Nolensville Historic Zoning Commission
April 26, 2007
Members in attendance were Wanda Barker, Pat Aldred, Kirk Duclos, Brant Brandon, Ken Thomas, and Bob Crigger. Staff members present were Henry Laird, Robert J. Notestine, and Gina Lawrence. Two applicants and sixteen citizens were in attendance.
Agenda Item I-Meeting Called to Order
The meeting was called to order by Wanda Barker at 6:35 P. M.
Agenda Item II-Pledge of Allegiance
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Wanda Barker.
Wanda Barker requested citizen comments.
Linda Moses inquired about whether or not Mr. McCord had considered keeping the McCord home in its current location and developing the surrounding structures around the McCord home. Mr. McCord responded that there was such a narrow path in that area that is viable for development that we can not afford to spare any part of thee property.
Gwen Miller stated that if the community was going to be considered a village then the home place structure needs to be the center of that village. She stated that she thought that it would be possible for the community to raise the money to purchase the land and the structure from Mr. McCord. Linda Moses stated that the land surrounding the structure had history too. Reverend Alfred Bennett asked if anyone had considered moving the McCord home up to the area know as Newt’s Garden. He stated that he believed that the location would be a wonderful location for the home.
Kerry Ozburn pointed out that the community should be grateful for the gracious offer that has been made to it.
Wanda Barker explained that Mr. McCanless and Mr. McCord had delivered a letter to Mayor Lothers offering to donate the original structure as well as a piece of the property on which to locate the structure to a 501 (c) 3 recognized non profit organization.
Bob Crigger asked if it had been determined that the structure can be moved. Mr. McCord responded that it had not been determined yet.
Parman Henry asked what the access to the relocation site would be. Wanda Barker responded that access to the site was also included in the letter submitted to Mayor Lothers.
Linda Moses remarked that the portion of the property to be donated is located in an area that regularly floods. Kirk Duclos stated that the current location of the home also floods. There was discussion about how the structure would need to be sited on the donated property
Agenda Item III-Approval of Minutes
Pat Aldred moved to approve the minutes from March 29, 2007. Kirk Duclos seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Agenda Item IV-Citizen Comments
There were no additional citizen comments.
Agenda Item VI-New Business
7605 Nolensville Road-Installation of archway at entrance of cemetery
Billy Ozburn state that he wanted to install an archway across the entrance to the Cemetery located at Nolensville Road and New Clovercroft. Mr. Ozburn stated that he wished to erect the archway in honor of his father who donated the property for the Cemetery. Pat Aldred commented that for over ten years there has been a desire to have the Cemetery marked. Kirk Duclos inquired if there would be just one archway. Mr. Ozburn responded that one archway was all that he was requesting at this time.
Kirk Duclos moved to approve the application. Pat Aldred seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
7263 Nolensville Road-Relocation of single-family dwelling
Pat Aldred stated that the Commission understood that there were problems with the McCanless – McCord project. She questioned whether a project for the property in question had been approved. Henry Laird stated that there was no formal application before the Planning Commission. Mr. Laird noted that there were several hurdles to be overcome before a project could be developed. He indicated that one item that the Planning Commission would like to have is the input of the Historic Zoning Commission regarding the existing structure.
Brian Truman asked Mr. McCord what the timeline going forward on the proposal was looking like. Mr. McCord replied that there were many variables at play which impact the timeline of the future proposal. Mr. McCord noted that once the 501 (c) 3 is approved the structure can be moved to the new location. Mr. Truman stated that it was commendable and generous of Mr. McCord to be willing to donate the land and the structure to the Town.
Parman Henry asked if the drywall could be taken from the wall to inspect the condition of the historical logs in the walls of the structure to determine if it is in any condition to be moved. Varied discussion took place regarding the movement and future placement of the structure.
Wanda Barker clarified that the matter being considered by the Commission was the application to move or demolish the McCord home. Bob Crigger asked if the letter submitted to Mayor Lothers referred to moving only the orginal log walls or the entire home. Wanda Barker stated that would have to be determined by the movers and what state they find the structure to be in. Bob Notestine recommended that a motion to approve should include the condition that the move or demolition be performed in the spirit of the letter to Mayor Lothers.
Pat Aldred moved to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness with the understanding that the house will be relocated and not demolished in order to keep the house and cabin intact and with the understanding that if the proposed relocation property is not rezoned then the 501 (c) 3 will be allowed to move the structure. Kirk Duclos seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Agenda Item VII-Old Business
Wanda Barker stated that the Mayor had brought to her attention that the stone fence that runs through Town may be disturbed with the introduction of the sewer. Mayor Lothers wondered if the Historical Zoning Commission might be able to institute protection for the walls. Pat Aldred stated that she believed that the Commission had taken care of protecting the wall years ago. Bob Notestine noted that the Board of
Mayor and Aldermen can pass an ordinance that historical structures may not be disturbed.
Henry Laird stated that he would like to recommend to the Planning Commission that the Historic District Overlay boundary be moved back to New Clovercroft Road. He stated that the Village area to the South of New Clovercroft would still be zoned Village but would no longer have the Historic District Overlay under this proposal. Mr. Laird stated that he would also be recommending that the Cemetery be added to the Historic District Overlay. He noted that the Cemetery is currently zoned Public Institutional and that he would like to recommend adding the Historic Overlay. Mr. Laird asked the Commission to grant its approval of this recommendation to the Planning Commission. Pat Aldred moved to recommend to the Planning Commission that the Historic District Overlay be revised as proposed by Henry Laird. Brian Truman seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Agenda Item VIII-Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p. m.