Controversial Vote to Affect City Traffic
Public Hearing on January 12 – Resident Comments Needed
Should Brentwood maintain the traditional one acre density
Brentwood, for the first time in history, open the doors to high
density residential development and the accompanying big increase in
If approved, high density housing will generate 2 to 3 times more traffic from new development than would have traditionally been permitted.
driving experience of residents will be directly impacted by this City
Commission vote. Our main traffic corridors are all State roads (see
list below). The State controls if and when these roads are expanded. If
the City decides to allow high density housing, then we must be
prepared to endure severe traffic problems.
At issue is Brentwood’s plan for more senior housing. City Commissioners are considering a controversial proposal to permit government controlled high density senior housing.
Alternatively, residents have suggested the City simply promote senior
friendly homes on small lots with green space in keeping with
traditional standards – no high density, no Federal Government control.
critical decision will determine the way Brentwood continues to grow,
the future character of our City and the future lifestyle of residents.
do you think? Concerned residents should attend the Public Hearing on
January 12 and express their opinion. Your voice is critical to this
senior housing options were reviewed and discussed at Preserve
Brentwood’s Resident Information Meeting in November. Over 70 residents
attended as well as Mayor Smithson and several commissioners (see list
As proposed, the government controlled high density
senior housing option would create a new senior zoning category designed
to establish government controlled senior communities.
Option I: Federal Government Controlled High Density Senior Housing
(The City Commission will soon be voting on this option.)
staff has developed a proposal that would fundamentally change
Brentwood’s zoning and character. This proposal is for a new senior
zoning category designed to establish government controlled high density
senior communities. Proposal details are:
1. Housing density between 2.4 and 3 homes per acre.
No green space required. (Current zoning requires a maximum of 1 home
per acre where homes can be on small lots with community green space or
on one acre private lots.) For example on a 50 acre tract, traditional
zoning would allow a developer to build 50 homes. This proposal would allow 120 homes on 50 acres!
2. These homes will be occupied by people of all ages.
At least 90% of homes must be occupied by at least 1 person 60 years of
age or older. This insures that there will be a number of seniors, but
also that there will be many people of all ages (over 18 yrs.). A lot of
these homes will be older individuals living with younger family and
friends. Statistics show that the average age in these “senior”
communities is “early 60’s”. Clearly many younger people would reside in
these high density developments.
3. These communities would be under the control of the Federal Government (HUD) through
the Fair Housing Act and Housing for Older Persons Act (HOPA).
Homeowners are subject to federal housing regulations, compliance
standards, federal enforcement policies and ongoing monitoring.
Homeowners can, at any time, be held liable for federal fines if the
government determines the community falls out of compliance.
4. Homes must be between 2000 sq. ft. and 3500 sq. ft.
5. Homes can be detached or townhomes sharing a common wall (row houses).
6. Projected price range of homes: $500,000 - $875,000
7. Homes must have:
grab bars in the bathrooms, all doors at least 36 inches wide, at least
one bedroom and full bathroom on first floor and step- free access to
the main living area from the front door and/or garage entrance.
8. Would require twice the sewer service from Brentwood’s limited system.
9. Residents would relinquish control of many established technical zoning standards. City Commissioners would be given special new authority to negotiate these standards with each developer as they see fit.
Notably, very few senior residents in attendance at the Preserve Brentwood meeting supported Option I above.
Option II: Senior Friendly Homes Built Under Current Zoning Standards
(This option has been recommended by some residents)
have recommended that, moving forward, the City simply require
developers build a minimum number of senior friendly homes as part of
every new subdivision. This option would feature the following:
1. Senior friendly homes built on small lots with sufficient green space to retain Brentwood’s one home per acre density. This approach would utilize the City’s current zoning and technical standards.
2. The required features of senior friendly homes would be determined by the City Commission with resident input.
3. New subdivisions would be required to include a fixed percentage of senior friendly homes.
This requirement would be structured such that Brentwood would be
assured a growing supply of senior friendly housing and developers would
make a reasonable profit.
4. The Federal Government would not be involved. Homeowners could not be held liable for the Federal fines that are possible with Option I (see above Option I, #3).
would we decide to double or triple traffic from new development?
Shouldn’t we be working to manage the growth of our traffic?
- Why would we decide to involve the Federal Government when we have good alternatives such as presented in Option II?
- Why would we decide to double our need for sewer and water service from this new development when our resources are so limited?
State Roads Serving As Main Corridors in Brentwood – the State determines if and when these roads will be expanded. Brentwood does not control these roads! The City’s ability to expand the road system is very limited.
- Concord Road
- Franklin Road
- Moores Lane
- Old Hickory Blvd.
- Wilson Pike
Commissioners Attending the Preserve Brentwood Meeting
- Regina Smithson, Mayor
- Mark Gorman, City Commissioner
- Ken Travis, City Commissioner
- Jack Fletcher, Planning Commissioner
- John Magyer, Planning Commissioner
- Jack Moriarty, Planning Commissioner
Please mark your calendars:
Public Hearing - 7:00pm, January 12, 2016 at City Hall (2nd Floor), Maryland Way
PLEASE JOIN PRESERVE BRENTWOOD IN STAYING INFORMED AND INVOLVED!
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.