Meadows to see reduction in new homes

More than 50 people attended a community meeting Tuesday regarding plans for The Meadows – a more than 1,000 home development just north of Gallatin. JOSH CROSS

A proposed residential housing development with more than 1,000 new homes just north of Gallatin is expected to be scaled back in size before it goes to the city’s planning commission next month.

During a community meeting Tuesday regarding plans for The Meadows, representatives of the project said the number of proposed lots in the development is expected to be reduced from 1,327 to approximately 1,150.

A Gallatin Planning Commission vote on whether to recommend approval of a preliminary master development plan, rezoning and annexation request for the project has also been delayed until March in order to allow more time to update the plan.

“I fully recognize that a lot of you all live on five-acre plots and we’re not trying to run you out of those, but we think that people want smaller lots and low-maintenance housing, which is what we’re trying to provide,” project representative Reggie Mudd told the more than 50 people who attended the meeting. “We feel like we’re putting forward something that people want.”

The 386-acre property, located along Gibbs Lane and Dobbins Pike near S.R. 109, was most recently part of a larger failed bid to become the Mid-Sumner Industrial Park.

As part of the new plan, only single-family homes would be built on the property. No apartments, industrial or commercial uses are being proposed.

“My concern for Gallatin as a whole is all of the overdevelopment of all the land everywhere,” Wallace Road resident Lee-Anna Thomas said following the meeting Tuesday. “I understand people have the right to sell their property, but… why rezone it? Can they not just leave certain areas in Sumner County as agricultural areas?”

While the property’s current zoning would allow for homes to be built on 1-acre lots, Mudd said there would be “no return on investment” without an increase in density to help offset the cost of adding utility access to the property like water and sewer lines.

He added that homes are expected to range between 1,600 sq. ft. to 3,400 sq. ft. in size and cost between $200,000 and $500,000. The product is expected to appeal to singles, millennials, active seniors and families.

Several area residents raised questions Tuesday about how the proposed development would affect nearby schools.

“When you build 1,000 houses it’s going to have an impact on schools and that’s not minimal,” Mudd said during the meeting. “We still think that it will have less of an impact than the traditional neighborhood, which is 2.5 kids per house. We think this will be closer to 1.5 kids per house.”

Other concerns raised by residents Tuesday included issues related to nearby flooding and traffic congestion as well as noise and light pollution from all of the new homes.

Brian Hamilton, an engineer with Nashville Civil, said that there would be a 35-foot landscaping buffer around the property to help shield nearby residents from the development. He added that developers would also be responsible for improvements along nearby portions of Dobbins Pike and Gibbs Lane.

“I don’t want to deal with all of this,” Dobbins Pike resident Tina Deering said following the meeting. “The traffic out there is a nightmare. We have to fight to pull out of our driveway as it is now.

“We don’t need that out in the county.”

Mudd said he feels The Meadows would be “quality development” that will improve nearby property values and help bring more services like restaurants and retail to Gallatin.

If approved, construction could start as soon as 2020 and would take an estimated 10 years to complete.

“People live in Gallatin for its charm,” University Drive resident Sandra Cohen said about the proposed development. “They live in Gallatin because it’s not the city. Let these people move to Nashville if they want to.”

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