Public open house for proposed 800-home golf development follows 1,961-acre annexation


Public open house for proposed 800-home golf development follows 1,961-acre annexation

An open house concerning The Farms at Thompson’s Station, a proposed 800-home golfing community, has been scheduled for Dec. 15.

An open house concerning The Farms at Thompson’s Station, a proposed 800-home golfing community, has been scheduled for Dec. 15 to allow residents to learn more details on the development.

The open house follows the Board of Mayor and Alderman’s approval of the resolution to annex 1,961.17 acres in anticipation of the new development. The board is expected to vote on final approval for the ordinance to rezone the newly-annexed property into a Transect Community in order to allow for the kind of mixed-use residential development being presented.

Many land owners on Coleman Road, whose properties are adjacent to the annexation area, attended the board’s Nov. 10 meeting to voice their opposition, and their concerns primarily regarded harmful effects on their rural way of life and that a wastewater facility would be built on the north end of the property near their homes.

But one of the more common complaints concerned the lack information and communication provided by the developer, Beacon Land Development, out of Dallas, Tex., who plan to develop a 1,229-acre town center and golf community.

“I came in here tonight expecting to see maps on every wall outlining the details so people and constituents can look at what the project actually is rather than flipping through it really fast,” said Eddie Sanders, a Coleman Road resident, at the Nov. 10 meeting.

Michael Abbot, president of Beacon Land Development, assured residents at the meeting that his company would hold an open forum to allow for the kind of discourse that many of those in attendance that night were expecting.

“The last thing I have is on communication,” Abbot said at the meeting. “I don’t know what to tell you about what you were expecting to see tonight, but I will tell you that I believe there is a meeting planned for Dec 15, which will be an open forum where we plan to show you maps, we plan to show you designs, we plan to show you sizes and we plan to show you where we have discovered where maybe we could put things.

“We plan to tell you how we have continual workshop sessions with the city planners here to show you that we are trying to be responsible and we are trying find a way to do this and a way to satisfy the need and the zoning. Your comments are heard, and we respect that you would get up and voice them. You make us aware of how proud you are of your community.”

The annexation is the single largest undertaken by town officials following incorporation in 1990. The land, owned by Thomas Keenan and Gary and Portia Baker, stretches from West Harpeth Road, northwest from Tollgate Village, to Coleman Road.

The open forum is set to be held at the Thompson’s Station Community Center on Dec. 15 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Town planning commissioners will be on hand at the forum and the public is encouraged to attend.

Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at quint@springhillhomepage.com.

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