A view of the area where Beacon Land hopes to develop the Two Farms subdivision. // Photo by Matt Blois
By MATT BLOIS
The Thompson’s Station Board of Mayor and Aldermen will vote on a zoning change that would allow the Two Farms subdivision to move forward.
The city’s planning commission already recommended the change, and the board voted for the change in an initial vote last month. The second vote on Tuesday would finalize the zoning change.
If the board approves the zoning changes, the developer, Beacon Land Development, will still have to submit a concept plan, a plan for treating wastewater and submit several other plans detailing what the development will look like before starting construction. The wastewater treatment plan needs to be accepted by both the city and the state.
After a previous meeting, Beacon Land Development President Michael Abbott said that the company could start moving dirt on the project at some point this summer. Thompson’s Station Town Administrator Joe Cosentini said that timeline is a bit ambitious because of all the subsequent steps required.
Beacon Land Development is asking the city to classify about 686 acres as a transect community. The area has not been zoned since the city annexed it in 2016. The southern part of Two Farms already is considered a transect community.
The transect community is a versatile type of zoning that includes several different categories in a single zoning classification. Transect communities include open space, low-, medium- and high-density housing. Some of those categories also permit commercial uses.
The type of zoning that Beacon Land Development is asking for would organize homes into groups called hamlets. At least 60 percent of the area would be open space. Up to 40 percent of the area could be low- or medium-density housing, and up to 10 percent could be used for high-density housing.
The low- and medium-density areas would permit a few commercial uses, such as restaurants. The higher density areas would permit more commercial uses such as medical clinics, breweries and office buildings.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at the town’s community center.