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District 23 Metro Councilwoman Mina Johnson, who represents parts of the West Meade, Hillwood and Belle Meade areas of Nashville, will not seek reelection. Residents will elect a new council member in August 2019.
In an email to her constituents Tuesday, Johnson explained that her top priority has been to "preserve and protect our wonderful neighborhoods and community."
"I am very proud of the first two bills I sponsored and passed unanimously by Council," she said. "These were BL2015-86and BL2015-87 that will protect over 200 acres of pristine undeveloped land keeping it natural and an open space, while providing development guidelines for 14 limited acres of defined area."
Johnson defeated candidate Jim Roberts in 2015 by securing 59 percent of the vote.
"Although I will not seek re-election, my commitment to District 23 and Metro Nashville has never changed," Johnson added. "I will do the best I know how to continue to represent District 23 and Metro Nashville until you elect your next Councilmember to represent District 23."
See the full announcement below:
Today, I am officially announcing that I will not be seeking re-election for the District 23 Metro Council seat in the upcoming election in August 2019.
It has been my tremendous honor and privilege to serve as a Metro Nashville Councilmember representing District 23 on your behalf these past three and a half years. I wish to thank each and every one of you for giving me an opportunity by electing me in 2015, supporting me throughout the years and sharing your thoughts and concerns.
When I decided to run for office, my number one priority was to preserve and protect our wonderful neighborhoods and community.
I am very proud of the first two bills I sponsored and passed unanimously by Council. These were BL2015-86and BL2015-87 that will protect over 200 acres of pristine undeveloped land keeping it natural and an open space, while providing development guidelines for 14 limited acres of defined area.
In July of 2015, prior to my election as a Councilmember, the Planning Commissioners declared a portion of the Nashville Highlands PUD (Planned Unit Development) should be cancelled. The recommendation was based on findings that there had not been any development activity for over 20 years; in addition to the recommended cancellation, the Planning Commission also recommended the zoning be changed to SP. That PUD would have allowed 864 units on 246 acres of undeveloped land at the corner of Old Hickory Blvd. & Hwy 70, behind the Belle Forrest Shopping Center and the Eagle Ridge at the Reserve subdivision. Former Mayor Bill Purcell was very instrumental in obtaining the recommendation to cancel the PUD, and I was very fortunate to have an opportunity to work with him on this project.
My first action as a Councilmember was to file the bills within 90 days following the Planning Commissioners’ recommendation to cancel the PUD and to change the zoning to SP. Without these actions, the property would have been in an inactive status and would have reverted back to allow the outdated development plan. The night Council passed these bills on third and final reading, Mayor Briley (Vice Mayor back then) quietly mentioned to me that those two bills were the most important bills Council passed that evening. I was so happy and proud to achieve one of my commitments to you as my first sponsored zone change bill on your behalf three yeas ago.
Although I will not seek re-election, my commitment to District 23 and Metro Nashville has never changed. I will do the best I know how to continue to represent District 23 and Metro Nashville until you elect your next Councilmember to represent District 23. Thank you for your continuous support!
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.