Monroe Harding

Last week, the Metro Planning Commission unanimously disapproved a zoning change to the 20-acre Glendale Lane property owned by foster care organization Monroe Harding. The organization is in talks to sell the property, and the zoning change would allow the interested developer to build 31 single family homes.

The proposed change would also allow the property be used to develop schools, churches or daycare centers.


What to know

Councilman Russ Pulley, who represents the Green Hills area, said the commission disapproved the zoning change because they believe the development plan does not include more consideration for the property's historic buildings. The oldest building on its campus is 84 years old.

What's next

The proposed zoning change will now go before Metro Council. If the council disapproves the bill when it reaches final reading on Nov. 20, the current zoning will remain in place. According to Pulley, that would allow the developer to request approval for a cluster lot subdivision, a type of development that groups houses on smaller lots.

Because the Planning Commission disapproved the change, Metro Council must approve the bill by 27 votes. The council has 40 members.

What about the protections discussed under the proposed zoning change?

Pulley says that without the proposed zoning change, the following negotiations will no longer be in place:

  • Connectivity - An agreement has been reached to end connectivity to Glendale Lane.
  • Stormwater - Pulley says the developer has agreed to terms that will exceed Metro's current regulations for stormwater runoff.
  • Construction traffic management - Construction traffic will enter through a temporary road on Glendale, therefore keeping the majority of construction traffic off Granny White Court and Duncanwood Court until all but two lots are finished.

  • Tree preservation - Pulley says a tree preservation amendment will include Metro's Urban Forester in the decision making process on preservation.

  • Glendale sidewalk - The developer has agreed to put a sidewalk on Glendale Lane that runs the entire frontage of the property.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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