Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead broke the 3-3 tie vote on the three plans, with councilors Rob Cesternino, Tick Bryan and Rick Bell joining the mayor in support of the resolutions and ordinance.
Residents, including more than 50 present at the council meeting, county officials and some commissioners voiced opposition of the annexation after they heard plans for a senior citizen community, similar to Del Webb in Mt. Juliet, to occupy the 120 acres.
Wilson County Planning Director Tom Brashear addressed the body on behalf of the Wilson County Road Commission, which gave an opinionated vote against the plans earlier this month.
“We in the county are not opposed to development or developments at heightened densities. In fact, we’ve got some areas where we develop at heightened densities in the county. But, we would like some ability for some interaction between the city and county to discuss and have input on such manners before a final reading of an item scheduled,” said Brashear, who said many county officials, including his office, did not know about the plans until the week of Feb. 26.
The Lebanon Planning Commission recommended annexation approval in January.
“This is a legal annexation. It was sent to us by our planning commission. Once it’s approved, we will do what we always do. We will send it back to our planning commission to get a site plan that is right – a site plan that is fair. We will not approve it when there are safety issues,” Cesternino said.
Mark Abernathy with the Quarry Road Resident Alliance presented a petition with more than 200 signatures to the council and said citizen concerns included flooding, potential blasting and the width and curvature Quarry Road.
“As county officials, we’re still concerned over who’s responsible for making necessary road related improvements to the remainder of Quarry Road,” Brashear said.
“I think it will be a good thing for the city,” Craighead said. “It has to go back through planning commission for site plan approval and I think that will address some of the issues the residents have.”