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The Lebanon Planning Commission approved plans for the first phase of a major development on Cairo Bend and a church relocation to Coles Ferry Pike.

The commission approved final plat plans for The Preserve, formerly known as Stoney Farms, to be located on Cairo Bend near State Route 109 and Highway 70. The 286-home plan is the first phase of the 1,200-home development approved last year.

The first phase covers about 85 acres, while the entire project is slated for about 395 acres.

Caleb Thorne with Ragan-Smith Associates said The Preserve would feature three styles of single-family homes, as well as villas, cottages and townhomes.

Amenities could include trails and greenways, recreational and dog parks, community gardens, fire pits and connections to other city parks.

The commission also approved plans for a new Highland Heights Church of Christ campus to be located at the corner of Coles Ferry Pike and Castle Heights Avenue North.

Plans call for a 24,500-square-foot facility on about 8.5 acres of land across from the Jimmy Floyd Family Center.

The church’s previous location — behind the Wilson County Criminal Justice Complex — was sold to Wilson County earlier this year for $3.35 million. The county will use the 6.12-acre property to expand the criminal justice center.

Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto said the property could hold a multilevel judicial center that would allow for more modern and secure buildings. Architectural design for the facility is likely to being in early 2020. 

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