By MATT BLOIS
At Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting, a home builder asked Thompson’s Station leaders to change the rules governing the town’s development so that it could build townhomes and condominiums in front of Tollgate Village.
The commission asked city staff to review the changes because it had some concerns about the proposal.
Ragan Smith, the engineering firm representing Regent Homes, suggested the changes, which would have allowed condominiums and apartment buildings in the town’s neighborhood commercial district. The engineering company also asked the city to allow smaller driveways, smaller lot widths and for residential buildings to cover a large portion of the lot.
Regent Homes wants the townhomes and condominiums in front of Tollgate to look like the ones it has already built in Berry Farms. The area where it would like to build the homes is currently categorized as a neighborhood commercial district. That is the only area in the whole city with that zoning classification.
That category was designed for shops, restaurants and offices close to residential areas. It does currently allow some housing mixed in with those uses, but not much.
Regent Homes brought several displays showing what the buildings would look like. Smith compared the project to other subdivisions in Williamson County.
“You can see what we’re trying to build,” Ragan-Smith Vice President Brett Smith said. “If you like what you see here in Westhaven, help us get there.”
A rough design of the plan shows about 200 townhomes and condos on about 27 acres of land.
In addition, Regent Homes has already received approval from the city to start moving forward on a plan to build two commercial buildings in the same area. Those buildings would include shops, restaurants and a coffee shop, as well as apartments.