Plans for a new 183-home subdivision on Hartsville Pike were narrowly denied by the Gallatin City Council last week after concerns were raised about the density of the proposed development.
Mayor Paige Brown cast the tie-breaking vote against Bledsoe Spring after city leaders were split 3-3 on whether to approve the project Sept. 15.
“I appreciate the interest in the community, and I appreciate these developers wanting to invest here,” Brown said prior to announcing her decision. “I just feel like going outside of our city limits to bring in land when we would really like to focus on redevelopment in our existing city limits is not a smart thing to do. Therefore, I choose not to support (this plan).”
Tennessee Construction Associates had been seeking approval of a preliminary master development plan, annexation and rezoning request that would have allowed 102 townhomes and 81 single-family homes to be built on approximately 46.8 acres located just west of the Sunnymeade subdivision near Airport Road.
The project was recommended for approval by the Gallatin Planning Commission in late July after the overall number of planned homes was reduced by 21 units.
“I still believe that it’s too dense,” District 1 Councilwoman Lynda Bradley Love said about the project last week. “I think this is the wrong kind of development for that area.”
The subdivision would have featured two entrances along Hartsville Pike – one near Hillside Lane and the other near Robertson Road – and a connection to Valley Ridge Drive West if approved.
Prior to the vote, Vineyards Court resident Cristy Allen expressed concerns about how the additional homes would impact traffic safety in the area. She also cited local law enforcement data that showed nearly 100 wrecks had occurred along the stretch of highway from Airport Road to the county limits within the last year.
“I just really want to ask all of you to consider the safety concerns about adding a development right there at that intersection,” Allen told city leaders last week. “It’s extremely dangerous.
“It just really feels like enough is enough.”
Despite the denial, the property’s existing county residential zoning would still allow for a maximum of 173 homes to be built on the site, according to project representatives.
HOW THEY VOTED
Against the development:
Mayor Paige Brown
Lynda Bradley Love, District 1
Craig Hayes, District 4
Shawn Fennell, At-Large
In favor of the development:
Vice Mayor Steve Camp, District 2
Jimmy Overton, District 3
John D. Alexander, District 5
*At-Large Councilman Steve Fann abstained from voting.