Nolensville Planning Commission

Regular Meeting

August 12, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Board Members Present:       Jimmy Alexander, Andy Grosson, Bob Haines, Matt Happel, Beth Lothers, Douglas Radley, Frank Wilson

Board Members Absent:        Rick Owens, Willis Wells

Staff Present:                      Tom Allen, Henry Laird, Cathi Little, Bob Notestine

Citizens Present:                  14


The meeting was called to order at 7:04 by Matt Happel, Planning Commission Secretary. 


The pledge of allegiance was led by Commissioner Happel.


Commissioner Bob Haines made a motion to approve the minutes from the July 8, 2008 Planning Commission meeting, Commissioner Frank Wilson seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved unanimously.




Linda Moses, 2230 Rocky Springs Road.  Ms. Moses expressed her desire to see the historic district restored and the new town hall to be in that area, such as the McCord house or some other historic structure.  She stated that she did not like the idea of the town hall being in a strip mall.  Ms. Moses asked the Mayor to reconsider and appoint another committee to look at other locations for a new town hall. 

Tommy Dugger, 2260 Rolling Hills – announced that there will be a public hearing held on Monday, August 25, 2008, for the special assessment sewer district.

Mayor Lothers stated that there are a lot of steps that have to happen before the resolution is ready.  They will do their best to have it ready by then, but if that isn’t possible, one recommendation was to have the public hearing at the next BOMA meeting, then call a special meeting 2 weeks later to hear the resolution.

Bob Notestine said that it is ambitious to try and get everything done by August 25th.  He noted that there is a lot of material that must be attached to the resolution, such as preliminary cost estimates for the sewer system, an engineer has to sign off on it, a map has to be prepared of the district, and all the parcels, owners and addresses have to be identified.

Mrs. Bennett asked if it would help to have more property owners’ signatures on the petition.  She knows of several that do not live in the area.

Bob Notestine said that only 51% of the owners of the value in the district are required, but the more there are, the stronger the mandate would be.

Commissioner Jimmy Alexander said that he will get a copy of the petition from Town Hall to Mrs. Bennett.


Zoning Ordinance Amendment:

1.    Proposed amendment to revise standards for window signs.

Amendment creates a new section under Appendix A Sign Regulations, that sets maximum area allowed for window signage.

Henry Laird reviewed the proposed amendment to Appendix A, Sign Regulations that is based on input from staff and the design review committee.  This amendment is to make the regulations clearer regarding the amount of coverage of windows and doors for permanent signs and temporary signs; to allow window signage without permits; require master signage for multi-tenant buildings; monument signs, etc.

There was some discussion as to the Town’s ability to enforce requiring the Town’s regulations included in leasing agreements.

Commissioner Wilson made a motion to amend Appendix A, as recommended by staff, excluding section 6, Commissioner Alexander seconded, the motion passed unanimously.

2.    Discussion of alternatives for amending zoning ordinance, floodplain regulations, and storm water ordinance to affect a change for appeals to the Storm Water Appeals Board.

Tom Allen discussed what Williamson County, Franklin and Brentwood’s floodplain regulations and appeals processes are and what the National Flood Insurance Program says about floodplain regulations and ordinances.  He further discussed the alternatives that the Town has regarding floodplain appeals, regulations and ordinances.

Mr. Allen offered 3 options:

1.    Amend zoning ordinance to allow appeal of floodplain and floodway requirements to Storm Water Appeals Board

2.    Pull floodplain and floodway requirements out of zoning ordinance and put in Storm Water Ordinance

3.    Pull floodplain and floodway requirements out of zoning ordinance and put in stand alone floodplain ordinance

After some discussion, it was agreed that option 3, a stand alone floodplain ordinance, was the best option.  Mr. Allen will prepare a draft of a stand alone floodplain ordinance for the board to review.


3.    Report from last BOMA meeting, Mayor


Mayor Lothers reported that at the last BOMA meeting there was a Public hearing on ordinance 08-08, an ordinance to amend Zoning Ordinance #04-09, pertaining to buffering and tree planting in Appendix B.


4.    Monthly Bond Report

             Bond Report

                 i.          Benington Phase 2 performance bond extension

                ii.          Benington Phase 3 performance bond extension

               iii.          Bent Creek  PUD Phase 2, Section 3, performance bond extension

              iv.          Ballenger Farms Phase 3, Section 1, performance bond extension

Commissioner Alexander made a motion to accept the bond report and approve the requested extensions.  Commissioner Haines seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.




The meeting was adjourned at 7:51 p.m.


Matt Happel

Planning Commission Secretary