Another developer seeks amendment to Envision Franklin for neighborhood south of Berry Farms


Another developer seeks amendment to Envision Franklin for neighborhood south of Berry Farms

PHOTO: The entrance to the Stream Valley subdivision, east of Lewisburg Pike. A proposed development will border the property./Brooke Wanser

By BROOKE WANSER

During a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night, residents of Stream Valley off Goose Creek Bypass heard about a possible change to Envision Franklin which would allow a neighboring development greater density.

Currently zoned for single-family residential development, Nashville developer Kevin Estes of Land Solutions is seeking the amendment to allow for a conservation subdivision, in which 50 percent of land must be set aside for green space.

Estes is also the developer of the controversial Colletta Park neighborhood in east Franklin.

Greg Gamble, the owner and president of Gamble Design Collaborative, explained the scope of the project.

The property is located on 320 acres on Lewisburg Pike, near the Stream Valley subdivision and just southwest of Berry Farms.

Though it’s not within city limits, the property is in the urban growth boundary, thus falling under the scope of Envision Franklin, explained Alderman Ann Petersen, who attended the meeting.

Gamble said an annexation request had not yet been submitted.

If annexed in, Gamble said the plan is to develop approximately two units per acre. He did not have an estimate for a total number of units.

Envision Franklin, Gamble pointed out, is a land use document meant to guide the design of neighborhoods and infrastructure.

Passing resolutions to change the city’s land use plan, which was introduced in January of 2017, has sometimes proved contentious work over the past year.

In June, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to amend Envision Franklin to allow for affordable housing to be built on the city-owned Hill Property.

Later that month, the planning commission voted to amend the land use plan again, before reversing their vote upon pressure from over 100 citizens who packed into city hall.

For this project, houses that back up to Goose Creek Estates would be of similar size, while homes closer to the front would be smaller and more clustered.

Gamble also said the developer would offer to build a 130-acre park, should the city want it, with hiking and mountain biking trails.

The planning commission will vote on the amendment during a meeting on September 27 at 7 p.m.

About The Author

Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at brooke.wanser@homepagemediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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