Plans for two new apartment complexes totaling 260 combined units do not need approval from the Gallatin City Council to be built, according to the city’s current zoning regulations.
The Gallatin Planning Commission was presented with separate final master development plans last week for the proposed developments that, if approved, would be located on opposite sides of the city.
The largest of the two apartment complexes – The Aintree – would be built on 16.53 acres at 210 Douglas Bend Road across from Vinings Boulevard, according to plans submitted to the city’s planning department. It would include 10 buildings with a total of 240 units.
The other development – Triple B Apartments – would feature five buildings with 20 total units on 1.74 acres at 743 North Water Avenue near Eastover Street and Municipal Park.
Since both properties received their existing Multiple Residential and Office (MRO) District zoning prior to July 14, 1998, only a final master development plan is required to be approved by the planning commission.
“Those properties do not have to go before the city council for a preliminary master development plan approval,” Gallatin City Planner Bill McCord said. “If you meet the code requirements, (the planning commission) can’t deny it essentially.”
Members of the Gallatin City Council in recent months have expressed their opposition to approving new developments that include apartments.
Last year, developers behind the mixed-use Windsong development at the corner of S.R. 109 and South Water Avenue removed 330 planned apartment units and replaced them with a fewer number of new homes after pressure from city officials.
“We take a lot of blame from citizens over projects like this, but there are land rights that go with this that they’ve had for years,” At-Large Gallatin City Councilman Shawn Fennell said about the proposed new apartment developments. “You can’t stop it. If we voted it down, they could come back and sue us.”
The Gallatin Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the final master development plans for both of the proposed new apartment complexes on Monday, Jan. 27. The meeting will take place at city hall and begin at 5 p.m.