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NEARLY 30 RESIDENTIAL ACRES

may be zoned COMMERCIAL

At Franklin Rd and Old Hickory Blvd



please check the Oak Hill website for meeting updates: http://www.oakhilltn.us/

 


    If this rezoning passes, the homes in this nearly 30 acre area will be converted into commercial and mixed use property.  The Mixed Use code permits:

·      Between 50% and 60% of total square footage may include retail, hotels, and theaters.

·      Up to 25% may be allocated for office use and other businesses that do not pay local sales tax

·      Up to 25% may be residential


This rezoning will impact Brentwood in a massive way with high density housing, increased crime and more traffic / gridlock.


Can you even imagine that traffic could get worse at Old Hickory Blvd. / I-65 / Franklin Road?


·      Metro Public Works Department had the intersection of Franklin Road & Old Hickory Blvd. as the #2 rated busiest intersection in Davidson County in 2007.
·      Metro had the section of Old Hickory Blvd. between Franklin Road & I-65 as the 5th busiest section of non-interstate roadway in 2007.
·      The “Streets of Brentwood” traffic consultants (RPM), also the traffic consultants working with MIG who the City of Brentwood just hired to do the 2020 Plan Update & Master Thoroughfare Plan, rated the intersection of Old Hickory Blvd. & Franklin Road an “F” (worst rating possible).
·      There are already multiple projects underway that will dramatically impact Brentwood and the traffic on our northern border: Tapestry Apartments (400 units) and retail space near TJ Maxx; Tractor Supply’s large new HQ in Maryland Farms; a new hotel and retail area on Franklin Rd in the Synergy Office Park (to be called CityPark Brentwood); and a large office and retail development at Seven Springs just east of Target on Old Hickory Blvd. 


There are only 3 individuals who vote on this proposal:

Oak Hill Mayor Austin McMullen: austin.mcmullen@oakhilltn.us

Vice Mayor Jennifer Claxton: jennifer.claxton@oakhilltn.us

Commissioner Kyle Felts: kylefelts@gmail.com 

 


Sign the online petition at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/opposition-to-commercial-zoning-for-the-city-of?utm_medium=email&utm_source=system&utm_campaign=Send%2Bto%2BFriend


Read more at:

http://www.newschannel5.com/story/24188461/oak-hill-residents-fight-proposed-new-development


http://www.brentwoodhomepage.com/oak-hill-considers-commercial-zoning-residents-voice-opposition-cms-14739#.Uqn-wI15lLQ


http://www.oakhilltn.us/news/oak-hill-public-hearing



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The 2020 Plan Update

The consultant MIG (from the Boulder, CO office) has concluded the first round of public meetings, and will now draw up survey questions to be mailed to Brentwood addresses.  The first survey is expected to go out in January 2014.  There will be at least one public meeting focusing on the first survey's results sometime in the February-March timeframe.  A second survey will be mailed in April 2014.

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

Latest Brentwood Hompage coverage of the update may be seen here: http://www.brentwoodhomepage.com/traffic-density-recurring-themes-at-2020-plan-meetings-cms-14581#.Uptrpo15lLQ

Note that at the bottom of each web page you may sign up for their newsletter.  That would be an excellent way to keep up with their latest news.

Previous audience poll results can be seen here: http://www.brentwood2020.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/ResultsByQuestion_GeneralPublicMeetings_November12th_14th.pdf  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...

It was announced October 22 that one of the developers of the proposed Streets of Brentwood project, HG Hill Realty, has contracted to purchase the site of the Tennessee Baptist convention property at the corner of Maryland Way and Franklin Road.

HG Hill Realty was one of the development partners for the "Streets" proposal and already owns the former Murray Ohio site that sits between the TBC and the existing Hill Center.

Preserve Brentwood is still very concerned about a C4 proposal that would involve high density residential use (apartments) and other large components that do not remain true to our city's vision (high quality of schools, 1 acre - 1 dwelling, open space and an overall maintained sense of community).  Traffic also remains a big concern for all Brentwood residents.

Preserve Brentwood is not "anti-development" and we remain optimistic a valuable solution will be proposed by the developer that will appeal to the overall needs of the city and residents of Brentwood.  These are two important tracts of land (TBC and Murray Ohio) that we all would like to see succeed at this highly visible entrance to our city.

Below is an article with what public information has been released so far:

H.G. Hill has part of proposed Streets of Brentwood under contract

The Tennessean Oct. 22, 2013

H.G. Hill Realty Co. has placed under contract the Tennessee Baptist Convention property off Maryland Way, which was part of the site of the controversial Streets of Brentwood project.

Plans for that mixed-use development were withdrawn after community opposition.

The contract comes four months after Nashville-based H.G. Hill became sole owner of the adjacent former Murray Ohio headquarters property after paying $1.4 million for interest of former joint venture partner, GBT Realty Corp. They wanted to build offices, 300 condos, a hotel and retail sites, including a movie theater, on the site.

“Placing the contiguous property under contract gives us the ability to look at the property in some detail,” said Jimmy Granbery, CEO of H.G. Hill Realty. “We continue to examine our holdings in the Brentwood area similar to what we do as a company for all our major centers.”

Adjacent to the former Murray Ohio headquarters on Franklin Road just south of the Maryland Way, H.G. Hill also owns the Brentwood Hill Center where recreational store REI and Fresh Market are among tenants. “Our existing center and the former Murray Ohio site are important to the company and, we believe, to the community,” Granbery said. “At this point no decisions have been made other than to continue to evaluate our options and opportunities. We look forward to working with the community in the future as we move forward with the process.”

You may access the original article here: http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013310220131



 

Proposal Passed November 18:

Williamson County Schools Rezoning

Lipscomb Elementary School

 

The Williamson County School Board voted to move the southwest boundary of Lipscomb Elementary to north of Moores Lane and Lynnwood Way.  The children rezoned will attend Walnut Grove Elementary. 

 

According to the proposal, “Students in that area would continue to be zoned for Brentwood Middle and Brentwood High Schools until 2016, when the Northeast Area High School is projected to open. We recommend that the Board rezone this area to Grassland Middle School and Franklin High school, effective Fall 2016. We also recommend that students in this rezoned area be given the option to attend Grassland Middle School out of zone for the school years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Board policy will apply, requiring parents to provide transportation for students attending schools out of zone." To read more visit: http://www.williamsonherald.com/home?id=85022  


 

The discussions at rezoning meetings offer valuable insight to board members' positions on issues. For those who live in the Lipscomb / Brentwood Middle School / Brentwood High School zone, it is worthwhile to attend, and when offered the opportunity ~ voice your view!  For those of you who may not be directly affected by this particular rezoning, you are encouraged to participate in the process by speaking to or emailing the board members. Also, stay alert to what other rezoning(s) may soon follow based on the county's overall projected booming population growth.


Our View...
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




 


From Sunday, October 20th Williamson A.M.;
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20131018/WILLIAMSON/310180147/2023/WILLIAMSON

School board discusses Spring Station, Lipscomb rezoning options

FRANKLIN
 — Williamson County school board members got their first chance Thursday to ask questions and discuss proposals to redraw boundary zones for overcrowded Spring Station Middle School and Lipscomb Elementary.
The proposal would send some students from Spring Station in Spring Hill to Heritage Middle School in Thompson's Station, and students from Lipscomb in Brentwood to Walnut Grove Elementary in Grassland.
Although the school board will vote on the boundary changes at their November meeting, it is certain that they will be discussing the topic of rezoning at length with parents. Director of Schools Mike Looney said he was prepared to discuss it at community meetings set up later this month.
Rezoning is a passionate topic locally, especially those in neighborhoods that have been rezoned before, including a handful of subdivisions in Brentwood. Board members said they received a lot of emails from parents regarding the Lipscomb Elementary boundary change proposal.
Looney said that he was grateful that emails that he received were thoughtful and professional, and not hostile as was the case back in 2010 when passions ran high during a district wide rezoning that took effect in August of 2011.
Looney said that about 20 percent of the 854 students at Lipscomb Elementary where they are currently using two portable classrooms would be affected. Families south of Moore’s Lane redirected to Walnut Grove Elementary in off Hillsboro Road in Grassland.
For now those students would continue on in the Brentwood Middle, Brentwood High feeder pattern until the opening of the northeast area high school projected to open in 2016. Students would then move on to Grassland Middle and Franklin High schools, the feeder pattern for Walnut Grove.
Looney said he was concerned about Franklin High’s enrollment numbers as they are beyond capacity. If parents decide to have their children follow classmates to Grassland Middle and Franklin High, they would have that option but would have to provide transportation.
Board members quizzed Looney on the availability of sending the Lipscomb Elementary students to Kenrose or Crockett Elementary. Kenrose Elementary does not have the space and Crockett will fill up naturally with construction in that area, he said.
“I don’t make these recommendations lightly,” Looney said. “I know this is huge for families. There are two portables and we still have teachers at Lipscomb on carts.”
Students rezoned from Spring Station to Heritage Middle also would also have the option of remaining in the Heritage-Independence High School feeder, and they would have to transport themselves.
Board members suggested that the transportation options get a second look.
Contact Maria Giordano at 615-771-5425 ormgiordano@tennessean.com. Follow on Twitter.com at MariaGiordano.


 

Portables arrive at Lipscomb, raise concerns about overcrowding


 
Portables arrive at Lipscomb, raise concerns about overcrowding | Williamson County Schools,WCS,portables,Lipscomb Elementary,schools,Brentwood TN news,Brentwood Home Page,BHP

Site work has begun at Lipscomb Elementary for two portables to be used by Lipscomb fifth graders in the 2013-2014 academic year. The 1,008-square-foot units were delivered last month, principal Michelle Contich confirmed, and work recently began on installing stairs and air conditioning.  

Lipscomb’s portables, as well as those installed at other county schools for 2013-2014, are causing some concern over the continued growth of county schools.

A projected 840 students are enrolled at Lipscomb for the 2013-2014 school year, the only county elementary school over capacity. The school has grown by 100 students just since the 2011-2012 school year, when Lipscomb was at maximum capacity with 750 students.

Lipscomb’s expansion resulted in some “specials,” including guidance, to be conducted on carts last school year to free up rooms for general education. The enrollment numbers have some parents worried about space.  

“With the school, at last count, growing to over 843 students (108 percent capacity), the school common areas can no longer accommodate the students, teachers and parents," Angela Nordstrom, a parent whose daughter is a rising third grader at Lipscomb, said. "There is not enough space in the lunchroom. There is not enough space in the gym for school assemblies. The special rooms are overcrowded.

"The classrooms are growing to the maximum allowed size, and were not built for that many students. Because of the number of students, the rotation for specials – music, gym, library, art – has gone to a configuration whereby the students no longer get gym twice a week,” Nordstrom continued.

Other portables and overcrowding in Williamson County Schools:

  • For the 2013-2014 school year, Ravenwood High, Independence High, Page Middle, Trinity Elementary, Heritage Elementary and Fairview Elementary will all have portables on campus.
  • Portable needs for 2014-2015 have not been determined yet, but Golden said discussion can begin in the fall, once there is a hard count of students.
  • Centennial High, Franklin High, Ravenwood, Brentwood Middle, Spring Station Middle and Lipscomb Elementary are all projected to be over core capacity for the coming school year.

When asked about the shortage on rooms for special education and classes like guidance, WCS Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden said, “Guidance will continue to visit classrooms as needed for the 2013-2014 school year. All services for students in Special Ed are provided to students per their IEPs (Individual Education Plans).”

Asked about student/teacher ratios, Golden added, “School student/teacher ratios are based on state guidelines that differ from grade to grade, so Lipscomb’s ratio will not be significantly different from its ratio in past years or the ratio of any other WCS elementary school.”

Several newer residential developments, including Parkside II and Annandale are among the developments contributing to the overcrowding issue. Other new residential developments  zoned for Lipscomb include Tapestry in Brentwood, and Camden Commons, The Grove Apartments and Gateway Village in Franklin.

Parents like Nordstrom are asking why these developments aren’t zoned for Franklin schools, like Walnut Grove or Hunters Bend, which are both below capacity.

“Williamson County Schools provides a high quality education to its students without regard to city limit lines," Golden said. "Many factors were considered at the last rezoning in late 2010/early 2011, but city limits were not one of them.

“Growth has occurred in many areas of the county since the last rezoning decisions were made two and a half years ago, including the Lipscomb zone,” he added.

For the upcoming school year, open zoning was offered to all Lipscomb students including rising kindergarteners, providing the option to attend Edmondson or Crockett elementary schools, but only two students chose this option.

“It’s apparent that, even with the school being full to the point of needing portables, parents like Lipscomb," Golden said. "Students in Williamson County will receive a high quality education regardless of which school they attend.”

Nordstrom's son started at Lipscomb when she and her family moved to Brentwood in 2006. When she first researched the county schools, Lipscomb Elementary’s appeal was its smaller size and sense of community between parents, teachers and students, she said.

“The recent additions, including the addition of a wing two years ago and now the portables, put the school's greatest strengths in jeopardy. Suddenly the community has a ‘separate’ learning group. They are not part of the daily community of LES. The teachers are not part of the hallway community; the students are not part of the fifth grade family. They are separate,” Nordstrom said.

“With the growth in the housing areas in Brentwood and around Lipscomb Elementary, and the unlikely ability to build another elementary school in the Lipscomb/Scales/Edmondson zone, the district should consider adding a second level to the school and fully address the overcrowding long-term,” Nordstrom added.

As the county has grown over the past 30 years, Golden remarked that schools will occasionally exceed core capacity.

“It has been two and a half years since the board last voted on a rezoning, and growth has, of course, continued. Each spring, the board looks at ways to reduce the need for rezoning by opening neighboring school zones to address overcrowding through parent choice,” he said.

In the meantime, parents continue to express their frustrations over crowded schools to the school board, and city and commissions.

“The conversation about overcrowding has been ongoing for the past three years, and there has been no resolution to the problem. Facts have been presented. Solutions have been offered. Outreach has included phone calls, emails, Twitter questions and even submitting questions to the Rumor Mill,” Nordstrom said.

“The frustration for myself and everyone involved is that the only answer has been to add more students, add more teachers, add another wing and now add portables. These are Band-Aids. They are not solutions.




 





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