Talk of development on ‘pristine’ land sparks opposition
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
County Commissioner Mary Brockman, District 9, voices her concern about development in the historic land areas in Franklin at the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting Aug. 13.
Photo by Kerri Bartlett
The scenic beauty of the Old Hillsboro Road area leading to Del Rio Pike and Cotton Lane has attracted the attention of developers because of its sprawling, green acreage.
However county residents, who reside near the city limits off Cotton Lane, voiced their strong opposition Tuesday night to alderman about future development that could threaten the pastoral countryside.
About a half dozen residents who reside in the Old Hillsboro Road and Del Rio area addressed their concerns to the body about a possible Del Webb development – a national senior residential living community consisting of over 700 homes – that could eventually be built in the area.
However, no formal plans have been submitted to the City. The Pulte Group is the devloper.
Williamson County Commissioner Mary Brockman, District 9, who represents the area as well as lives on a farm in the area spoke on behalf of her constituents.
“This could be a game changer for the area. Del Rio can’t handle 700 homes. This is a national developer and a force that could keep [development] coming,” Brockman said.
“Land is not developed in isolation. Whatever happens there affects the land next to it.”
Brockman also cited the importance of preserving the land’s history with at least five historic homes on Del Rio and the 19th century Meeting of the Waters residence at the Harpeth River.
“Don’t lose it. It’s a treasure,” she said.
According to Brockman, the proposed site of the possible Del Webb development would be located within the city’s Urban Growth Boundaries (UGB), which could lead to annexation of the property currently located in the county.
The county doesn’t possess the sewer and road infrastructure needed to house the development Brockman said.
“This is in your hands to plan for,” Brockman told Franklin aldermen.
Last week at a county planning commission meeting, Brockman also voiced her opposition to Hillsboro Cove, a development that would bring 20 homes to 34 acres on Old Hillsboro Road. With much concern voiced by the community, the project was deferred.
James Eaneman, who recently moved to Franklin, also spoke against developing the “pristine” land.
“I’ve seen the pristine historic valleys become the target of developers to the great detriment of the city and its finances.”
A native of northern California, Eaneman explained his background as manager of a large gas and electric company and his experience as a parks and community service commissioner.
“For the last 50 years, I’ve watched developers come in and say one thing and it have the complete opposite effect on the community.
“This is paradise on Earth. Don’t let this project go forward.”
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Posted on: 8/14/2013