Brick Church Lane Planning Hearing 11/9 3:30PM @ Howard Office Bldg

Dear Supporters of,

Please send an email opposing item #6 on the agenda – 2017S-266-001 to by Wednesday 11/8 at 5PM.

Then, plan on attending the Planning Commission hearing at the Howard Building on Thursday 11/9 @ 3:30PM. Link to Map Here.

A developer has proposed a cluster lot subdivision of 200 house on Brick Church Lane near Trail Hollow Rd. This is a very rural area with only about 20 homes, so there is not a large population of neighbors to draw upon for help. Please stand in solidarity with us against this proposal.

We oppose this development as proposed because of the following issues:

  • Proposed development is incompatible with the rural character of the community.
  • The neighborhood unanimously opposes this development.
  • The homes and farms on Brick Church Lane average 16 acres per unit. This cluster lot development is 64 times more dense at 4.35 units per acre (versus acres per unit).
  • The proposal exploits the cluster lot process to gain greater density while offering none of the expected open space gains. Much of the proposed open space is undevelopable or unusable (steeply sloped or beneath TVA lines).
  • Nearly all of the lot is dense forest and likely includes rare and fragile Cedar Glade ecosystems – counter to the Mayor’s efforts to preserve what remains of Nashville’s tree canopy.
  • The area is currently T3NE policy, intended for suburban areas seeking higher density, but no suburban context exists: the site is on a curving and hilly rural lane, with no direct access to a transit corridor, landlocked by interstate 24 and Briley Parkway, largely surrounded by T2 Rural, within an established rural pattern.
  • There are nearly 800 additional homes already approved or proposed within a 1.5 mile radius of this site – most in the General Services district with little infrastructure to support such drastic growth.
  • The new roads proposed have limited visibility and are blocked by a blind curve to the west and a hill to the east and do not align with the existing street at Trail Hollow.

PLEASE use your authority as the Planning Commission to disapprove agenda item #6 – Brick Church Lane (2017S-226-001).

When you arrive at the hearing:
– Wear a bright blue/turquoise shirt
– Sign in on the forms at the desk outside the auditorium for those wishing to speak (even if you are not going to speak) and mark that you are OPPOSED to item 2017S-226-001
– Be brief and avoid repeating your neighbors
– Each person is allowed 2 minutes to speak
– Do not speak negatively of staff, commissioners, or councilpersons

Some commission members ave recently joined the Planning Commission and may not be familiar with rural Brick Church Lane/Whites Creek.

Here is a lovely aerial video of the Brick Church Lane neighborhood to help demonstrate our rural neighborhood.

Encourage the commission that they have the authority to DISAPPROVE proposals which lack the support of the community regardless of staff recommendation or any claims of entitlement by the developer. The Commission bears the responsibility to DISAPPROVE proposals that do not meet the policy and subdivision regulations. And it is the purpose of the Planning Commission to DISAPPROVE incompatible, inconsistent proposals (like this one).

As always, thank you for your support. Please reach out if you have any questions about this request.

Elise Hudson, Admin