The Clarksville City Council approved on first reading an amendment of a zoning ordinance that would change 7.23 acres of land off of Fort Campbell Boulevard from highway and arterial commercial district to multi-family residential district.
The applicants, Fentress Bryant and Suk Lee with Tennessee Community Properties Reed Baldwin-Agent, plan to build an apartment-townhome development, according to Jeff Tyndall, director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Planning Commission.
Future plans are to build 120 units that would range in rent from $1,100 to $1,200 per month, according to Sid Hedrick, who spoke on behalf of the agent.
At the council executive meeting Nov. 30, several council members questioned the ingress and egress of the planned apartment complex.
Ward 3 Councilman Ron Erb said he felt getting out onto Fort Campbell Boulevard would not be easy.
“It’s going to be a right [turn] or nothing,” Erb said. “I really have some concerns with traffic problems there.”
Councilman Vondell Richmond said, in addition, he wondered how emergency vehicles would be able to access the area during heavy traffic hours.
On Dec. 3, during the council’s regular meeting, Councilman Tim Chandler said he felt the traffic in the area is terrible.
“I understand Fort Campbell needs housing that’s affordable, but we don’t need to give up the safety of the people who are out there driving,” Chandler said. “I’ll be voting no on this.”
Councilman Jeff Burkhart said if the measure passed, he would advise the planning commission and Baldwin to try to line up an exit out of the complex with an existing traffic light.
“There’s considerable land across from that stoplight,” Burkhart said. “This is going to be a large dollar development. One more parcel is not going to make or break this. Using that light would solve everybody’s problem here.”
During a public hearing, Hedrick indicated the developer proposed a second entrance for safety vehicles to help with the traffic.
Councilman Richard Garrett said after speaking with the developer, he was confident he would work to make the project safe for the military and bewilling to modify his plans to make the plan safe and workable.
“What we have been asked to vote on is the rezoning,” Garrett said. “Let’s approve [the rezoning] and allow the next body to work with the developer to come up with a plan that will be safe for our military families to ingress and egress.”
The council approved the first reading 10-3. Chandler and Erb, along with Mayor Joe Pitts, opposed the rezoning.
The second reading will take place in January at the council’s regular session.
For the upcoming second reading, seven new council members will hear the proposed rezoning case.
Dover Road apartments planned
On Dec. 14, the Montgomery County Commission approved an application from Holly Point to rezone a 25.02-acre piece of land on Dover Road from single-family residential district to multi-family residential district-highway and arterial commercial district to potentially make way for a more than 230-unit apartment complex.
Tyndall introduced the request at the Dec. 7 informal meeting and explained the property is from south of Dover Road to York Road.
“This is for a mixed-use commercial and multifamily, with the rear being a single-family clustered subdivision, connecting to properties around it for future, potential growth,” Tyndall said. “This zoning request is part of a comprehensive plan to develop the Lisenbee Farm, with an appropriate mix of compatible land uses.”
The estimate for the multi-family residential district zone would be 236 apartments, according to Tyndall.
“The proposed zoning request is consistent with the adopted land use plan,” Tyndall said. “The proposed C-5 highway and arterial commercial district expansion provides an opportunity for goods and services in an area of future residential development.”
The proposed multi-family residential district provides an opportunity for multiple housing types as part of the proposed development plan. It would serve as a buffer between the highway and commercial development and the proposed single-family development to the south.
There was no opposition to the development voiced.
The commission passed the rezoning request unanimously, 23-0.