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2020 Plan Survey results available

The consultant MIG (from the Boulder, CO office) has issued the results of Brentwood's 2020 Plan Survey.

You may visit the website maintained by MIG and dedicated to the 2020 plan here: http://www.brentwood2020.com/

Questions addressing Maryland Farms, a possible town center, water, recreation, senior needs, historic commission priorities, and cemeteries were posed.  There were also breakdowns of the ages and residence zones of poll participants.

You may email organizer, Paul Glasgow, at paulg@brentwood2020.com





 

The latest on the Streets of Brentwood Property...

One of the developers of the proposed Streets of Brentwood project, HG Hill Realty, has taken full control of the property at the corner of Maryland Way and Franklin Road.  HG Hill has presented plans for the site now named "Hill Center Brentwood".

Preserve Brentwood is, overall, pleased with the current C2 proposal that does NOT involve high density residential use (apartments) and other large components that do not remain true to our city's vision.  Preserve Brentwood is not "anti-development" and remains optimistic that the latest plans will be an asset to the community.  We would like to see this important corner succeed at this highly visible entrance to our city.

 

From The Williamson Herald

Hill Center Brentwood gathers community input

Rezoning plans for Hill Center Brentwood sailed smoothly through Brentwood City Commission recently, while residents expressed eagerness to see the project come to fruition.

Interested area residents gathered at the Brentwood Library last night for a public hearing to listen to a presentation outlining plans and renderings for the Hill Center Brentwood. Project leader Jimmy Granbery, H.G. Hill Realty CEO, led the presentation followed by a traffic study and stormwater presentation by experts.

The development would bring about 600,000 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space to the corner of Maryland Way and Franklin Road, with wide sidewalks, green space areas with benches, connectivity to parks, a parking garage and improved water quality for the area.

The public hearing ended with no questions for project presenters and an approving comment from long-time Brentwood resident Calvin Bruce to “get it built.”

The community reaction greatly differs from the developer’s attempts two years ago to bring a similar project, Streets of Brentwood, to the city.

The previous project would have brought a 950,000 square foot. mixed-use development with commercial, retail and residential space. However, the project met much controversy and push back from some residents and commissioners who opposed the residential component of the plans that would include condos.

Debate rose over the possibility of residential rental space coming to a community where historically residential homes are built on a minimum of one-acre lots. Ultimately, the previous project was pulled from consideration.

With a fresh perspective this go-round, the new Hill Center Brentwood project seems to catch a pleasing eye of most residents and officials after about three public meetings, one neighborhood meeting in the Williamsburg subdivision and a recent rezoning approval from the city.

The Brentwood City Commission unanimously approved rezoning the 17-acre property to a C-2 (commercial/retail) designation upon first reading earlier this month.

“C-2 does not allow residential, extended stay hotels or conversion of hotels to residential,” Granbery explained during the presentation.

Granbery also explained that residents’ support of retail and restaurant space reflected in the Brentwood 2020 resident survey administered by the city was also taken into consideration when planning the development. “We have worked very closely with neighbors and the city,” Granbery said.

“We have a great team, and I feel very good about the process. We have been very transparent. There are no agendas and no surprises.”

Along with streetscape renderings and plan details, the presentation also included detailed explanation of the comprehensive traffic study of about 12 intersections surrounding the proposed development. Also, a stormwater plan that would greatly improve the quality of the water in the area was submitted.

Granbery proposed a plan for connectivity ensuring that green space with wide sidewalks would connect Hill Center Brentwood to East Park Chadwick, City Park, Maryland Way Park and the existing Hill Center.

He explained that $498,000 would be generated in sales tax revenue for Williamson County Schools and that Williamson County would receive $907,000 in additional revenues from property taxes.

The planning commission will provide a recommendation July 7. A public hearing will be held July 14 and the city commission final reading will be July 28.

“We have made sure that everyone gets a chance to look at the project, and we will see what happens July 28,” Brentwood Mayor Betsy Crossley said. If approved, Phase I of the project, including the demolition of the Tennessee Baptist Convention building, could begin in August.





 

School overcrowding update...
It's back to school time, but the idyllic images of children skipping down halls to their spacious, welcoming, well-organized classrooms are sadly a fantasy at many Brentwood schools.
  "What?" you ask. "Aren't these the top public facilities in the state?"  The answer from many parents and students falls squarely between "yes" and "no"

On the "yes" side are: pretty decent standardized test scores, safe-feeling environments, availability of AP classes at the high school level, and successful sports programs.

But as good as the "yes" points are positive, the "no" points are troubling: many Brentwood High teachers don't have classrooms so they have to work from rolling carts, in certain classes students don't have desks to sit at, and many classes bulge at the seams with more than 30 students.  Principal Kevin Keidel's welcome back to school message included, "
We are currently over our projected enrollment and staffing so our classes are very full."  The same conditions as BHS have been reported at Brentwood Middle. 

Other Brentwood and county schools have turned to portables to deal with overcrowding.  The Brentwood Home Page reports that Lipscomb Elementary,
Ravenwood High, Independence High, Page Middle, Trinity Elementary, Heritage Elementary and Fairview Elementary will all have them on their grounds this year.  That they are as unsightly as the Band-Aids they are is a given, but they also have distractingly noisy HVAC units attached and physically isolate those students and teachers from the main building.

Why is Preserve Brentwood bringing this up?
  The answer to that question is more straightforward.  We believe that because parts of the county allow high density housing, such as Gateway Apartments at the corner of Moores Lane and Franklin Road--which are actually in Franklin but zoned for Brentwood schools, our schools are squeezed to over capacity.  This continued squeezing causes overpopulation in our schools; frustration for faculty, students, and parents; gridlock traffic during the school rush; and the possible decrease in property values as the schools become less desirable.

We also believe that the various layers of local government are not working together as they should.  Brentwood City Commissioners alter zoning parameters and approve projects that directly impact our local schools without communicating with the School Director or County Commission.  As a result, the Schools are forced to play catch-up with the booming growth which triggers re-zoning of students for new schools with little or no notice, and those that aren't rezoned are faced with inadequate facilities and the installation of portables.

All good parents want what is best for their children.  All good citizens want what is best for the community and coming generation.  Let's put our heads together to find solutions for integrating the needs of students with the Brentwood schools, the county school system, and the Brentwood City Commission.  Take a moment to let your representatives know your priorities and what is expected from them.  It can be as little as one sentence to:

The Williamson County Board of Education members:

kenneth.peterson@wcs.edu
janicem@wcs.edu
pj.mezera@wcs.edu
timothym@wcs.edu
garya@wcs.edu vice chairman
cherie.hammond@wcs.edu
robert.hullett@wcs.edu
pata1@wcs.edu chairman
rick.wimberly@wcs.edu
ericw@wcs.edu
markg@wcs.edu
vickiv@wcs.edu

their website is: http://www.wcs.edu/school_board/homepage.htm


The Brentwood City Commissioners:

crossleyb@brentwood-tn.org mayor
burginj@brentwood-tn.org vice mayor
dunna@brentwood-tn.org
freemanr@brentwood-tn.org
gormanm@brentwood-tn.org
littler@brentwood-tn.org
smithson@brentwood-tn.org

their website is: https://brentwood-tn.org/index.aspx?page=30



 

More students, more teachers in Williamson County

Approaching 2,000 students, Ravenwood High School presently has the highest enrollment in county schools. Looney said portables aren’t out of the question for the school.

We do have plans on adding portables at Ravenwood because of enrollment. We’re waiting to see how enrollment levels out. They’re right on the brink of needing additional portables. We could bring them in within the next couple of weeks, or we could wait in preparation for next year. We don’t move them lightheartedly, because just to get it set up is $10,000. We only do that if we absolutely have to,” he said.

According to a student report provided by Looney, five county schools were over capacity. Numbers are always changing, but those reported as of Aug. 16 are as follows:

  • Brentwood Middle School: 1,267 enrolled, 1,105 capacity
  • Franklin High School: 1,759 enrolled, 1,584 capacity
  • Lipscomb Elementary School: 868 enrolled, 780 capacity
  • Ravenwood High School: 1,986 enrolled, 1,649 capacity
  • Spring Station Middle School: 1,063 enrolled, 971 capacity

Enrollment numbers are never really finalized as the schools grow yearlong, but numbers stabilize somewhat after Labor Day.

you may access the full article here: http://www.brentwoodhomepage.com/more-students-more-teachers-in-williamson-county-cms-13664#.UiJdGLx5lLR




 





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