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Plans for Bledsoe Springs include 102 single-family homes and 102 townhomes on 44.79 acres off Hartsville Pike near Airport Road in Gallatin. SUBMITTED

A new 204-home subdivision is being planned along Hartsville Pike near Airport Road in Gallatin.

If approved, Bledsoe Springs would be built on 44.79 acres located just west of the Sunnymeade subdivision and include 102 single-family homes along with 102 townhomes, according to plans submitted to the city’s planning department.

The development would also include two entrances off Hartsville Pike – one near Hillside Lane and the other near Robertson Road – along with a connection to Valley Ridge Drive West.

During a planning commission work session last week, Gallatin Economic Development Agency Executive Director James Fenton expressed concerns about how close some of the proposed residences would be located to the city’s existing industrial park nearby.

“While at this point in time clearly there are no noise disturbances out there, if you go in and put a house 75 feet from that building or 50 feet from that building, their normal operations may be too loud,” Fenton said during the June 8 meeting. “The way this design is shown, they put (townhomes)… as close as they possibly can to that industrial building that is already there.”

The two properties would be separated by “a good 60 feet of heavily wooded railroad” that is no longer being used, according to project representative Andy Leath with GreenLID Design.

He added that the location of the homes was made “to avoid a stream that runs through” the middle of the property, which is already zoned to allow for medium density residential uses. 

“Even though this does not have a floodplain, according to FEMA, we were trying to push the residences as far uphill as we could get them to avoid any flooding issues,” Leath said.

While a note can be added to plans and plats associated with the development pointing out its close proximity to the industrial park, Gallatin City Planner Bill McCord said it would not exempt the businesses from still complying with the city’s noise ordinance.

“I don’t know what might get built next to those (existing businesses) or what is in those buildings there right now, but they would be held to the noise standard on the adjacent property,” McCord said during the meeting. “It’s zoned residential now, so it will still be zoned residential (if the plan is approved).”

The Gallatin Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on whether to recommend approval of a preliminary master development plan, annexation and rezoning to allow for slightly more density for Bledsoe Springs on Monday, June 22 at 5 p.m. The project would then go to the city council for a final decision.

A link to view the meeting online can be found on the city’s website at www.gallatintn.gov or on the Gallatin City Government Facebook page.

If approved, construction is estimated to begin in October and would take approximately two years to complete, according to plans for the project.

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