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Franklin board votes to defer item relating to Brownland Farm

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Brownland Farm

A rendering provided by Gamble Design Collaborative of multiplex units fronting Hillsboro Road in the proposed plan for Brownland Farm in Franklin.

The Franklin Board of Mayor and Alderman voted to defer a resolution approving a revised development plan for Christ Community Church on Tuesday.

Now, the resolution is slated to be approved or disapproved at the board’s April meeting.

The development plan seeks to adjust the boundaries of the existing church PUD to align with those of the proposed Brownland Farm PUD. The plans for Brownland Farm are going to be presented at a Franklin Planning Commission meeting in February. The earliest date for a public hearing on the Brownland Farm development plan is Aril 12.

Many in the community oppose the proposed plans for Brownland Farm, an equestrian hub which is located close to the intersection of Hillsboro Road and Mack Hatcher Parkway. A development of roughly 750 homes and other commercial properties has been proposed on the 83-acre property.

More than 2,500 people signed the “OPPOSE High Density and Mixed Use Development on Brownland Farm” petition on www.change.org.

According to the petition, the development’s density “will forever ruin the historic, rural landscape and set a dangerous precedent for the future across the remaining pastoral landscapes in Franklin. This farm should be included into a special area plan for the entire West Harpeth region.”

A Franklin resident in opposition to the development plan spoke at the meeting and asked the board to defer adjusting the church property boundaries until a later date.

The board’s decision was unanimous.

COVID-19 sick leave pay

The board unanimously approved a resolution continuing COVID-19 sick leave pay for city employees Jan. 1 through Feb. 28.

The city will continue to pay any part-time or full-time employee that tests positive for COVID-19 for up to 10 days. This COVID sick leave policy expired on Dec. 31, yet active and breakthrough cases continue to rise within the community due to the new omicron variant.

Appointment

The board voted to appoint Tyler LeMarinel, a young Franklin resident and architect, to the Franklin Historic Zoning Commission, replacing Ken Scalf.

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