Gallatin city leaders are expected to take an initial vote next week on a proposed mixed-use development off Dobbins Pike that would have 1,115 homes and commercial space if approved.
On Tuesday, the Gallatin City Council was presented with a 32-page annexation feasibility study for The Meadows, which determined the city would collect an estimated $6.8 million in revenues during the 10 years it would take for the development to be fully built.
“If they built that project in accordance with that master development plan… the project would be cost feasible,” said Gallatin Planning Director Bill McCord who added the estimate “does not include any long-term maintenance or replacement of utility infrastructure… which normally doesn’t occur for 20 to 30 years.”
The study, which was completed by the city’s planning department, found that Gallatin would spend an estimated $12.2 million to provide city services and maintain roadways and equipment during the 10-year period. The city would collect $19 million in taxes and fees during the same time.
Plans for the 384-acre development include 943 single-family homes and 172 townhomes along with 142,000 square feet of commercial space which officials involved with the project have said could be used for offices, retail and food service.
According to the study, the largest projected expense for the city related to the project would be to provide police and fire protection to for the estimated 2,230 residents of The Meadows, which would cost a combined $6 million. That figure includes hiring five new police officers and purchasing five new patrol cars.
The study did not evaluate the financial impact the development would have on Sumner County, which is responsible for funding the school system’s budget each year. It also did not include any expenses the city would be responsible for as a result of an anticipated interlocal agreement with the county that would result in the city taking over maintenance of various segments of county roadways to serve the development.
In recent months, city leaders have heard from more than a dozen residents and neighbors of the proposed development who have expressed concerns they have regarding The Meadows and how it would affect the surrounding area.
“I love Gallatin, but folks we are overwhelming this city,” Dobbins Pike resident Dave Dozier said Tuesday. “Can we absorb this type of growth, not just there at The Meadows, but in other areas where developments are coming in? Can our city absorb this, and can we manage the growth that is coming in?
“We can’t continue this and think that we’re going to in an orderly fashion.”
Among the issues raised by residents have included the impact the development would have on nearby schools as well as city and county infrastructure, taxes, crime, property values and flooding in the area.
Despite the concerns, the Gallatin Planning Commission recommended approval of a preliminary master development plan, annexation rezoning request for the project in July.
“The Meadows is not a good idea,” Wallace Road resident Lee-Anna Thomas told city leaders Tuesday. “It’s not good financially for our city or for our county.
“I hope that you all will make a decision that will be right for the people in our area. It’s not safe and it’s not right and I’m asking you to please vote no when the vote comes.”