Nolensville Planning Commission

Regular Meeting

July 13, 2010, 7:00 p.m.


 Board Members Present:   Jimmy Alexander, Andy Grosson, Bob Haines, Beth Lothers, Rick Owens, Douglas Radley and Jimmy Reaves

Staff Present:   Attorney Bob Notestine, Henry Laird, Don Swartz, Cathi Little and John Strasser

Citizens Present:                14


The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Chairman Rick Owens. 


The pledge of allegiance was led by Chairman Rick Owens.


Commissioner Bob Haines made a motion to approve the minutes from June 8, 2010, Planning Commission Meeting.  Commissioner Andy Grosson seconded the motion.  The minutes were approved unanimously.


On August 12, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. the Metro Planning Commission will hold a meeting regarding zoning for the proposed Shops at Burkitt Place.


Larry Gardner, 2536 York Rd., asked that the commissioners not place too many restrictions on businesses regarding outside sales.

Lynda Moses, 2230 Rock Springs Rd., asked the commissioners to keep in mind that many merchants need to have items outside to help bring in customers.


1.     Nolensville Retail Partners (Dollar General)/Final Plat (Lots 1-2)

Chairman Owens made a motion to approve the final plat of the Nolensville Retail Partners (Dollar General)/Final Plat (Lots 1-2).  Commissioner Bob Haines seconded the motion.

Mayor Lothers made a motion to amend the previous motion for approval to include the conditions that the addresses must be shown on the plat, and a performance bond in the amount of $96,200 must be in place.  Chairman Owens seconded the amendment, which passed unanimously.

Upon a vote being taken, the motion for approval of the final plat, as amended, passed unanimously.

Attorney Bob Notestine joined the meeting at 7:23 p.m.

2.     Sign regulation amendments (continued)

Color Standards:  Proposed changes to the color standards were discussed.

Illumination:  Proposed changes to Illuminated Signs were discussed.  A poll was taken of the Commissioner’s vote on allowing changeable signs for private/commercial use, as proposed.  Andy Grosson, Jimmy Reaves, Rick Owens and Bob Haines all voted to allow them, as proposed.  Jimmy Alexander and Doug Radley voted against allowing them.  Mayor Lothers wanted to think about it, and would give her opinion at the BOMA meeting.

Awning Signs:  There was some discussion regarding allowing awning/canopy signs.  Mayor Lothers would like to have the Design Review Committee’s input on this issue.

Exempt Signs:  The proposed changes to this section were to allow small A-frame signs and political signs should no longer require permits, they should be allowed outright.

Prohibited Signs:  The proposed changes to the prohibited signs section include internally lit signs except as permitted under Article 1.7.3; change signs painted on the façade of a building except where authorized by the HZC; add search lights and beacons, signs on natural features such as trees and rocks, trailer signs except for temporary signs, trash receptacle signs, windblown devices, and spinner signs.

Definitions:  The proposed change to the Definitions section was to add a definition of what automatic changeable copy signs are.

Renumbering of Articles:  The proposed changes were to correct prior numbering and create a new section 1.7.0 for Design and Construction Standards.

Mayor Lothers made a motion to recommend the sign regulation changes as prepared by the Town Planner, with the exception of changing Page A-12 f. changeable copy signs to read “service stations, religious institutions, and public uses.”  Chairman Rick Owens seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

3.     Outside sales restrictions amendments (continued)

After some discussion, Commissioner Bob Haines made a motion to table this amendment until the need arises in the future; Commissioner Jimmy Alexander seconded.  The motion was passed unanimously.


4.     Report from last BOMA meeting.

       There were no Planning Commission related items heard at the last BOMA meeting.


5.     Bond Actions:

       A.    1.     Catalina

Chairman Rick Owens made a motion to extend the performance bond for one year, with a 10% increase in the bond amount to $106,700.  Commissioner Bob Haines seconded the motion, which passes unanimously.

              2.     Bent Creek Ph2, Sec3

Chairman Rick Owens made a motion to move the bond from performance to maintenance, and to reduce the bond amount to $36,000, with Commissioner Andy Grosson seconding.  The motion passed unanimously.

  1. Amended Bond Report

Chairman Rick Owens made a motion to approve the bond report, as amended.  Bob Haines seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.


Mayor Lothers stated that the Town and staff work very hard to be business friendly and that she personally looks into any complaints. 


The meeting was adjourned at 8:56 p.m.




Robert D. Haines                                            Date

Planning Commission Secretary