Thompson’s Station officials voted Tuesday to approve the first reading of a rezoning request for a newly proposed development, Pleasant Creek, on a property just north of the Arbor Lake subdivision.
The developer of the new Pleasant Creek neighborhood has requested a rezoning from D1 (low intensity) to a Transect Community for 212 acres located north of Thompson’s Station Road, between Lewisburg Pike and Interstate 65. According to the Town of Thompson’s Station’s Land Development Ordinance, Transect Community is a type of flexible zoning district maintained until preliminary plat approval, at which point specific zoning designations take the place of Transect Community.
Although the developer has not yet presented any detailed plans, the application describes the project as a “residential subdivision using Transect Zones to provide a mix of housing types in clustered nodes of residential development and open space preservation.”
“We understand from the general plan the town seeks to balance rural atmosphere of the Thompson’s Station community and what makes it so special with clustered neighborhoods that respect the environment, respect the land, the topography of rolling hills,” said landscape architect Greg Gamble, representing the applicant for the Pleasant Creek neighborhood.
“This particular area of Thompson’s Station located between Lewisburg Pike and I-65 was identified as G1 Controlled Growth, which would allow for these clustered subdivisions in the transect zone, and why is that? Because Lewisburg Pike is an arterial and Lewisburg Pike allows for connections to [state Route] 840 up to I-65 to the jobs corridor along I-65 and south again toward Spring Hill and Columbia. So this is an ideal property and neighborhood location for this type of controlled growth transect community.”
While city leaders expressed approval of the plan, the main issue for members of the Board of Mayor and Alderman at Tuesday’s meeting concerned a lack of more specific information about the plans.
In order to help the community better understand what is proposed for this rezoning, Alderman Brandon Bell proposed adding a condition to the ordinance requiring the applicant to provide more information at the second reading of the item at next month’s meeting.
Town Administrator Joe Cosentini said town staff are supportive of the rezoning request for Pleasant Creek. He added that even though they might not know exactly what the developer has planned for the site, there is plenty of room for city leaders to weigh in on the process as the project will require further approvals.
The board voted unanimously to approve the first reading of the rezoning. The item comes back before city leaders for a vote on second reading at next month’s meeting.
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