Historic Zoning Commission Regular Meeting June 30, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Commissioners Present: Wanda Barker, Brant Brandon, Tommy Dugger, Betty Friedlander, Joshua Hughes
Commissioners Absent: 0
Staff Members Present: Planner Henry Laird, Attorney Bob Notestine
Citizens Present: 24
1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Joshua Hughes.
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chairman Hughes.
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Commissioner Brant Brandon made a motion to approve the minutes from the May 26, 2016 meeting, seconded by Commissioner Betty Friedlander. Commissioner Dugger recused himself. The motion passed 4 - 0.
4. CITIZEN COMMENTS
Mr. Tom Stearns of 7331 Nolensville Road handed out a letter to the Commission and read it to the members. He and his wife are concerned about the demolition item on the agenda. They feel commercialization of the Historic District will “destroy the village flavor.”
Ms. Lynda Moses of 2230 Rocky Springs Road said she does not want the homes demolished at 7332, 7336 and 7340 Nolensville Road. She suggested that at least the bricks could be removed and donated.
5. NEW BUSINESS
A) Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition of houses at 7332, 7336 and 7340 Nolensville Road
Planner Henry Laird gave an introduction of the proposal. The three buildings are single-family homes. The architecture is not historically significant. The demolition is separate from the mixed use development project on the agenda.
Mr. Joe Epps of Anderson, Delk, Epps represented the applicant. The developer purchased the three homes with a plan to revitalize the Historic District and would be willing to donate the bricks to whomever would like to take them.
After a lengthy discussion about the procedure, Commissioner Brandon made a motion to approve the demolition of houses at 7332, 7336 and 7340 Nolensville Road, seconded by Commissioner Friedlander. The motion passed unanimously, and the Certificate of Appropriateness was approved.
B) Certificate of Appropriateness for construction of new businesses
Mr. Epps introduced the project saying the applicant would like the Commission’s feedback on the style of the businesses.
Mr. Brad Northcutt is the architect on the project. There was a lengthy discussion about setbacks, breaking the plan up into more individual building design, complementing the style of buildings surrounding the development, window type, possibility of adding front porches, and incorporating different materials to “soften” the look. The building height was also discussed, and procedures were reviewed.
Mr. Epps requested a deferral on item B and stated that the applicant would seek a variance from the BZA on the building size and prepare a site plan for the Planning Commission. The applicant will seek a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Zoning Commission at the suitable time. Chairman Hughes made a motion to accept the request for a deferral, seconded by Commissioner Dugger. The motion passed unanimously.
6. OLD BUSINESS
Planner Henry Laird announced that he would be retiring, and this would be his last Historic Zoning Commission meeting.
Chairman Hughes made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Wanda Barker. The meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.