Monday, April 30, 2012

Reminder Meeting Tonight April 30 with Nashboro Village Townhomes Developer 6:30

Proposed New Development Raises Concerns - NewsChannel 5 WTVF

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- More crime and lower property values are what a group of concerned homeowners believe will be the result is a housing development becomes a reality in their neighborhood. It was six months ago when Linda Hill moved to Fairway Villa Town homes in Nashboro Village and just across from her home, an open field. "The real estate agent also told me she didn't think anything would ever happen to that property, and that's all I knew," said Hill. The new homeowner from Texas soon found out that land would become home to around 75 subsidized Town homes. She says she found out the Tennessee Housing Authority would oversee the property once built by a private developer. This now raised concerns of safety, traffic and decreased property value for Hill and her fellow neighbors. "If you've got to subsidize, don't subsidize them all. If you subsidize part of them, then people who are not in the subsidize homes are going to help," said Hill. District 29 Metro Nashville council member Karen Johnson said, "This should have never been approved. I'm just going to be honest. This road is just too narrow." Johnson says potentially 150 cars from the new units, the current residents and the visitors to the recently reopened Nashboro Golf Club House, is too much. She says right now there is little that can be done because residents didn't speak up during the approval vote of the project back in 2005 and 2008. "That hurt us in terms of when we came before the (Metro) planning commission to say, 'We are concerned about the safety issue with this narrow road here," said Johnson. Council member Johnson says now it's about standing as a community and addressing the developer, "To help them (developer) understand that this is an engaged community and we're not going to sit by and let this happen in this day and time in 2012." Hill said, "I don't know the developer, and I want to believe he is a reasonable man, and he wants to think about how it will affect the community." They will all get a chance to speak to the developer and see potential renderings of the project at a planned meeting next week and Johnson says it's imperative that everyone attend. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Smith Springs Church of Christ located at: 2783 Smith Springs Road Nashville, TN 37217.

Residents worried about planned Nashboro development - NewsChannel 4 WSMV

Residents worried about planned Nashboro development Posted: Apr 29, 2012 9:35 PM CDT Updated: Apr 29, 2012 10:06 PM CDT Reported by Josh DeVine - email NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A Nashville neighborhood is up in arms over the possibility of growth. A developer plans to build Nashboro Village Townhomes on a hillside near the Nashboro Golf Club and Fairway Villas along Nashboro Boulevard. "This is a project that will impact this area greatly, in terms of the density and in terms of the traffic," said Karen Johnson, a Metro council member. Reportedly, the development includes 73 new townhomes. On Sunday, several neighbors said they are worried crowding, crime and decreased property values might accompany lower-income residents. The developer has not announced when he intends to begin construction, but markers on the land seem to indicate where crews will construct the new homes. In spite of Metro's approval, those opposed to the planned construction said they plan to confront the developer with their concerns. "This is a problem and we've got to open the dialogue up with this developer so they can understand how their development is going to impact the community," said Johnson. Johnson will host a meeting with concerned citizens on Monday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Smith Springs Church of Christ at 2783 Smith Springs Rd. The meeting will be open to the public. Copyright 2012 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bus rapid transit 'lite' planned for Murfreesboro Pike

Bus rapid transit 'lite' planned for Murfreesboro Pike The Nashville City Paper By Joey Garrison Metro officials have planned Nashville’s second installment of bus rapid transit “lite” to go along Murfreesboro Pike, with the faster, more efficient bus service perhaps coming to the southeastern Davidson County corridor by spring 2013. “We see this as the right thing to do with the growth in our ridership there,” said Paul Ballard, CEO of the Metro Transit Authority. MTA has proposed a $4.8 million capital plan to install a light version of BRT on Murfreesboro Pike, a transit approach that allows for fewer stops and speedier trips than traditional bus routes. Unlike more sophisticated BRT models, buses don’t occupy exclusive lanes of traffics under this concept, but BRT lite does include other amenities such as superior bus shelters and fuel-efficient hybrid buses. The Murfreesboro Pike proposal comes three years after Dean kicked off BRT lite in Davidson County on East Nashville’s Gallatin Pike, a 12-mile stretch from downtown’s Music City Central to RiverGate Mall. Since its inception, bus ridership along Gallatin Pike has increased from 80,000 trips per month to 115,000. “Murfreesboro Road really is a similar candidate for that precise type of service because it’s a long route, and the ridership there has been growing,” Ballad told The City Paper. “It just seems like the ideal candidate to speed up the service and improve the bus stops. It’s just a natural.” BRT along Murfreesboro Pike would stretch from downtown to the Antioch area near Hickory Hollow Mall. MTA officials hope to begin the new service in April 2013 and begin constructing the new infrastructure that summer, but the plan is contingent on funding in Mayor Karl Dean’s upcoming budget. The mayor is set to unveil a proposed operating budget and capital-spending plan for the 2012-13 fiscal year at his “State of Metro” address on May 1. Though Dean hasn’t revealed all his capital plans, he had positive things to say about BRT on Murfreesboro Pike at his budget hearing with MTA officials last month. “The Murfreesboro BRT project, another benefit of that would be that it’s an investment in the Antioch area, the Hickory Hollow area,” Dean said at the hearing, referring to the rapid growth of southeast Davidson County. “That would be a good, positive statement there.” If funding were allocated, Ballard said MTA officials would begin identifying boarding points along Murfreesboro Pike this summer. Ballard said the monthly ridership on Murfreesboro Pike currently totals 71,000. “We feel that if we do that right, the same way we did Gallatin, we can bring that up to 100,000 trips a month,” Ballard said. As Metro considers doubling down on BRT lite, Dean has also said he hopes to move forward on a more ambitious, full-scale BRT system along the so-called east-west connector from West End, down Broadway, across the Cumberland River to East Nashville. The project is estimated to cost $136 million. Funding hasn’t been set aside.

You are invited to the Mayor's State of Metro Address Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10 a.m.

Reminder: Help Design our new Southeast Nashville Library. Wed April 25 at 1:00 pm or Thursday April 26 at 6:00 pm

News analysis: Is a property tax increase coming?

The City Paper News analysis: Is a property tax increase coming? By Joey Garrison Wrapping up the mayor’s budget hearing with the Metro Public Works department, the city’s finance director Rich Riebeling had just one more question. Could officials discuss their hopes for future street-paving, sidewalk and bike-lane projects? “There’s some big needs in the department capital-wise,” Riebeling explained at the event last month, turning to the other two members of Metro’s Big Three, Mayor Karl Dean himself and Deputy Mayor Greg Hinote. Minutes earlier, Billy Lynch, the loyal head of the public works department, told Dean’s administration, “We understand tight times.” Almost valiantly, he exuded a take-one-for-the-team attitude. “We can do our job with what we have.” Riebeling, of course, knew the picture Lynch would paint when pressed. The finance director is fully aware that a fall report showed nearly half of Davidson County’s streets are in poor condition, in need of repair following a historic flood two years ago and inadequate funding. Roads, essential to any community, are deteriorating in Nashville. Sure enough, Lynch, the grizzled Metro veteran, went down a litany of needs in striking detail. His department, similar to previous years, has a wish list for $20 million to construct sidewalks at 73 locations across 26 Metro Council districts and repair sidewalks at 107 stretches; $4 million to build 20 miles of new bike lanes at 18 locations; $10 million to address bridge needs; $7 million for traffic signals; $1.4 million to revamp the downtown Fifth Avenue Arts District; and an additional $20 million to re-pave those 278 miles of rundown roadways. “Paving next year is going to be really important to us,” Lynch interjected as he covered his capital list. He then moved on to other budget needs. These annual hearings — a weeklong exercise in which directors of departments as small as the Transportation Licensing Commission and as large as Metro Nashville Public Schools sit across the mayor’s administration to discuss financing — often seem like an adherence to process more than actual number-crunching. Nonetheless, a crystal-clear narrative has formed as Dean prepares to unveil a proposed budget for the next fiscal year, 2012-13: Financial needs across all Metro departments have accumulated after four years of tightened government operations that coincided with the nation’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Accordingly, departments are working with less. Scrapped by budget constraints, Metro operates with 670 fewer employees today than it did just five years ago; some 125 fewer in public works alone. Tied to this financial reality are the whispers from the Metro chattering class centered on one big question: Is this the year Dean proposes a property tax increase — the first in Davidson County since 2005? For the mayor’s part, Dean has remained tight-lipped on the issue. After each day of hearings came the recurrent question from reporters on whether a tax hike is forthcoming. He’s stayed disciplined. “The process is, we present the budget in May, and that’s the way we’ll do it,” Dean said on one occasion, noncommittal to the end. Yet the vast majority of Metro observers — The City Paper spoke to several for this story — are anticipating Dean’s administration will soon ask to raise the current property tax rate above the current rate of $4.13 for property owners in the city’s Urban Services District. Some believe the plan is to tap out as high as $4.69, the maximum level allowed without triggering a public referendum on the matter. The city’s General Services District property tax rate $3.56. In Metro, property owners pay these tax rates on every $100 of assessed value, which for residential property is 25 percent of the appraised value. The assessed value for commercial and industrial property is 40 percent of the appraised value. Property taxes generate approximately half of Metro’s revenue to fund its operating budget, which is $1.59 billion for the current year. Each penny added to the tax rate boosts revenues by approximately $1.8 million to $2 million, knowledgeable sources say, which would total more than $100 million in this particular scenario. Presumably, these dollars could bridge a potential budget shortfall, shore up core services and deliver a robust capital-spending plan for infrastructure and facility construction — Dean’s capital-spending plans have been modest in some years, nonexistent in others due to budget constraints. Prognosticators could be proven wrong. Until Dean announces his move, the property tax question is but a guessing game. Still, many are already sizing up the politics of a tax hike, surmising that Dean would no doubt be tested on at least two fronts: Convincing the public that additional tax revenue is a necessity and building a coalition of Metro Council members to assure the measure passes. An answer to the tax question could come on or near May 1, when Dean is set to deliver his annual “State of Metro” address at the newly opened Cumberland Park on the east bank of the river. This special day, one designated for Metro government fanfare, is also when the mayor will unveil next year’s proposed budget. Each year, the mayor’s budget goes before the council for final approval before June 1. Once the budget is approved, the council is tasked with leveling an annual tax on real and personal property. Historically, a property tax bump often occurs after property values are reappraised, which occurs every four years. The next reappraisal is set for 2013, but many are convinced the tax hike will come this spring instead. For now, there is only speculation. But recent history underpins this speculation. Two years ago, Dean and the council dodged draconian department budget cuts by electing to restructure the city’s debt, effectively pushing back the city’s debt payment obligation. But the two-year refinancing option has expired, and conventional wisdom suggests that’s no longer an option. On that point, David Manning, the former finance director under Dean’s predecessor Bill Purcell, made a case for a property tax hike when he asked to forecast Metro’s tax future at a November seminar. “The debt service option has pretty much already been used, so the only thing left, really, is cuts,” Manning said at the time, absent a tax increase, of course. A tip came in January when The City Paper was the first to report about a phone survey, commissioned by Dean’s campaign committee, which tested Nashvillians’ mood on a potential tax hike. The poll asked respondents whether they would support or oppose raising the current $4.13 property tax rate by 50 cents. With separate questions on using additional revenue to “fully fund” schools, maintain roads or bankroll big capital projects, the poll was no doubt an attempt to determine how best to frame and justify a tax increase. Underlying it all are historical trends. Davidson County’s most recent tax increase, totaling 67 cents on the rate, occurred seven years ago in 2005. Even Dean himself has reminded reporters that he’s the “first mayor in ages” who went a full term without raising property taxes. “If you look at the history of our community, we’ve had — until recent times — a property tax increase about once every four years,” said At-large Councilman Ronnie Steine, a Dean ally. “The reason for that is that property taxes don’t adjust for inflation, and they’re such a major part of how government functions. Costs go up and revenues don’t. “Because of the economic downturn, this administration has put [a property tax increase] off, but it looks to me that we’re at a point in time where we’ve got to consider it or face dramatic cuts in services,” Steine said. Since entering office 2007, Dean has remained steadfast in reminding Nashvillians about his three core principles: public education, public safety and economic development. The calculus his administration is surely making between now and May 1 is whether continuing to prioritize those items is contingent on ramping up tax revenue. Dean has spoken highly of the work of the Metro Police department, pointing to fact that Nashville had only 51 murders in 2011, its lowest since 1966. Never have there been more sworn police officers patrolling Nashville’s streets. But, as Metro police Chief Steve Anderson told Dean during budget hearings, a two-year federal stimulus grant that paved the way for 50 addition cops is set to expire. The hope is to retain those officers. In addition, the department is looking to hire 20 crime lab scientists to staff the city’s new DNA crime lab, set to open in Madison. In all, the police department has outlined $8.7 million in additional budget needs. Above all, Dean has called public education his No. 1 priority. But demands are even greater there. Metro Director of Schools Jesse Register and the nine-member school board are seeking a $723 million schools budget, a massive $49.8 million, 7.3 percent increase over the current fiscal year. At his annual “State of Metro Schools” address in March, usually a speech relegated to ongoing education initiatives, Register tried to make the case for substantial education investments. Leading his requests is a proposal to raise Metro’s starting teachers’ salaries to $40,000 to compete with surrounding counties for high-quality educators. Davidson County currently ranks 27th in the state, according to Register, in starting salary pay. Recruiting and retaining top-tier teachers in Nashville is a project on which the superintendent and mayor have collaborated. Register has spoken on the need to address $180 million-plus in backlogged capital projects. Schools such as Julia Green Elementary Schools in Green Hills are overcrowded. Portable classrooms are used across the county. Aging buses need replacement. IT equipment and basic infrastructure such as air-conditioning units are in need of an update. Purcell capped off his last 22 months in office with a so-called “get ’er done” tour, a huge capital-spending spree to build sidewalks, a new public square courthouse square, and launch more sophisticated departmental online databases, among other initiatives. But Dean hasn’t had the resources to do the same, and the condition of some school buildings has worsened. Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School, historically one of Metro’s highest achieving schools, lacks a functional gym, though the school district has requested one for years. East Nashville’s Stratford High School is in need of $20 million to update its crumbling building. That school fields a championship-caliber track and field team, but the team doesn’t have an actual track on which to train. “I would acknowledge that just from my visits there, something needs to be done,” Dean said of Stratford’s dilapidated condition. “And the situation where Hume-Fogg students don’t have a gym, and haven’t had one for years but have been asking for one for years, is pretty pressing.” If Dean were to put forth a tax hike, some observers believe he has a pretty reasonable case. Over the final four years of Purcell’s tenure, Metro’s overall operating budget increased by more than $210 million, a spike enabled by the 2005 tax increase. Since Dean arrived in office, however, Metro’s budget has remained largely stagnant, even decreasing from fiscal year 2009-10 to fiscal year 2010-11. Overall, the budget has increased by just slightly more than $15 million over the past four years. In short, Dean hasn’t exactly exploded the size of Metro government. In fact, an argument can be made for just the opposite. The economic depression, understandably, took a toll on the level of revenue at Metro’s disposal. Between 2005 and 2008, Metro’s overall tax revenues grew by approximately 20 percent. But over the last three years, Metro has experienced only a 2 percent overall growth in revenues. On property taxes, revenue increased by $140 million between 2005 and 2008. Since 2009, revenue from property taxes has jumped only $20 million. Throughout the nation’s economic bad times, Dean has taken satisfaction that Nashville isn’t like the scores of municipalities, highlighted by the press, that were forced to lay off hundreds of teachers, close libraries or cut services like trash pick-up. Budget cuts have hit the periphery of Metro government, while core public services have largely continued. But would keeping the tax rate the same mean Metro would finally be forced to engineer sweeping cuts? Dean’s administration is presumably making that calculation. If a property tax increase is the course, Dean’s administration may have a major public relations battle involving Music City Center, the city’s $585 million new convention center, set to open in 2013. Bankrolling its construction is revenue generated from tourist-targeted hotel taxes, funds that are separate from operating budget revenue. Nonetheless, the general public may not grasp that nuance, and the visual of the most expensive municipal project in Tennessee history, coupled with a tax increase, could be problematic. A potential tax hike would likely split the 40-member council into familiar factions. The mayor’s office would presumably have a camp of at least 15 members ready to sign off on the measure. Ten members, perhaps fewer, would be automatic no-votes. The battle would be for those in the middle, folks who historically, in the end, support the mayor’s initiatives. Two council members seeking state legislative offices would have particularly difficult decisions. Councilmen Darren Jernigan and Bo Mitchell, solid supporters of Dean’s policies over the years, are both running as Democrats for state House seats. On his campaign website, Mitchell proudly states that he helped “balance the Metro budget with no property tax increases.” Voting for a tax increases before elections in November would be red meat for his Republican opponent. “I can’t support or oppose something that’s not even a proposal yet,” Mitchell told The City Paper. “Proponents of a tax [increase] could have ample ammunition to say we need it. And I think people who oppose it could say, ‘Well, we’ve gotten by OK over the last four years without it.’ ” Mitchell’s correct, of course. There is no proposal, only hearsay. Still, that hasn’t stopped some Davidson County citizens — many representing various right-wing organizations — from bombarding the email inboxes of council members in recent weeks decrying the thought of raising their taxes. Council members themselves are even bracing for their worst fears. Robert Duvall, the conservative Antioch-area councilman, who would likely lead the council’s opposition to a tax increase, fired off a letter to Dean earlier this month demanding the mayor “stop the media noise” on raising taxes. “In this economic environment, a property tax increase is the last thing the citizens of Davidson County would support,” Duvall wrote. “I say we tighten our belts and cut back what we’re not supposed to be anyway,” Duvall told The City Paper. “There’s a lot of projects and other things that we do in Davidson County that we don’t absolutely have to do.”

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Great Hearts Academies Comes to Southeast Nashville and Invites You tonight 6:30 pm


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The Excitement Builds for our Community Planning Meetings in Southeast Nashville!

Check out the great video from our exciting Sub Area 13 Planning Meeting that was held on April 16th. Join in the conversation and make your voice heard. Tonight from 3-7!


Reminder Today from 3-7 our Sub Area 13 Planning Meeting Continues at the Southeast Library

Reminder Today: from 3-7 pm Thursday, April 19 at the Southeast Branch Library, will be an informal design workshop where community members can drop in for all or part of the session to talk with planners about how Antioch might look in the future.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Reminder 6 PM at Lakeshore Church Sub Area 13 Plan Meeting for Antioch retail centers and economic development - topic of tonight's Planning Dept

Don't Forget tonight to come to Lakeshore Christian Church, 5434 Bell Forge Lane East at 6 pm. for the Economic Development corridors topic for feedback. This includes the retail centers, commercial properties along Murfreesboro Road. Make sure your voice is counted and heard on what you want to see in the commercial properties along Murfreesboro Road and in Hickory Hollow.

Robbery Victim Recalls Ordeal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Metro Police are looking for three armed men who, according to witness and victim accounts, went on a trio of robberies late Saturday night in the Antioch/Nashboro Village area.
One of the victims was Erik Villegas, 24, who was simply sitting in his car in his parents' driveway when three men in a vehicle pulled in behind him shortly after 11:00 p.m.
"Then I saw the gun pointed right in my face," Villegas recalled. "It took me a few seconds to realize what was going on. (I thought to myself) 'OK, this is actually a real robbery!'"
Villegas told NewsChannel 5 one of the three men rummaged through his pockets, while another threatened to shoot and kill him.
Villegas said he was sucker punched by one of the suspects before they vanished with merely his wallet that was devoid of cash.
Before that, another incident happened on Nashboro Boulevard, near the golf course, police reported. The suspects took off with two cell phones, an i-Pod and one wallet.
The final victim says he was walking to the gas station on Bell Road and Mossdale Drive when the suspects pulled up to him asking for directions. When the victim got close to the car the driver told him to empty his pockets. They stole his cell phone, wallet and some cash.
Council woman Karen Johnson, who oversees District 29, was outraged by the sudden rash of crime; she scrambled for information to quickly disperse to her constituents.
"(Police) feel like this is an isolated occurrence with these three incidents," Johnson said. "And so, we're confident that our police department will do their job and will apprehend the suspects."
The victims in all three incidents say the suspects were driving a white Chevrolet Impala.
Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Police or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.


Huge crowd turns out for opening of Cumberland Park

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A huge crowd of Nashvillians turned out for the grand opening of the city's newest park, Cumberland Park, on Sunday afternoon.
Mayor Karl Dean cut the ribbon on the new $9.6 million park. He was joined by Tommy Lynch, Director of Metro Parks and Recreation, and Phil Ryan, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency.
Cumberland Park has nature-inspired play features, a climbing wall and spray-grounds with water jets.
It is near LP Field and between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge.
The grand opening included performances at the amphitheater by the Nashville School of the Arts Pop Ensemble, the Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck with "Mother Goose" and the Nashville Children's Theatre with an opening scene from "Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type."
http://www.wsmv.com/story/17455555/huge-crowd-turns-out-for-opening-of-cumberland-park

Hickory Hollow Best Buy to Close

Hickory Hollow Best Buy to Close

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Another company is leaving the Hickory Hollow area as Best Buy reveals plans to shut its doors in Antioch.
A spokesperson for the company says it is one of 50 across the nation closing. Employees were notified Saturday morning that their last day would be May 12th, and they could either apply for a transfer with Best Buy, or a severance package would be available.
The statement says, "This was not an easy decision to make. We chose this store carefully, and are working to ensure the impact to our employees will be as minimal as possible."
The store was closed Saturday, but it will reopen Sunday until the permanent closing on May 12th.

Police Search For Suspects In Three Antioch Robberies

By Jennifer Reyes
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police are looking for three men who they say went on a robbing spree injuring one person.
The suspects robbed at least five people in the Antioch area Saturday night around 11 p.m.
The first incident happened on Nashboro Boulevard, near the golf course.
Police said the three victims in this incident were walking back from the store when the suspects pulled up to them in a car and held them at gun-point. They demanded all their belongings and physically searched the victims. The suspects took off with two cell phones, an iPod and one wallet.
The second robbery happened on Moss Spring Drive. The victim told police he had just pulled into his driveway and got out of his car when the suspects approached him. They demanded his belongings and punched him in the face before taking off with his wallet.
The last victim says he was walking to the gas station on Bell Road and Mossdale Drive when the suspects pulled up to him asking for directions. When the victim got close to the car the driver told him to empty his pockets. They stole his cell phone, wallet and some cash.
In all of these instances the victims say the suspects were driving a white Chevrolet Impala.
Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Police or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Reminder for Public Hearing Today 4:00 pm at Planning Commission regarding Nashboro Village Parcels


Correction below on timeframe for decisions on the periodic review:

Reminder today at 4:00 pm the Public Hearing for the Nashboro Village Parcels will take place.  I will be in attendance and look forward to many of you joining me. I have requested deferrals to allow for community meetings since the report was emailed to me on Friday afternoon by email and received by mail the same day.  I read this report in its entirety on Friday.  I emailed this information to the community  with my comments on Saturday morning. This gave approximately 4 days for the community to review and for me to respond to questions the community had prior to the planning commission meeting scheduled for today.  The deferral has been requested for two meetings so that this item can be heard at the May 10, 2012 Planning Commission meeting which is well within the timeframe of the periodic review process which gives until May 30, 2012 for Sites 3, 14, 15 and June 10, 2012 for Sites 25 and 27 for the commission to take action on the reviews.  
The below response is what I received from Rick Bernhardt this morning to the request. Also below are the meeting notices for the upcoming community meetings.



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From: Bernhardt, Richard (Planning) <Richard.Bernhardt@nashville.gov>
Date: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 8:48 AM
Subject: Request for Deferral of PUD Review at Nashboro Village

Commissioners:

This afternoon, you received a request from Councilmember Johnson that the Planning Commission defer its consideration of the Periodic Review of the five portions of the Nashboro Village to the May 10, 2012 Planning Commission meeting.  Under the Metro Council ordinance, the Planning Commission needs to act within 90 days of the initiation of the request.  Section 17.40.120 H states “Failure of the planning commission to act within 90 days from the initiation of a review shall be considered a recommendation to re-approve by ordinance the existing PUD overlay district without alteration.”

For Sites 3, 14 and 15 the required date for action is May 30, 2012 and for Sites 25 and 27 the date is June 10, 2012.  While we can support a deferral of the review of Sites 14, 15, 25, and 27, we cannot support a deferral of the consideration of Site 3.

The purpose of the Periodic Review is to determine if a PUD or portion of a PUD is active or inactive.  If the PUD is found to be active, then no further action is required.  If the PUD is inactive, then the Planning Commission is to make a recommendation to the Council on whether the PUD should be maintained as approved, amended, or cancelled and the property rezoned if necessary.

Once a request for review has been made, all building permits are put on hold until the Planning Commission or Metro Council has acted.  In December 2011, the property owner for Site 3 made an application with the Codes Department for building permits to initiate construction of the units as permitted by the PUD and the approved Final Site Plan.  Plans for the building permits were submitted for review and the review was started.  A number of agencies have given their approval to this development.  With the initiation of the Periodic Review, the permit process was put on hold. 

The Councilmember has indicated that the purpose of the deferral request is to allow for a community meeting.  In reviewing the documentation provided by the property owner and the evidence of activity on site, staff is recommending that Site 3 be found to be active.  It is our belief that the evidence presented is very strong and a finding of inactivity is extremely unlikely. The recommendation of activity will not be altered with a community meeting and a deferral would only serve to further delay this project.

For the four other sites under review, staff is recommending that these sites be found inactive as outlined in the staff reports already provided.  No documentation has been provided to show activity and no evidence of activity is apparent on these sites.  The Planning Commission will need to make a recommendation.  A community meeting could provide an opportunity obtain input on what recommendation the Planning Commission should make to the Council on the continuation of these portions. 

If the Periodic Review of these four portions of the PUD are to be deferred, I would recommend that they be deferred to the May 24, 2012, agenda as the Planner leading the review will not be available for the May 10, 2012, Planning Commission meeting.

Due to the request being received this afternoon, I provide this information to give the Commission the time to consider our response to the Councilmember’s request before acting on the request at tomorrow’s meeting 


Rick Bernhardt, FAICP, CNU-A
Executive Director
Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County Planning Department
(o) 615-862-7173
(f) 615-880-2450
rick.bernhardt@nashville.gov
for USPS service use: Metro Office Building , 800 2nd Avenue S., P.O.Box 196300, Nashville, TN 37219-6300
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"Every increment of construction should be done in such a way as to heal the city." Christopher Alexander
From: Hayes, Roseanne (Council Office)
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 3:42 PM
To: Planning Commissioners
Subject: Corrected Copy

This communication is being sent at the request of Councilwoman Karen Y. Johnson.


Roseanne Hayes
Vice Mayor/Metro Council Office
One Public Square, Suite 204
Nashville, TN  37219

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Below are upcoming Community Meetings for the Nashboro Parcels and Stormwater.  Thank you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Golfers Recognizing Opportunities for Women (GROW) Fashion Show, Hermitage Golf Course Saturday April 14 at 11:30 am

I would like to extend an invitation to all of my friends and family to support GROW (Golfers Recognizing Opportunities for Women). I am a Model in this Saturday's fashion show at the Hermitage Golf Course. Please join me. I have not modeled in 25 years so this will be exciting. :-) I will also be in the upcoming class to learn how to play GOLF! Thank you for your support.
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Metro Nashville Planning Department Releases Staff Report for Nashboro Village Parcels Periodic Review

Click on above link for the detailed report.

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Letter from Metro Legal Regarding Site 3

On February 29, 2012 I sent an email to the community with the following options.

1.) Submit an application to change the policy from Medium Residential to Residential Low Medium.
Update 4/7/12 - Planning has advised that policy cannot be changed on a property where significant construction has occurred.  Policy can be reviewed for changes on all undeveloped parcels. 
Changes to reduce the number of units for this property could have been made from the original PUD approval date in 1979 until 2005 before any dirt was pushed on this property. To change the policy to Residential Low Medium during this period could have reduced the number of units for this property from 73 to 46.

2.) Make application to planning to downzone the property by amending the PUD to specify building materials and to reduce the number of units.
Update 4/7/12 – Information has been received that the community was ok with 73 units on this small parcel of property since they were to be homeownership.   As a result of the community’s approval in 2005 and all activities from 2005, 2008 until present, vesting rights are now attached to the property.  Legal has advised that rights become vested when "substantial construction or substantial liabilities" have been incurred.  Infrastructure is there today that was not there in 2005.
*Note - To clear up misinformation distributed by others about this approval in 2005, I was not the school board member at the time this project was approved in 2005 and I am not listed on the paperwork.
http://www.nashville.gov/mpc/docs/meetings/2005/120805m.pdf - Minutes  Scroll down to Page 70-74 - Meeting Minutes and Staff Reports of the Planning Commission December 2005 - no one showed up from District 29 
As stated in the first option, changes to reduce the number of units for this property could have been made from the original PUD approval date in 1979 until 2005 before any dirt was pushed on this property.
I initiated a traffic study as requested to provide current information for 2012.  Comparisons can be made to the approvals from 2005 and 2008 where the community expressed they were ok with 73 units on this small parcel since they were homeownership.  Metro Planning will provide a report on the traffic study at the meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012.  *Note - Metro Legal has shared that Metro Government has no power to regulate whether a townhome, single family home, duplex or any approved structure is homeownership or rental.  

3.) Work with the developer to try to increase the quality of the development building materials, issues around driveway access and construction with a community meeting.


Concluding Comments:
Thank you to everyone who has invited me to come and speak with them personally as well as those who have responded to my emails, made phone calls and attended office hours for District 29 on these parcels.
I will speak at the Planning Commission's meeting on Thursday, April 12, 2012 to the concerns expressed to me which are to continue to push for a reduction in the number of units and traffic concerns present as of 2012.  I will also continue to express that the community does not want this development/project to proceed due to the units not being homeownership.
I attended the THDA board meeting that was held on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 to express the concerns around the approval for this project, the market analysis that led to their approval and Rental versus Homeownership and that our community is already oversaturated.  I will also continue to speak to the concerns expressed around homeownership versus rental at the Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012 understanding that Metro Government has no power to regulate homeownership versus rental.
Community Meetings will be scheduled now that the periodic review has unveiled all information relative to these parcels.  



APPLICANT REQUEST

Periodic Review of Site 3 of the Nashboro Village PUD

PUD Review 

A request to the Metro Planning Department for a periodic review of a portion of the Nashboro Village Planned Unit Development Overlay District located on various properties at 901 B Nashboro Boulevard, approximately 1,190 feet east of Murfreesboro Pike, Site 3, zoned R10 (12.59 acres), approved for 73 townhomes.

Existing Zoning

Site 3 is zoned R10 with a PUD overlay District. The PUD overlay allows 73 townhouse units. Site 3 was originally approved for 78 townhouse units. In December 2005, the Planning Commission approved the final site plan for Site 3 with a reduced unit count of 73 townhouses. The Planning Commission approved a revision to the plan in January 2009 to remove a connection of a private drive across the Colonial Pipeline gas line easement.

Timeline for Planning Commission Action

The Zoning Code requires that within 90 days from the initiation of its review, the Planning Commission must hold a public hearing to make a determination of activity, and if necessary, make a recommendation to the Council. This request was initiated on March 1, 2012 and the 90 day period extends to May 30, 2012. A If the Planning Commission does not make a determination within 90 days from the initiation of a review it will be considered that a recommendation was made to re-approve by ordinance the existing PUD overlay district without alteration.

ANALYSIS

As noted above, staff made a site visit in March 2012 and observed the presence of infrastructure to serve this development. In addition, the property owner’s representative did respond to the letter requesting documentation of activity with the following details of physical improvements constructed on the site:

• April 25, 2006 – Grading Permit No. SW2005-266 issued by Metro for site construction work on Tract 3.

• May 2006 to August 2006 – Approximately 90% of the site grading work and storm drainage infrastructure was installed for the 73 townhome units.

• June, 2007 – Public water and sanitary sewer line infrastructure installed for service to the 73 townhome units.

• December 21, 2007 - Wamble & Associates, PLLC prepares as-built plans for the public water and sanitary sewer infrastructure. 

The owner’s representative also provided documentation of activity within the past 12 months to develop Site 3. In the summer of 2011 investors in the Nashboro Village Townhomes, LP entered into a contract with First Bank to purchase and finish the previously approved development on Site 3. 

A review of our file indicates the following activities have occurred on Site 3:

• June 6, 2011 - Wamble & Associates, PLLC engaged by Bacar Constructors to prepare an as-built survey and contact Metro departments to identify the items necessary to complete the site work and obtain building permits for the 73 townhome units in Nashboro Village Tract 3.

• June – December 2011 - Wamble & Associates, PLLC, Quirk Designs, Greenspace Design and Bacar Constructors engaged by Townhomes of Nashboro Village, LP to develop site plans, unit architecture, site landscaping and development cost for completing the 73 townhome units approved on Nashboro Village Tract 3.

• November 10, 2011 - Wamble & Associates, PLLC prepares an updated ALTA Survey for Nashboro Village Tract 3.

• December 2011 – Building Permit No. T201128012 issued by Metro Codes Department.

• December 6, 2011 – Application for service submitted to NES.

• February 24, 2012 – Townhomes of Nashboro Village, LP acquires Nashboro Village Tract 3 from First Bank by Special Warranty Deed.

• March 9, 2012 - Wamble & Associates, PLLC prepares Revised Site Construction Plans and submits to Metro Planning, Metro Stormwater, Metro Public Works for approval and building permit sign-off.

Based on records provided by the property owner, First Bank was paid $650,000 for the purchase of Site 3 on February 24, 2012. From that time to date approximately, $75,000 has been paid on fees and expenses to enable the continued development and building the Site 3 project. These fees and expenses were for legal fees, appraisal fees, architecture fees, surveying fees, engineering fees, and contractor fees.”


Based on the documentation provided and the site visit, staff recommends that Site 3 of the Nashboro Village PUD be found to be active.

Consistency with Policy

The land use policy on this property and all properties within the PUD is Residential Medium (RM). This policy supports a variety of housing types within a density range of four to nine dwelling units per acre. A variety of housing types are appropriate. The most common types include compact, single-family detached units, town-homes, and walk-up apartments. The Nashboro Village PUD covers approximately 393 acres with 2,475 residential units for an overall density of 6.3 units per acre. This density fits within the RM policy. 

Recommended Legislation (if required)

If the PUD is found to be inactive, staff recommends that the PUD be maintained as approved as it “is consistent with the goals, policies, and objectives of the General Plan and any applicable specific redevelopment, historic, neighborhood, or community plans.”

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

In accordance with the requirements of 17.40.120 H, staff recommends that the Planning Commission find this portion of the Nashboro Village PUD to be active. If the Planning Commission finds the PUD to be inactive, staff recommends that the PUD be maintained as approved.


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Below is a link to the Staff Report Copied and Pasted in the link at the top of this post in text form so that it could fit in an email for the Agenda/Meeting of the Planning Commission scheduled Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM, Howard School Building, 700 Second Avenue South
The Below Link you can view the entire Staff Report with Maps.
http://www.nashville.gov/mpc/docs/meetings/2012/120412sr.pdf


Planning Commission Page - Where you can view all information.  You can also view the meeting online if you are unable to attend on Metro Government's YouTube Channel.  This meeting will be televised on Metro Cable Channel 3

http://www.nashville.gov/mpc/agendas/2012.asp

If you are unable to attend, you can email the Planning Commissioners at the following link with your comments
EmailEmail the Planning Commissioners
planning.commissioners@nashville.gov

Click on the below links to read all comments that have already been received by email to Metro Planning
Posted April 6, 2012 http://www.nashville.gov/mpc/docs/meetings/2012/CitizenComments/120412_2.pdf

Posted March 28, 2012  http://www.nashville.gov/mpc/docs/meetings/2012/CitizenComments/120412_1.pdf 

Metro Council clears HCA tax break for Antioch project

Metro Council clears HCA tax break for Antioch project
One Nashville-based company received a property tax break from the Metro Council on Tuesday as another took a big step toward getting one.
The council voted 29-3 to give hospital giant HCA Inc. a 60 percent tax abatement worth about $3 million over seven years on land where it plans to build a data center at The Crossings on Old Franklin Road in Antioch.
HCA has said it will invest more than $200 million in the property as part of an expansion that will create 155 jobs over five years. The company has said it will begin building the data center this summer.
Councilwoman Karen Johnson of Antioch applauded the deal.
“It is all about jobs,” Johnson said during a brief debate on the council floor. “This is an economic stimulus for our area. It provides much-needed activity within the Hickory Hollow business district.”
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Thank you to all who attended the Kickoff Meeting for our Sub Area 13 Plan

Over 100 participants came to the first meeting Thursday evening, April 5, in spite of heavy thunderstorms which slowed traffic all over Davidson County. Planners explained the update process, then the group broke up into small discussions on community issues including land use, zoning, civic involvement, transportation, and commercial growth.
The remaining schedule is as follows:

All meetings except the April 19 design workshop will be held from 6-8 pm at Lakeshore Christian Church, 5434 Bell Forge Lane East.
April 16 – Economic Development & Retail Centers
April 19 – Hands-On Design Workshop
3-7 pm at the Southeast Branch Library, 2325 Hickory Highlands Drive; come for part or all of this informal discussion, and offer your ideas on how Antioch might look in the future.
May 3 – Transportation
May 17 – Housing & Open Space
June 26 – Draft Policy Recommendations & Implementation
August 30 – Final Policy Recommendations

Kickoff for Antioch Priest Lake Sub Area 13 Planning for Southeast Nashville


http://www.newschannel5.com/story/17339977/kickoff-meeting-on-antioch-priest-lake-community-plan