Belinda City residents raised enough noise last week to delay a proposed condo-commercial development in their neighborhood.
More than a dozen Belinda City residents packed a meeting to voice their objections to a proposed multi-use development on 75.73 acres. Their concerns prompted the developer to quash the rezone request from industrial to commercial mixed-use and delay a rezone vote.
“We would like to defer until we can conduct a proper town hall meeting,” a spokesperson for the developer said.
The town hall meeting about the rezoning is scheduled for Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at City Chambers. The next Mt. Juliet Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 20.
Residents stood in line at the podium to object to the project that would bring 302,250 square feet of commercial presence on 35 acres and 200 condo units on 40-plus acres in the back of the neighborhood.
Disruption of a peaceful neighborhood by nearby entrances to the proposed development, traffic and generally the ruination of a lifestyle were some of the issues noted by residents.
“This is directly behind my home,” resident Betty Evans said. “It’s (proposed entrance) by my fence. I am in the middle of Belinda City and why should there be entrances on our street?”
Former city and planning commissioner Jim Bradshaw joined the line of protesters. He said he’s lived in Belinda City since 1990. He said the neighborhood was established in 1972 and now has 681 single-family homes and 188 apartments.
“Don’t cram this in,” he said, after he listed many other land offerings in the city. “This is a nice development now. Can you imagine a block over? Please vote no.”
Mt. Juliet planning Director Jennifer Hamblen told residents, “We have you in mind.”
“We can’t stop growth, but we can make it better,” she said.
The developer’s spokesperson said that a traffic connector to Beckwith Road would come with the 100th unit built. He also said that instead of a 20-foot buffer, the developer could build a 50-foot buffer and replace any trees taken down.
Planning chair Luke Winchester said his board will be “mindful.”
“I was raised over there; we have your interests at heart … if so, we will give you something behind you with buffers. Your comments ring true. I share your concern,” Winchester said.