uses.
The overall project is designed to appeal to young families as well as active seniors while adding housing in a “somewhat underserved” area, according to Oldham.
“The goal of our community and what we are trying to do here is to create an atmosphere where someone could potentially work in an office here and they could live in a home that they walk to and then they could come down on a Friday night and get a slice of pizza with their kids,” Oldham told planning commissioners July 8. “That’s essentially the kind of walkability and just highly active neighborhood that we’re trying to promote.”
Dozens of area residents have been opposed to previous versions of the development since it was first introduced earlier this year. Their concerns have largely centered around how the project will impact traffic congestion, infrastructure, safety and flooding that already exists in the area.
In an effort to reduce the traffic impact on Dobbins Pike, a connection to Gibbs Lane has been removed from plans for the project following a traffic study, according to Oldham. Instead, a boulevard would be built from the main entrance of The Meadows off Dobbins Pike to Old Highway 109. The road would also include a bridge over the existing railroad track on the far western side of the property.
“What we’re doing by providing this connectivity across the site is we are going to be able to push a lot of the traffic out Old 109 and onto new 109 very quickly and very easily without disturbing a lot of the neighbors,” Oldham added.
As for stormwater, Oldham said the project would use green infrastructure supplemented with detention ponds if needed to handle up to a 100-year rain-event.
The Gallatin Planning Commission meeting will take place at Gallatin City Hall at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 22.