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Council to discuss planning business

Xavier Smith • Updated Oct 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The Lebanon City Council is expected to revisit a once-deferred rezoning issue and learn the results of a planning study during Tuesday’s work session at 5 p.m. and regular meeting at 5:55 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall. 

Joseph Minicozzi, principal of Urban3, a consulting company based in Asheville, N.C., will present his firm’s results to the council and Planning Commission during the work session. 

In January, the council had a video conference with Joseph Minicozzi about his firm, Urban3, and the work it did in Asheville, N.C. The firm studied and diagnosed areas of concern and success in Asheville to help the city’s financial woes.

The council approved funds for a baseline study by Urban3 to see where the city was at in January, which was the first step in the vision process.

Minicozzi shed some light on the city’s potential during a meeting in July. Minicozzi’s cross training in city planning in the public and private sectors, as well as private sector real estate finance, has allowed him to develop award-winning analytic tools used for community design. 

“I tend to think of a city as DNA, like they’re all a place in time. The city started, it’s going to grow and eventually grow into something,” Minicozzi has said. “Who are you going to be when you grow up? What’s your model? Where’s the path of Lebanon? Who are you looking at? What are you learning from? What experiences are you seeing that Nashville had that you want to learn from in a positive way and a negative way? You can learn from other models.”

The council will also revisit a rezoning ordinance for about 20 acres in Leeville Pike to medium-density residential from rural residential agriculture. The rezoning allows 4.8 units per acre.

Wayne Baker, Fleming Homes’ chief operating officer, said the development would feature about 60 single freestanding homes that are four-sided brick. He said there would be about 3.25 homes per acre. The homes would be valued at around $300,000.

The council favored a deferral to give developers a chance to meet with concerned residents, which took place in August. 

Many residents discussed existing problems with water pressure in the area, dangers of commuters on Leeville Pike and previous broken promises of other businesses on the road.

“I think we’re making progress. I think one of the issues we have is the use of the land and the density of the development,” Chris Crowell said in August.

A public hearing will follow the work session at 5:55 p.m. and will include the Leeville Pike development and the annexation and rezoning of 89 acres on Odum Lane.

In other business, the council is expected to discuss:

• a LoJac Enterprises bid for the Lebanon Municipal Airport runway light installation and pavement rehabilitation.

• a contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to resurface South Hartmann Drive from Leeville Pike to Hickory Ridge Road.

• accepting a letter of proposal extension of Phoenix Builders for the Lebanon Municipal Airport maintenance hangar design.

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