As 2020 continues to grind ahead, I’m pleased to see some more “normal” business coming in front of our Brentwood City Commission.
For the first time since my election to our commission, we have a request to annex land and review the way the land is zoned. I’m going to take this opportunity to share information I have on the request as well as my initial impression. As always, I appreciate your feedback, and welcome information you would like to add to the conversation. My dad has long said “the biggest room in the world is room for improvement”, and I strive to learn as much as I can to successfully perform my work.
Before diving into that specific topic, I’ll also share some information on other things I see going on with our City of Brentwood, TN.
As always, your perspective and comments are very important to me, and I want to encourage you to contact me at either Nelson.Andrews@BrentwoodTN.gov if it’s not “on fire” and 615-917-1384 (voice or text) if it is.
Wikle Road Waterline Project Underway
- This is part of the Master Plan for the Brentwood Water Services Department which includes recommended projects for meeting system capacity expectations through buildout of the system’s service area. This project will increase the existing eight-inch water line between Franklin Road and Mallory Park to a 12-inch ductile iron pipeline.
- The planned route of the water line will be along Wikle Road beginning at Franklin Road, continue eastbound past Wikle Park, then south and connecting to an existing 12-inch water line at the northern end of Mallory Park Drive.
- The section between Mallory Park Drive and the CSX Railroad tracks at Wikle Rd. will be completed first. Crews will then move to the west side of the CSX Railroad tracks toward Franklin Road.
- Construction should be completed by the summer of 2021.
- For more information on this, check out the full story on our city webpage.
Kick off the Holiday Season with the Salvation Army “Gathering of Angels”
- Gathering of Angels is the annual kickoff for the Salvation Army “Angel Tree” program. I’ve attended the in-person version for years, but in the year of COVID-19, the program has had to move online. This creates a huge fundraising challenge and risk for the program.
- This year, I’m ringing the bell next to a virtual kettle.
- As you would expect, nothing has happened in 2020 to make the work of the Salvation Army less important or to reduce the cost of delivering their services to the community.
- You can join me to support The Salvation Army by joining my “virtual table” on November 5th from 10:00am to 10:30am for the A Gathering of Angels 2020 at www.gatheringofangels.org.
- To get a feel for the work Salvation Army does, they have posted videos here and here from people whose life has changed through living and learning at The Salvation Army.
- If you are like me and enjoy detail, the local Salvation Army has:
- provided over 48,000 meals
- given direct financial assistance to 428 families in need
- touched 31,013 people with emotional & spiritual care
- You can find their history and a lot more at SalvationArmyNashville.org.
- If you can’t log in for the virtual event itself, you can go online, join our group, and give assistance at any time. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army goes directly to finding initiatives, no contribution is too small, and I appreciate you taking the time to read this far, if nothing else. Thank you very much.
- Local restaurants are under a tremendous amount of stress this year, and your City Commission is looking for ways consistent with Brentwood values to try to help..
- During our October 12th meeting of the City Commission, we voted to approve a policy to allow temporary limited outdoor seating on sidewalk areas in front of restaurants.
- Seating areas will be reviewed by Brentwood Planning and Codes to ensure compliance with the applicable Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and for safety.
- You can find more detail on our City of Brentwood Home Page.
- Metro Nashville is continuing to look at transportation, and is currently proposing a $1.6 billion Metro Transportation Plan. You can find more information on the Transportation, infrastructure and sustainability page on the Nashville Mayor’s Office website.
- Home Starts continue to slow in Brentwood:
- Brentwood is running Fall Cleanup and Drug “take back” event.
- Our Fall City Update has been released, and you can read the full publication online. If you have any feedback or comments, please let me know.
While we are actively moving towards in-person meetings, Brentwood is still working to minimize opportunities for the transmittal of COVID-19. The City of Brentwood is continuing to follow the guidance set by the health department at Williamson County and the State of Tennessee.
- The City of Brentwood TN homepage will have updates.
- We are posting updates on status and format of meetings on our public calendar.
- Fall Cleanup at the Brentwood Safety Center East at 1300 Sunset Road is on October 31 from 8am to 4PM.
- Fall Cleanup at Granny White Park is on November 7 from 8am to 4PM.
- Morning with Santa in a very 2020-friendly, COVID-19-aware format, and neighborhood luminaries are on December 5th this year. The backup date for neighborhood luminaries is December 6th.
- Christmas Tree Lighting at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library – December 7 from 5:30-6:30.
This Month’s Focus: Proposed Annexation and Rezoning of land at the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Sunset and Split Log Roads known as “The Gaw Property”
- The “Gaw Property” is located at 9828 Split Log Road, which is on the south side of Sunset Road, west of the Split Log Road intersection and across from the Copperstone and Brookfield subdivision.
- The total site is 175 acres and includes just over 134 acres in unincorporated Williamson County plus approximately 41 acres that are already part of the City of Brentwood.
- The portion of the property being considered for annexation is currently zoned Municipal Growth Area 1 (MGA-1) by Williamson County, which is a residential zoning that allows homes to be built on the land. You can find detail on Williamson County Zoning Website.
- This property is served by the Nolensville/College Grove Utility district for water and receives sewer through Metro Nashville. Neither of these things will change based on annexation or zoning. It would not be served by Brentwood’s Water and Sewer system.
- The unincorporated portion of the property lies within Brentwood’s Urban Growth Boundary, which means it was identified decades ago as land to be added to the City of Brentwood through the Municipal Growth Plan.
- You can find a history and overview of the Municipal Growth Policy Act of 1998 online here. This act, passed in the late 1990’s because of Tennessee’s rapid growth, requires the counties and cities of Tennessee to work together to define a plan for growth.
- Tennessee cities including Brentwood, have areas currently outside the city limit that are identified by the Municipal Growth Plan as intended for the City, which means they are designated as part of the city’s Urban Growth Boundary. Why hasn’t this land already been brought into the City of Brentwood? Because the way annexation works in Tennessee, even though land is intended to be a part of a city, it cannot be annexed by the city unless annexation is requested by the land owner. An overview of how this works can be found using this link.
- There is zero capacity impact from the development on Brentwood Water and Sewer services because it is already served by Nolensville/College Grove water and Metro Nashville sewer.
- Residents in this new development will be oriented towards Brentwood services including use of parks, the Library, roads, etc. Accordingly, I feel like they should contribute towards the cost of these services by paying Brentwood City Taxes.
- The proposed OSRD and R-2 development is less dense than existing Brentwood developments across the street on the north side of Sunset Road that were annexed and grandfathered in under County zoning/density standard in place in the early 2000’s.
- This tract can already be developed under Williamson County zoning. It looks like is not a question of it being developed or not developed — it is how.
- County zoning standards today are more permissive than Brentwood’s OSRD, and would allow separate apartments within dwelling units and accessory type dwellings on the lots. This is not consistent with Brentwood single family zoning.
- Annexation of the future development will avoid issues such as misunderstandings about coverage by Brentwood first responders to this area that would otherwise be nearby, but still outside our city limits.
- Full City of Brentwood Calendar
- Interactive City of Brentwood Maps, including zoning, parks, utility district, land records, and Historic Places
- City of Brentwood Commission Home page, including contact information, meeting schedule, and videos of past meetings
- City of Brentwood Planning Commission Home page, including contact information, meeting schedule, and videos of past meetings:
- City of Brentwood Water and Sewer Master Plan and other information
- Full contact information for your Federal, State, County, and local elected officials
- Complete list and links to download Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports for the City of Brentwood back to 2005
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Brentwood City Commissioner
“From Brentwood, For Brentwood”