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Brentwood City Commission

CANDIDATE ANALYSIS

 

 

The following analysis is provided in response to the many requests we have had for information about the candidate’s positions and voting records as they relate to the values and principles in our Mission Statement.

 

Candidates are reviewed based on their voting records, campaign platforms and responses in the four candidate forums/debates. The evaluations are ranked on a scale from 5 Stars (in agreement with the Mission Statement) to 1 Star (in opposition to the Mission Statement).

 

Tamela Soltis★★★★½:  Tamela has consistently emphasized her belief in properly managing growth and limiting the density of development to maintain Brentwood’s character, drivability and quality of life.

      Strongly supports maintaining traditional Brentwood zoning standards.

      Against residential rezoning to increase the number of homes that can be built on a given property.

      Opposed the Tapestry apartment complex and associated zoning changes.

      Opposed to more apartments/condominiums in our commercial districts.

      Opposed the destruction of the green space around the Mooreland Mansion.

      Pledged to not accept campaign contributions from developers or PACs.

      Supports updating Brentwood’s Ethics Policy to increase transparency of campaign contributions.

      Strong advocate for Brentwood schools and very concerned about the overcrowded situation that exists. Believes our leadership must better manage the community so that growth and school infrastructure are in harmony.

 

Tamela’s positions and views are very similar to Preserve Brentwood’s Mission Statement.

 

 

Ken Travis★★★★½:  Ken believes we must maintain the special character of Brentwood and is concerned about recent changes permitting high density commercial development that result in traffic failures, infrastructure problems and overcrowding.

      Worked tirelessly with local Homeowner Associations to organize opposition to the Harley Davidson Project which was approved last year by our City Planning Commission. After many months these residents persuaded the Harley group to choose another site.

      Supports common sense growth that is in keeping with Brentwood’s traditional zoning standards.

      Opposed to the Tapestry apartment complex and associated zoning changes.

      Opposed to more apartments/condominiums in our commercial districts.

      Opposed the destruction of the green space around the Mooreland Mansion.

      Supports updating Brentwood’s Ethics Policy to increase transparency of campaign contributions.

      Pledged not to accept campaign contributions from developers and PACs.

      Supports updating Brentwood’s Ethics Policy to increase transparency of campaign contributions.

      Stated his vision for Brentwood is to keep it a suburban residential community supported by a solid business base of moderate density.

 

Ken’s positions and views are very similar to Preserve Brentwood’s Mission Statement.

 

 

Anne Dunn - ★★★½:  Anne has served on the City Commission since 1990. She has served as Mayor for two terms.

      During her 25 years of service she has played a role in shaping and maintaining Brentwood’s traditional zoning standards.

      Voted against rezoning the 264 acre Holt property. The rezoning proposal would have dramatically increased the density of homes (an additional 100 homes) permitted on this property.  The impact on traffic, neighboring subdivisions, school crowding and our limited water and sewer infrastructure would have been significant.

      Voted for updating Brentwood’s Ethics Policy to increase transparency of campaign contributions.

      Voted in 2010 to change the zoning in our downtown commercial area to allow more dense development. This included increasing the allowable building height to seven stories in some areas. The increased density means more traffic and greater demand on our limited sewer and water infrastructure.

      Voted to expand the C-4 zoning area thus increasing the property available for more high density commercial development. 

      Voted for the Tapestry apartment complex. This rezoning allowed apartments in Brentwood for the first time.

      Voted for the Streets of Brentwood project on first reading, which was proposed for the corner of Maryland Way and Franklin Rd. This was to be a mixed use development complex comparable in size to the Green Hills Mall (as measured in square feet). The project included a large block of condos/apartments. This proposal caused a great backlash from residents and the developer ultimately withdrew the project.

      Voted in 2015 for a change in Town Center/C-4 zoning to prohibit the building of more residential properties. This change also reduced building heights.

 

Anne’s voting record is supportive, but not totally consistent, with Preserve Brentwood’s Mission Statement.

 

 

Jill Burgin★★★:  Jill was first elected to the City Commission in 2011. She has served as Vice Mayor since 2013.

      Voted for the Tapestry apartment complex. This rezoning allowed apartments in Brentwood for the first time.

      Voted for the Streets of Brentwood on project first reading, which was proposed for the corner of Maryland Way and Franklin Rd. This was to be a mixed use development complex comparable in size to the Green Hills Mall (as measured in square feet). The project included a large block of condos/apartments. This proposal caused a great backlash from residents and the developer ultimately withdrew the project.

      Voted against updating Brentwood’s Ethics Policy to increase transparency of campaign contributions.

      Voted for the rezoning of the 264 acre Holt property. This rezoning would have dramatically increased the density of homes (an additional 100 homes) permitted on the property. The impact on traffic, neighboring subdivisions, school crowding and our limited sewer and water infrastructure would have been significant.

      Voted for a change in Town Center zoning to prohibit the building of more residential properties. This change also reduced building heights.

 

Jill’s voting record is at times in keeping with Preserve Brentwood’s Mission Statement.

 

 

Betsy Crossley:  Betsy has been a City Commissioner since 2007 and is running for her third term. She is concluding her second term as Mayor. Betsy’s voting record proves her to be a proponent of high density development. She has consistently voted to change Brentwood’s traditional zoning standards.

      Voted in 2010 to change the zoning in our downtown commercial area to allow more dense development. This included increasing the allowable building height to seven stories in some areas. The increased density means more traffic and greater demand on our limited sewer and water infrastructure. 

      Voted to expand the C-4 zoning area thus increasing the property available for more high density commercial development.

      Voted for the Tapestry apartment complex. This rezoning allowed apartments in Brentwood for the first time.

      Voted for the Streets of Brentwood project on first reading, which was proposed for the Murray–Ohio/Tennessee Baptist property on the corner of Maryland Way and Franklin Rd. This was to be a mixed use development complex comparable in size to the Green Hills Mall (as measured in square feet). The project included a large block of condos/apartments. This proposal caused a great backlash from residents and the developer ultimately withdrew the project.  Publically stated she was disappointed the project did not move forward.

      Voted twice against updating Brentwood’s Ethics Policy to increase transparency of campaign contributions.

      Under her tenure as Mayor, the Planning Commission approved the Harley Davidson project, an eight unit condominium building in Town Center, and a Self storage facility which were against the recommendations of residents, City Commissioners, and City staff respectively.

      In 2015 several City Commissioners proposed that Town Center zoning be changed to prohibit the building of more residential properties. They believed the existing 403 apartments/condos were enough. Twice Betsy voted to stop this proposal and keep the City open to more apartments/condos. On the final vote when it was clear the proposal would pass regardless of how she voted, Betsy voted yes.

      Voted against rezoning of the Holt property, which would have allowed an additional 100 more homes to be built.

 

Betsy has voted many times in opposition to Preserve Brentwood’s Mission Statement.

 

 


 

COMMISSION VOTING RECORD
Preserve Brentwood volunteers have researched the recent voting records of the City Commissioners on various
zoning ordinances.  We present this score card to help voters get a bigger picture of the incumbent candidates.

Current Candidates are highlighted in yellow











ELECTION VOTING

Brentwood City Commissioner early voting is available weekdays from 8:00 am-6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to noon from Wednesday, April 15-30 at Brentwood Library, Brentwood Municipal Center (City Hall on Maryland Way) and Williamson Administrative Complex in Franklin. 

Election Day is Tuesday, May 5, 2015 and votes may be cast at individual voting precincts throughout the city.



 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT


Preserve Brentwood’s mission is to ensure that Brentwood continues to grow in a well-planned manner that is consistent with the city’s existing character and infrastructure. We are an open, non-partisan group of residents and local businesses dedicated to common-sense growth based on Brentwood’s traditional zoning standards*. These zoning requirements have been central to the success Brentwood enjoys today.

 

This quote is from City of Brentwood website:

“The vision that was shared by Brentwood’s own residents in establishing a low density residential community is still prevalent. About 90 percent of Brentwood’s acreage is zoned residential with a density standard of one dwelling unit per acre. The easy accessibility to Nashville, the open country character of the area and the focus on quality land use and development has made Brentwood one of the most attractive and desirable growing communities in Tennessee.”

 

These are characteristics we wish to honor and maintain for generations to come.

 

*This quality growth, land use and development require that the area zoned for owner-occupied residential property with a low density of one home per acre remain intact. Commercially zoned areas have to be of moderate density and limited building height (i.e. Maryland Farms). Multifamily residences (such as apartment buildings) are not in keeping with the city’s character or infrastructure.


 





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Should you find an error in facts, please notify us, and we will make corrections.


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