Here is the gist of things, directly from the Metro Planning Commission:
Over 100 neighborhood residents strongly supported increased protection for environmentally sensitive areas around West Meade area at a community meeting June 5 – and planners, along with District 23 Councilmember Emily Evans, have called another meeting next week to hear more.
A proposed amendment to the West Meade/Bellevue community plan would, among other restrictions, limit grading on some of the area’s scenic hillsides and require new housing to follow the natural contours of the land.
Now, I’ve never been a fan of overly restrictive Nimby-ism, it smacks of “I got mine, but I should be the last one”. But this is different. When you get outside of the old, historic neighborhoods, the one thing that makes Nashville “Nashville” is the sight of lush, green hills with suburbs nestled within them like hobbit-holes. Between my property and the house on the street behind us is what can only be described as a “hilly wood”. (HMMM…they should name a neighbohood and high school after that). This, within the city limits of a major American city. That’s a very cool thing.
Very few cities in America share such a combination of terrain, vegetation, and development that does not take away from either. It’s unique, and I think it’s worth protecting.
If you look at the pdf file of either the proposal, or the Powerpoint from the meeting (for Kat Coble’s benefit 😉 ) , you’ll see that the amendment proposed by councilman Emily Evans does not call for no development in our area, it mainly calls for development that doesn’t destory the view, which is what draws people here in the first place. In the proposal, a new house could be built into a hill like this:
but not like this:
I find this highly reasonable.
If you look at the Powerpoint, there are lots of examples of the green, hilly beauty of which I speak, along with some photos of ugliness that came about because some developer decided that the hill didn’t need to be there.
Included in the proposed amendment are also recommendations for density, access, building form, building character, and buffering. They are all worth a look.
There is another meeting scheduled for June 11 at the Gordon Jewish Community Center. I’m going to do my darndest to get there, and I’ll let you know how it goes. Since this is a West Meade AND Bellevue issue, it’ll be interesting to see what Julie Lamb and Eric Crafton think of this, along with Evans’ opponent for her council seat, Craig Andreen think about this proposal. Maybe, they’ll be there!