I just finished reading your coverage of the recent Gallatin Planning Commission meeting. I am a resident of Elk Acres that will soon be affected by the Planning Commission's approved Windsong development located at the corner of South Water Ave and Highway 109N.
I was at the Planning Commission meeting and I am at a loss of how this commission unanimously approved the Windsong development, but unanimously voted against the Meadows development located off Gibbs Lane.
The concerns raised for both developments were essentially the same: sinkholes, overcrowding of schools, water control, traffic (connectivity), and infrastructure. The only thing we were missing was a county commissioner ringer (Moe Taylor) brought by opposition and wealthy large tract land owners.
But the Windsong development was pushed through despite a large contingency of resident opposition by Chairman John Puryear and his band of "yes" men. In your article about the Gibbs Lane development, Commissioner Rick Orgain said, "We have all of the three or four homes per acre that anybody could ask for. To push this level of density, it's not planning at all."
Does this math not apply to the 456 units on 126 acres in the Windsong development that you just unanimously approved? Chairman John Puryear said that he had "read a book" about city planning and connectivity of roads and that's why he did not care about our concerns about connecting these quiet subdivisions with this development.
I do applaud Councilman Shawn Fennell for being the only voice of reason for our concerns. The Gallatin Police department reviewed the plans for the connection of Windsong to Savannah, Ryan and Duncan avenues and said that speeding and public safety would be an issue, but the commission waived that off.
We do not need another Publix grocery store. The one we have is never busy anyway. We do not need another mini storage. And we don't need 456 units on 126 acres that will affect schools, roads, infrastructure and public safety.
We do need sensible development and we need our city council and mayor to step up and protect the citizens that are against the Windsong development. We need the county commissioners and city council to enact an impact fee on future developments so we can upgrade our infrastructure to handle the influx of people into our county and city.
And finally, it may be time for our mayor to make some changes when terms come up on the Planning Commission.
J. Brian Taylor,
Gallatin, TN 37066