Monday, June 22, 2009

Different Rules for the Wealthy

from the blog Enclave June 21, 2009 (at

"The Mays Want to Bring High Density to Bells Bend While Attempting to Switch Their Own Street to Lower Density

Irony of local developers' ironies: the very same night this week that the May Town Center proposal is up before the Planning Commission once again for public hearing, CM Jason Holleman brings a request to the Commission by approximately 2 dozen Enworth Place and Ensworth Avenue property owners to change their current low-density zoning to even lower density. Two of those residents are Frank and Leon May, who reside on Ensworth Place, and who are the would-be catalysts of May Town Center sprawl across Bells Bend.

The existing zoning at Ensworth Place and Ensworth Avenue allows single-family homes and duplexes on a minimum of 40,000 sq. ft. lots. The proposed zoning that the Mays are advocating--for parcels on which their own homes and those of their immediate neighbors sit--would eliminate duplexes from the formula and reduce density to .93 dwelling units per acre on a minimum 40,000 sq. ft. lot. They seem to want to keep developers in check where they live.
Metro Planning staffers are once again siding with the May family in a zoning proposal but for entirely different reasons this time around. This time they intend to protect the current character of the area by selectively applying this rationale:

This 48 acre area is an established, low density residential
development with predominantly single-family residences.

Keep in mind that a little later on Thursday evening's agenda, the Commission will be discussing the planners' endorsement of the May family's attempt to convert historic, lowest-density farmland into high-density, urban, multi-use, car-cultured development of substantially more than .93 units per acre. I guess protecting the character of Bells Bend doesn't matter quite as much to Metro Planning since the Mays don't live there.

However, I doubt that any Metro planner will be considering the inconsistencies of the evening. They'll no doubt see it as all part of the big plan."

[if you are not familiar with "Enclave: Nashville North-by-Northwest" check it out. There have been many thoughtful posts about the MTC and planning (or the lack thereof) in Nashville generally. -- SLC]

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