BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Alderman passed the second and final reading of the Unified Development Code (UDC) on Monday, a design document for the city over two years in the making. In addition, the board adopted the new property tax rates for Spring Hill for the next fiscal year.
Since Spring Hill is split between two different counties, separate property tax rates were assigned to north and south portions of the city. The property tax rate for the Williamson County side increased from .5381 to .6569 cents, and the Maury County side from .5927 to .60 cents.
The property tax rate is the amount of taxes owed by the property owner per $100 of assessed value – and since property values increase on a regular basis, cities are required by law to perform an “equalization,” or an adjustment to the property taxes to keep costs the same for property owners, on a regular basis.
In this case, the city’s property tax has been raised following an equalization by the board back in June.
Regarding the UDC, Mayor Rick Graham was excited to approve the final reading of the document, calling it “a big one.”
The document is essentially a development guideline, created to direct the city’s growth in accordance with future goals of the city, as well as the Spring Hill Rising 2040 plan.
One major point of concern among residents was a proposed amendment to the document that would allow for billboards to be installed on Saturn Parkway. While earlier meetings saw the board nearly split on the issue, the UDC passed with no further amendments that would allow for billboards on Saturn Parkway.
“Our city’s first zoning ordinance was adopted in 1987… Spring Hill’s development is far more sophisticated and diverse today,” Graham said in a statement. “This new UDC reflects nearly two years of extremely hard work that will help us better preserve and protect the City’s historic development patterns, while creating new opportunities for economic development, helping to make Spring Hill a more resilient, livable and business-friendly community.”
The first work on the UDC started all the way back in fall of 2016 as a means to help outline specific guidelines and regulations, helping steer development in the fast growing city. The city took input from residents via online surveys, and eventually submitted a first draft in January of this year.