Nolensville Planning Commission

Regular Meeting

January 8, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Board Members Present:  Jimmy Alexander, Andy Grosson, Robert Haines, Rick Owens, Jimmy Reaves, Brian Snyder 

Board Members Absent:   Chris Kelly, Douglas Radley 

Staff Present:    Henry Laird, Attorney Bob Notestine, Kali Mogul, Rick Fisher 

Citizens Present:       28

1.  CALL MEETING TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by Chairman Rick Owens.

2.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Chairman Owens led the pledge of allegiance.

3.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A.  Chairman Owens made a motion to approve the minutes from the Public Hearing on December 11, 2012.  Commissioner Jimmy Reaves seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. 

B.  Chairman Owens made a motion to approve the minutes from the regular Planning Commission Meeting on December 11, 2012.  Commissioner Andrew Grosson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

4. ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mayor Alexander welcomed Vice Mayor Brian Snyder as a new Planning Commissioner and BOMA liaison.  Alexander also mentioned that on January 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a public workshop at Town Hall to discuss the future of package liquor retail stores in Nolensville, including locations.  Prior to the public workshop on January 17, 2013, there will be a meeting of the Beer Board at 6:30 p.m. to consider a beer permit for McDougal’s Chicken.

5. ELECTION OF PLANNING COMMISION OFFICERS FOR 2013

Chairman Owens made a motion nominating Commissioner Doug Radley as Vice Chairman.  Mayor Alexander seconded the nomination and was passed unanimously.  Chairman Owens nominated Robert Haines as Secretary.  Commissioner Reaves seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.  Mayor Alexander nominated Rick Owens to continue as Chairman for 2013.  Commissioner Haines seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

5.  CITIZEN COMMENTS

Ms. Wanda Barker of 7372 Nolensville Road said she would like to publicly thank Tom and Russell Moon for selling their land to the Williamson County School System. 

Ms. Barker also reminded the Commission, in regards to New Business item 7C, there are several parcels of property in the South Nolensville area that will not perk.  The owners of these properties are frustrated because they can not build homes on the land they’ve owned for 37 years.  Please keep this in mind when considering the Land Use Policy Plan Text Amendment in New Business item 7C.

6.  NEW BUSINESS

A.    Bent Creek Development Proposed New Entrance Signs

Commissioner Reaves recused himself from this item because he is a homeowner in Bent Creek and also on the Board of Directors for the Bent Creek Homeowner’s Association.  After recusing himself, Reaves stepped down from the dais. 

Town Planner Henry Laird stated that the staff had reviewed the plans and they do meet the Town standards for approval.  Chairman Owens made a motion to approve the Bent Creek Development New Entrance Signs.  Commissioner Grosson seconded the motion.  Commissioner Snyder clarified that he is a Bent Creek resident but is not on the Board of Directors.  The motion for approval passed unanimously.

B. Public Hearing: Land Use Policy Plan Text Amendment

Town Planner Henry Laird introduced the item, saying that applicants Mr. Tom Moon and Ms. Wanda Barker have requested a change to the Land Use Policy Plan text, specifically in the residential portion Section A, Item # 9, which restricts residential Planned Unit Developments from South of Mill Creek to Williams and York Road.  This restriction has been in place since the adoption of the Land Use Policy Plan in 2005.

Mr. Moon stated that his goal is to be allowed the opportunity to work with the staff on a design for a PUD within the area restricted by the Land Use Policy Plan.  He said that he understands that the density would be restricted to 1.8 units per acre with 30 percent open space.  The area in question is uniquely situated by the new school planned by Williamson County, and the County has granted an easement for a walking trail to connect to the Silver Stream community.

Joe Curtsinger of 7380 Nolensville Road reminded the Commission that a change to the Land Use Policy Plan text is a major consideration.  He said that he lives in the affected area but did not receive a written notice of the public hearing and requested a deferral.

The Mayor asked whether there was adequate notice of the public hearing.  Henry Laird said that the public hearing was advertised in the newspaper, on the Town website and in front of the Town Hall.  Staff also sent written notices to approximately 25 residents in the area.  Signs are not required to be posted. 

Mr. Charles Lawson of 2531 York Road stated that he did receive a letter.

Mr. Frank Wilson 7345 Nolensville Road asked what the zoning was for the area.  Laird responded that it is currently zoned SR.

Alderman Beth Lothers of 304 Walpole Court clarified that Planned Unit Development are now required to be at the same density as a standard subdivision with half-acre lots.  PUDs of today are different from PUDs of the past.

Mayor Alexander said he was concerned about the question of proper notification of affected residents.  Chairman Owens agreed and said the item could be deferred so that all residents would have time to be properly notified.  Commissioner Snyder and Commissioner Reaves agreed.

Chairman Owens then closed the public hearing and made a motion to defer the text amendment change for one month, seconded by Commissioner Snyder.  The motion passed unanimously.

Laird asked whether another public hearing would need to be held.  Attorney Bob Notestine said the public hearing had been properly conducted and closed.  Another public hearing is not required.

C.  Land Use Policy Plan Text Amendment

This item was deferred.

7.  OLD BUSINESS 

A. Report from last BOMA meeting 

Henry Laird reported that BOMA heard the first reading of Ordinance 13 – 01 for the request to amend Bent Creek Master Plan to allow Active Adult Housing.  The Ordinance passed the first reading.  A public hearing and the second reading will be held in February. 

8.  BONDS 

A.  Bond Report

Chairman Owens made a motion to approve the bond report as presented.  Commissioner Haines seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously. 

9.  OTHER

Mayor Alexander announced that there will be a discussion of the Fire Safety Committee Study at the next meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

10.  ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:41 p.m.