Hoyte Heights vote delayed 2.5.18

Area residents, along with representatives from Brandon Frank Construction, LLC, fill the City Hall meeting room and the building’s foyer on Feb. 5 for a public hearing regarding a rezone request. A vote on the rezoning ordinance for property along Greenbrier Lake that developer Brandon Frank wants to construct nearly 350 residences on was delayed. Officials chose to move the item to next month’s agenda. CANDIS ANN SHEA

Action on an ordinance that would rezone acreage next to Greenbrier Lake for a proposed 157-acre development was delayed Feb. 5 after the Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed to move the agenda item to its March meeting.

The decision came after the Greenbrier board heard public comments and concerns — for nearly an hour — regarding a proposed development called “Hoyte Heights.”

Area residents along with representatives from Brandon Frank Construction LLC, which wants to develop the property, filled the City Hall meeting room as well as the building’s foyer by the front door.

More than a dozen people spoke regarding the project — two specifically asking for a larger meeting venue as some were unable to hear comments due to the crowd.

Mayor Bonnette Dawson later made a motion, which was passed, to amend the agenda by moving the zoning ordinance that was to be considered that evening to next month’s agenda instead.

“I think it would be a good idea for each one of the aldermen to poll his constituents,” she said.

Dawson said it would be necessary to secure a larger place for next month’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting slated March 5. On Thursday it was announced that the meeting will be held in the fellowship hall at Greenbrier First Baptist Church, 2518 Hwy. 41 South at 7 p.m.

In an interview, Frank said he is also looking for a meeting venue in Greenbrier to hold his own informational session regarding “Hoyte Heights” for the public and city officials alike.

That way, he explained, individuals can learn about the proposed development and ask questions — without time constraints — with engineers and developers present.

The “Hoyte Heights” development, which is proposed by Frank’s company, would place nearly 350 residences on acreage behind Louise Martin Community Park stretching to Distillery Road next to Greenbrier Lake.

Rezoning the property from its current Agriculture status to Medium Density Residential Planned Unit Development (REPUDM) and High Density Residential Planned Unit Development (REPUDH) is needed for the project.

“Hoyte Heights” would include 119 condominiums, 230 homes, a clubhouse, stocked ponds, two parks, access points to the lake and a trail system.

However, the majority of questions and concerns raised during the public hearing were regarding the traffic impact that the new residences would have on roads in Greenbrier. Residents explained that some streets already suffer from congestion now, particularly along Main Street behind the Citgo station. Additionally, cars backing up along roads due to the trains crossing were mentioned.

Others were concerned about the effects of more traffic within the current Hoyte Heights subdivision, located next door to Frank’s newly-proposed neighborhood.

One of the proposed development’s entrances is planned at Fisher Drive, which would connect the two subdivisions. The second would be located along Distillery Road.

Jonathan Foot, who lives by one of the development’s proposed entrances, said he always knew a subdivision would eventually come to the nearby acreage.

“I just didn’t realize up until things got put in the news exactly how many houses and properties were going to be back there,” he said. “My major concern does wind up being the amount of traffic coming down my road.”

Foot let the board know he’s seen a significant amount of traffic already since a small development was constructed near his house.

Frank told those attending that a traffic study had been done and reviewed by engineers with their recommendations — which he offered to email to those interested.

While the first phase of the development would include 30 homes, he said all offsite work would be completed prior to constructing the second phase — including a turn lane at Cemetery and Distillery Roads.

Frank said he’s also agreed to help fund the straightening of the “S” curve along Main Street. The curve would be converted to a three-way stop.

“In talking with them (the city), I’ve agreed that if there’s 100 cars going down that road today, and I put 20 more, then I’m paying 20 percent of it,” he said. “I’m helping to do that too. I’m not putting it off on the city.”

Others who spoke had concerns about removing property from agriculture status, the cost of the homes being out of price range of most locals and the impact nearly 350 new residences would have on the schools.

Resident Julie Ford mentioned how the middle school is already using portables and wanted to know how Greenbrier would accommodate and have the infrastructure needed.

“And how do we get the answers to that?” she asked.

Later in the meeting, Joann Miller, a design consultant with Brandon Frank Construction, addressed how the portables have been used for years, dating back to when another subdivision was being considered.

“The school issue has always been a school issue and probably always will be. Cause that’s not the city; that’s the county,” Miller said. Any school concerns need to be taken to the county level, she added.

Frank clarified that the proposed subdivision is being geared toward the “hipster” crowd coming to Nashville and retirees. At least 150 of “Hoyte Heights” properties would have retirees, he said, mainly in the condos and single-level homes.

He’s been in discussions and meetings, Frank added, over the past six to seven months regarding the development — working with the city to see how a project like this could work.

While Ford said she understood what the development was going to do for “Hoyte Heights” residents, she wanted to know what it would do for Greenbrier.

“In my mind, it’s going to do a lot,” Frank said. “It’s going to change a lot. I don’t a have crystal ball to tell you; but it’s not only going to be good for the City of Greenbrier, but also good for Robertson County.”

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