Important Public Hearing on City’s Overlay Districts

I received this notice from the city planner recently and feel it’s VERY IMPORTANT for citizens to attend this public hearing.  Scheduled on Tuesday, April 6th at 6:30 p.m., the hearing will be at City Hall located at 5093 Murfreesboro Road in LaVergne.

City Planner Grant Green said,

Single family homes and anything that has already been approved are not included – they will still have the current requirements. These districts are up for 2nd and final reading on April 6th. The first reading passed unanimously.

This is something we really want the public and property owners to be aware of, as it will affect any new construction or major additions done within these areas. Brick, stone, or stucco will required for a majority of the building exteriors, and underground utilities and decorative streetlights will be required. We are running a public notice on Channel 3, and several of us in our building have put in a lot of time sending out public notices to approximately 400 commercial and industrial property owners, as well as property along main routes.

Here is the public notice.

The City of La Vergne will be holding a Public Hearing regarding two proposed ordinances to create overlay districts. The WaldronMurfreesboro Road Streetscape District is proposed to cover the parcels along and near Waldron and Murfreesboro Roads. Properties having commercial and industrial uses and zoning will have increased design standards when 1) a new structure is built (excluding accessory structures); or 2) there is a 50% or greater addition to an existing structure (e.g. adding 10,000 square feet to an existing 20,000 square foot building).

The South Waldron Overlay District is proposed to cover the majority of the parcels south of I-24. This district has all the same requirements. Multi-family residential (condos, townhomes, apartments, etc.) will also be required to follow these increased standards for development. Single family residential structures are excluded.

Within these overlay districts, new development or the stated major additions will be required to have exteriors comprised of 75% brick, stone, andor stucco. In addition, decorative streetlights and underground utilities must be installed.

For commercial developments that include approved pedestrian malls and public squares, a road impact fee credit of up to 75% may be requested. This is intended to act as an incentive to encourage pedestrian-friendly commercial growth that lessens the impact on local traffic.

The meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne, Tennessee, on Tuesday, April 6th. The public hearing will begin at approximately
6:30 p.m.

This notice is being sent to you as a property owner within one of the two districts to include you in the planning process. Although you are not required to attend, this meeting and the public hearing are the public’s opportunity to voice their opinion regarding this rezoning request. Any concerns or questions regarding the proposed ordinances should be emailed to in order to be added to the public record.

Underground utilities are a HUGE benefit to neighborhoods, just as brick and stone exteriors would be.  There have been concerns about the use of stucco in the past – usually because of bad installation – but when done correctly it’s one of the oldest ways to cover a dwelling (think the pyramids and structures in South and Central America).

I (hopefully) have attached the PDF files of the overlay here.  You should be able to click the links to open and save to review on your own computer.

Murfreesboro-Waldron Road Streetscape District

South Waldron Overlay District

Try to come to the meeting if you can.  It’s a very big deal!!

10 comments for “Important Public Hearing on City’s Overlay Districts

  1. michaelinLV
    March 25, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I tihnk this is a step in the right direction, but it sounds to me like the city wants to encourage more commercial and high-density developement (apartments/townhomes/duplexes) and discourage single family homes? Why would you not apply these design standards to ALL new structures, including mobile homes? (I don't know if you can brick a mobile home)

  2. Jennifer
    March 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Good question about the mobile home, don't we have enough single family homes? Please don't take the wrong way. I would love to see more single family homes that can sell over 150,000. I think if the new contruction looks nice then it'll bring in those kind of houses. All and all, I think this great idea!! I'm so excited that they are seeing interest in what the city looks like.

  3. Doug
    March 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I'm glad that the Mayor and Board are looking at this. This will keep a lot of ugly buildings from being built. It looks like it will actually discourage high density and cheap looking growth with the extra stuff they have to do. It says single family homes are not affected.

  4. Cee Dee
    March 26, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Unfortunately, it's too little too late for certain areas! I'm appalled by the Mayor's recent statement regarding the low tax assessments in La Vergne — he supposedly doesn't un stand why the homes in La Vergne have decreased in value particularly in LFE. I could give him a reason for it in one word — or name! If the PC or Codes Dept. had made builders abide by the codes and restrictions already on the books, it would have been a different story in these areas. In my opinion too many looked the other way — for WHATEVER reason. With the areas left for construction, hopefully if passed AND ENFORCED, these restrictions will at least make some of our city look much more appealing. We can certainly use a facelift!

  5. Carton Lee
    March 26, 2010 at 10:08 am

    You are correct. The land between Hollandale Rd. and Jones Mill Rd. will become a blighted area if we do not stay on top of this. Our county Commisioner said he would "save our woods". REALLY!!!!

  6. Gunner M.
    March 26, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Sorry but what the heck does "will be required to have exteriors comprised of 75% brick, stone, andor stucco" have to do with having a good town. I personally feel that while the Frank Llloyd Wright view of organic construction and material would work good with that, the nature of having full front glass exteriors is in itself lovely and would be outlawed by such silly restirctions.a showroom with a large glass front would be forced to make smaller its windows just to make the percentage of 'allowed' material up to code. How idiotic is that?

    Of course this will pass, but it only means that blindly passing laws is movement, and not movement forward.

  7. michaelinLV
    March 28, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    While I'm not sure what can be done about the past, I can say that going forward these proposals sound better than nothing.

    For a city called "The Green," There is a definite lack of green trees in this cities subdivisions. Perhaps that's something that could be addressed on the single-family-home front. Instead of allowing developers to come in and bull doze every tree, maybe they could actually keep a few?? Or at least require the devlopers to plant more than 2 crappy bradford pear trees…

    • Ivy
      March 30, 2010 at 7:01 am

      How about outlawing Bradford pears altogether? (she says, sneezily.)

      • michaelinLV
        March 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

        I have several "autumn blaze" maple trees on my property and I think they are fantastic trees. They don't grow quite s fast as bradford pears (although theyre close) and they cost little bit more (maybe $5) but well worth the investment.

      • March 30, 2010 at 10:53 am

        We cut our bradford pears as soon as we moved in to our house. Hate them both for their smell and because they tend to randomly break into three. We replaced them with some red maples that were just gorgeous… I think they must be the autumn blaze that michaelinLV speaks of.

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