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How to get involved in land use policies for Edgehill via the Planning Commission

The Planning Department’s responsibilities include working with local communities to create appropriate land-use policies and transportation priorities in community plans, making recommendations to the Planning Commission on zoning decisions, and providing design services and citywide transportation planning to implement sustainable development and complete streets.

The Planning Department is located at 800 Second Avenue South in downtown Nashville, one block north of the 2nd/4th Avenue exit off I-40.

Planning Commission Meetings, Deadlines and Hearings

The Planning Commission meets at 4 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the auditorium of the Howard Office Building, 700 Second Avenue South.

Only one meeting may be held in December.

2018 Planning Commission filing deadlines and meeting schedule

2017 Planning Commission filing deadlines and meeting schedule

2018 Council hearing schedule

2017 Council hearing schedule

Directions to the meeting room and the Planning Department office

The Commission’s meetings are shown live on Comcast cable channel 3 in Davidson County and repeated several times on an irregular Metro Nashville Network broadcast schedule. Meetings are also streamed live on the Metro government access channel’s webpage and posted on the Planning Department’s YouTube channel.

Members of the Planning Commission

Email the Commissioners

Upcoming Meetings

The draft agenda, staff reports, and related documents are posted around midday on the Friday before each meeting.

Please email the Planning Department front counter or call (615) 862-7190 with questions about agenda items.

Rules & Procedures

 

Conservation Overlay Kick-off Meeting- Held Sept. 6th Midtown Police Precinct

Kick-off Meeting:  The offical kick-off meeting regarding our conservation overlay exploration was Sept. 6th at 6:00 p.m.  at the Midtown Police Precinct.  The agenda included explanations from our neighborhood leaders about what a conservation overlay is, discussions with our Council Members O’Conners and Sledge, and an exploration of next steps. Below is background information about Edgehill’s desire to protect our historic neighborhood.

Background: A number of historic homes in Edgehilll have already been demolished and others are threatened. To explore ways of protecting the 150 years of history in Edgehill several members of the Edgehill Coalition met with the History Commission staff member, Robin Zeiglar on May 22, 2017.  Those in attendance included Theo Antoniadis, Rob Benshoof, Joel Dark, Joyce Harris,  Ronnie Miller,  Janet Shands, and Pearl Sims.

The group discussed what type of overlays might make sense for neighborhood and how the concepts should be introduced to the neighborhood. They will likely pursue Neighborhood Conservation for the area that qualifies and UDO for the areas that do not.

The group has met several times to discuss the possibility of a neighborhood-wide meeting to introduce the concepts and then decide on next steps. They may try both UDO and NCZO at the same time.

An architectural resource survey is needed. They will likely want MHZC to train survey volunteers rather than hire a consultant. The group is working from a large map showing boundaries of the following: Music Row Code, South Music Row NZCO, area eligible for an Edgehill NCZO, area of potential UDO and the Envision Edgehill project.

There is interest in involving the Envision Edgehill MDHA project with the overall plan for the neighborhood.

Below are resources provided by the Historic Commission for use by the neighborhood as they explore ways to protect the history, culture, and diversity of Edgehill.

Overview of Neighborhood Conservation Zoning
Wording borrowed from the Belmont-Hillsboro Neighbor’s, Inc. Website

What is Neighborhood Conservation Zoning (NCZO)?

  • NCZO is a planning tool to protect the historic character of Nashville’s old neighborhoods through a design review process.
  • It is a type of ‘overlay zoning’ that is applied in addition to the ‘base’ land use zoning of an area.
  • An NCZO must be passed by Metro Council and signed by the mayor.

How would NCZO impact changes I want to make to my home?

NCZOs do not impact permitted land uses. Instead, it regulates you, the property owner, when you are planning to:  BRAD

  • Build a new building (primary or secondary, like a garage),
  • Relocate a building.
  • Add to an existing building (enclose or add a porch, add a roof dormer, add solar panels or skylights, add habitable space), or
  • Demolish a building (in whole or in part, such as removing window and door openings or all materials),

Why might we want a NCZO for 12South?

A NCZO protects a neighborhood from:

  • loss of architecturally or historically important buildings,
  • new construction not in character with the neighborhood, and
  • additions to buildings that would lessen their architectural compatibility.

How does NCZO work?

If your property is within a NCZO and you are planning to demolish a building, construct a new building, add to an existing building, or move a building, one step is added to the process of getting a building permit for the work: you must also obtain a preservation permit from the Metropolitan Historical Zoning Commission (MHZC). There are no additional permit fees.

Are there guidelines homeowners would have to follow?

Yes, design guidelines would be created jointly by the neighborhood and the MHZC. These would be used in the following ways:

  • to determine the architectural compatibility of proposed projects,
  • to provide direction for property owners who want to undertake a project,
  • to ensure that the decisions of the MHZC are not arbitrary, and
  • to assure that new construction and additions are sympathetic to the character of a neighborhood and to restrict the loss of architecturally contributing buildings.

By state and local law, all guidelines must be in accordance with the United States Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings design principles used by private and public preservation agencies throughout the country. These can be found at http://www.nps.gov/hps/tps/standguide/rehab/rehab_standards.htm

With NCZO are interior projects reviewed?

No, only exterior work which is determined to be visible from the public rights-of-way is reviewed by the MHZC.

With NCZO, are exterior paint colors, fences, landscaping, and interior projects reviewed?

No, only new construction, additions, demolition, and relocation are reviewed in NCZOs. However, in a historic preservation zoning district, all exterior work — including projects like replacing doors and windows, or installing a fence — are reviewed by the MHZC.

Where are the current NCZO districts in Nashville?

 

  • Maxwell Heights
  • Park and Elkins
  • Richland-West End
  • Richland-West End Addition
  • Salemtown

·      South Music Row

·      Woodland-in-Waverly

 

To see the design guidelines for the neighborhoods above, visit: www.nashville.gov/Historical-Commission/Services/Preservation-Permits/Districts-and-Design-Guidelines

More Information

To see  a potential design guidelines for our neighborhood, visit: www.nashville.gov/Historical-Commission/About/Historic-Zoning-Commission/Whats-New

Existing design guidelines can be viewed here:  http://www.nashville.gov/Historical-Commission/Services/Preservation-Permits/Districts-and-Design-Guidelines.aspx

The Commission’s  general brochure that covers the type of historic overlays can be found here: http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/HistoricalCommission/docs/Publications/Zoning%20brochure,%202010.pdf

Waverly-Belmont may be the best example for us but it will be tweaked to meet the specific character of Edgehill, which will be determined by the survey. See link below.

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Our Conatact with Historic Zonng Commission

Robin Zeigler, Historic Zoning Administrator , Metro Historic Zoning Commission Sunnyside in Sevier Park (3000 Granny White Pike), Nashville, TN 37204

Main Office  615-862-7970 x 79776

Edgehill Opposes Belmont University’s Building Indoor Batting Facility and Office at ES Rose Park Updates- Communications with CM Sledge

Letter to Council Members Signing Ordinance

August 17, 2017

Council Member Burkley Allen
Council Member John Cooper

Council Member Colby Sledge

Dear Council Members Allen, Cooper, and Sledge:

Following on recent community meetings, we are writing to restate our objection to the proposed construction of an indoor batting facility by Belmont University in E.S. Rose Park and to call for the rescindment of the associated Metro ordinance (BL2017-662).

The opposition to this proposed project within our Coalition remains strong and consistent. The lease amendment supported by BL2017-662 provides public park land to a private institution on terms far below market rate and, by allowing the construction of a two-story building on this land, irrevocably surrenders an important scenic and historic resource of our neighborhood and the city.

We are also deeply concerned about the process through which the lease amendment was advanced. The 2007 lease agreement includes a commitment to ongoing, reciprocal communication with the Edgehill community regarding the lease arrangement. Amending the lease without consultation of, or even accurate notification to, the Edgehill community clearly violates this commitment.

We value the connections between Belmont University and the Edgehill neighborhood that have developed both within and outside the framework of 2007 lease agreement. We are committed to the further development of Edgehill’s relationship with Belmont and seek in the rescinding of the lease amendment an opportunity to continue and renew this relationship on a genuinely mutual basis, working together toward truly common goals.

Above all, we seek in the rescinding of BL2017-662 an opportunity to work with Metro Parks toward a strategic plan for E.S. Rose Park that recognizes its central importance to our neighborhood’s history and future. Our Coalition is actively working with numerous city agencies in vital planning activities throughout Edgehill, and the stewardship of E.S. Rose Park is inseparable from this work of envisioning carefully, creatively, and ambitiously the future of our historic, diverse, and rapidly growing neighborhood.

Signed by Residents of Edgehill

 

Background of the Letter

Report for the Edgehill Neighborhood Coalition on the E.S. Rose Park Meeting at Belmont University

August 1, 2017 

As discussed at the July 20 meeting of the Edgehill Neighborhood Coalition, we attended a meeting at Belmont University on Tuesday, July 25, to discuss a revised proposal for the construction an indoor batting facility in E. S. Rose Park. The meeting was convened by Council Member Sledge following the larger meeting he had called at the Midtown Hills Police Precinct Building on Thursday, June 22, at which strong and consistent community opposition to this project was expressed.
The Belmont meeting began with a presentation of the revised proposal followed by about two hours of discussion. The revised proposal responds to a concern expressed by property owners on the northern side of Rose Park by moving the proposed building back from the property line to the park’s northeast parking lot. This would also avoid the removal of trees and the loss of existing green space.
As at the June meeting, the discussion of the proposal ranged from practical concerns to issues of process and principle. In terms of its obstruction of the view from the park to the east (including the view of Fort Negley) and the loss of parking access protected by the original lease agreement, the proposed new location is even less desirable than the site previously suggested. This led to some consideration, at least among the Edgehill group, of whether the proposed building could be relocated to the northwest parking lot and/or reduced to a one-story building (minus the Belmont offices).
Discussion of process and principles at the meeting mostly revisited points made previously. The most important of these was the lack of consultation with, or even accurate notification to, the Edgehill community prior to the submission of the lease amendment to the Metro Council. We continue to regard this as especially problematic in light of the history of our relationship with Belmont and the communication/good-faith clauses of the original Rose Park lease agreement.
One new development at the meeting was the suggestion by some community members that space for indoor baseball practice be incorporated into Metro Parks’ planned redevelopment/expansion of the Easley Center from a “Neighborhood” classification to the kind of “Regional” facility serving Hadley, Sevier, Coleman, and other parks. It was not clear if Belmont would support this idea, and we would also need to present it to the Coalition, but joint advocacy for this facility might help to build a genuinely mutual partnership with Belmont toward a truly common goal.
We value the relationship with Belmont that has developed within the framework of the original lease agreement. The amendment, however, far exceeds the purview of this agreement and violates its spirit. The amendment leases public land to a private institution on terms far below market rate and, by allowing the construction of a building on this land, irrevocably surrenders an important scenic resource of the neighborhood and the city.
We strongly recommend that the Edgehill Neighborhood Coalition call for the repeal of the lease amendment and work with Metro Parks toward a strategic vision for E.S. Rose Park informed by neighborhood and community interests. We acknowledge the potential appeal of shorter-term “fixes,” including alternatives that we considered at the meeting, but these are responses to an unanticipated and unfortunate situation rather than a positive plan for the park. Careful stewardship of E.S. Rose Park clearly falls within the responsibilities and capabilities of our Coalition, which has also proved to be a reliable partner for the city and for institutions adjacent to our neighborhood. We believe that discussions going forward should be conducted within this framework, and we recognize the present moment as critical – both to protect what remains of the park as a natural community resource and to realize its future potential.
Members of the Edgehill Coalition Rose Park Team
Joel Dark
Gigi Gaskins
King Hollands
Ronnie Miller
Ben Tran

Response to the Letter from CM Sledge

September 11, 2017

Re: E.S. Rose Park

Dear Edgehill residents and Belmont University leaders,

As many of you know, we have had continued conversations regarding Belmont University’s ground lease for E.S. Rose Park and, in particular, a recent amendment allowing construction of a proposed batting facility for Belmont’s use. These concerns originated with a previous lease that is nearly a decade old.

In 2007, the Metro Council approved an Ordinance allowing the Metropolitan Parks director to enter a lease agreement with Belmont for the use of Rose Park. A lease was subsequently executed on November 5, 2007. Under the lease agreement, Belmont was permitted to construct athletic facilities within the park for use by its sports teams, though the park was also to be made available for public use. The lease provided that Belmont would construct the athletic facilities on the property, as well as a concessions building, locker rooms and improvements to the common areas — all at its own expense. The cost of these improvements was estimated at $7 million dollars. Based on the most recent report provided this week by the Parks Department, Belmont’s financial investment to date totals more than $9.7 million, including $1.2 million in scholarships to residents of Edgehill and nearby communities.

Metro retained the authority to schedule dates and times of Belmont’s use of the park, and Belmont was to provide six months advance notice of its needs. Though Belmont was given certain priorities, it was estimated that the sports fields would be available to the community for public use at least 80 percent of the time during regular park hours. Current data from Parks indicates that Belmont has used the soccer facilities 22 percent of the time it has been available over the last 12 months; baseball, 14 percent; softball, 10 percent; and track, 9 percent.

The term of the lease was for 40 years, but under the terms of the lease, termination can occur upon one year’s written notice by either party. However, if Metro acts to terminate the lease, Metro would be required to pay Belmont the fair value of the added improvements.

In May of this year, the Council approved an amendment to the original lease agreement allowing Belmont to construct an additional improvement on the Rose Park property, specifically an 80×120 square foot building abutting the baseball field which would serve primarily as a batting cage facility. In exchange, Belmont would increase its annual lease payment by $5,000 to be divided proportionately between Metro Parks Department, Rose Park Middle School, and Carter Lawrence Elementary School.

In the ensuing months since the Council’s approval of that amendment, concerns have arisen in the community regarding the location and use of this additional facility, prompting several meetings and lengthy negotiations with Belmont University’s administration. While those discussions were conducted in good faith by all parties, I must reluctantly report that the concerns raised by the community have not been adequately addressed by Belmont, and that we have reached no compromise or solution.

As a result, I explored filing legislation calling for the Metropolitan Council to rescind its previous approval of the amendment. Upon working toward drafting this resolution, however, I was notified by Belmont legal representatives, Metro Legal representatives and Metro Council legal counsel that the road to repealing this amendment may be nearly impossible without repealing the entire lease. This is a course I don’t believe any party is suggesting, nor would I support, due in no small part to the provision that would require Metro to reimburse Belmont for improvements to the park.

In ongoing discussions with Belmont representatives and Edgehill representatives, I have secured a commitment from Belmont that the school will not move on any sort of construction for the rest of 2017. I have heard from Edgehill representatives that they desire Belmont’s active involvement in Envision Edgehill. I believe this request is reasonable and would result in better outcomes for Edgehill’s future.

Regarding the batting facility, I must ask all parties to continue to work together to determine a mutually beneficial outcome. I continue to seek community input regarding this decision and I welcome your questions and comments.

Sincerely,

Colby Sledge

Metro Council, District 17

Edgehill leads Tony Rose Park Re-Development

Below is a summary of events that led to redevelopment of Tony Rose Park (submittd by Rachel Zijlstra, EVNA)
BACKGROUND:  Without any community involvement or notice, Metro Parks has entered into a 1 year lease of Tony Rose Park.  During this time, the developers who are redeveloping the old CMA building will use the bulk of the park as a construction staging zone.  After the year, the developers have pledged to repair damage and improve the park with a budget of $90,000.  I’ve attached their proposal.
PROBLEM:  There are many, many issues related to the “deal” that Metro Parks made, namely that it’s no deal for Edgehill.  While we can appreciate that Parks oversees the greenspace, the lack of community input or even notice cannot stand.  The plan for redeveloping the park after its use (abuse) isn’t consistent with what neighbors want.  Lastly, EVNA and other Edgehill leaders worked with those very same developers in negotiations as part of the S/P process for the old CMA building.  They know who we are and how to contact us.  While $90,000 may seem like a lot of money, it’ll make very little difference in restoring our park.  (Reference:  the sidewalks and swing area at Flora Wilson Park cost $80,000 5 years ago).
ACTION PLAN:  A series of meetings have been conducted by RachelZijlstra, EVNA,  and Ronnie Miller, ONE. to gain our neighborhood’s input into the park situation. Through this meeting the Panattoni and Kim Hawkins, Hawkins Partners, have been working to help the neighborhood envision an new park that will be built with their support.
Report from  Kim Hawkins, Hawkins Partners, August 23rd.
FIRST, Panattoni has looked carefully at construction staging and was able to reduce the area for staging from 65% of the park to 35% of the park allowing a much larger area to remain open. (see attached)
Overall reception to the plan was very positive.
Cul-de-sac:  One of the biggest impacts to the park was recovering park space (approximately 6300 s.f.) with the use of the cul-de-sac.  The cup-de-sac then gets used for children’s plan (four square or kick ball) or with adults for street hockey.  Plans would be to work with Metro  Parks and/or Oasis Center to develop cup-de-sac art utilizing youth from the neighborhood to help design and paint it.   This concept was discussed with Mark Sturtevant, MPW< on Monday evening, Aug 14 when I ran into him at a Metro Council minority caucus meeting.  I did relay this to Freddie O’Connell.
Pavilion/Stage:  The plan suggests moving the location for the pavilion to an area between the existing playground and the new activated cup-de-sac.  The pavilion could double as a stage for small community music or festival events and is now oriented to a large open play area and provides better visibility into the pavilion from Music Circle and better visibility to the most active play areas (playground, cul-de-sac play and small multi-purpose field).  The suggested structure would be a Poligon or similar structure with a shed roof which opens to the open lawn.  After discussion, a solid metal roof is preferred.  Two moveable painted wood picnic tables were noted within the pavilion.
1/4 mile loop:  The park plan utilizes the existing walkway near the existing playground area and extends the walk with to 8’ wide for new concrete walkway to form a 1/4 mile loop that can be used for walking and also for children’s bicycling.  The new walk also corrects the stair entry from Music Circle and provides for an ADA access from Music Circle.  A bike repair station with tools and air was also noted just off the loop which could serve families in the neighborhood and is a very short detour from the nearby Music Row protected bike lanes,
Playground:  an option was shown which added some additional playground equipment in the area south of the existing play structure and still within the play structure surfacing.  Based on review, it appears that area could accommodate either one alternative swing structure or several smaller structures.  Some fabric shades were also noted.  This element had the most discussion about whether it was necessary to add play equipment to the area.  The fabric shade would be discussed with Parks as there may be concerns with long term maintenance.  HPI will incorporate these elements for pricing and a final determination can be made later.
Music play:  Several elements of music play (approximately 3 pieces) would be located within the area where the existing gazebo is now (it is planned to be removed).  This would be an area for music play with elements such as drums, xylophone, etc.  This bring the element of Music Row back into the park and is consistent with the influence of Tony Rose as a music leader and founding board of the Nashville Symphony.  The interpretive sign for Tony Rose would also be int his area of the park.
Site furniture:  Two existing concrete tables and the existing grill were to remain,  The plan suggested adding 5 new benches and several waste cans.  The community requested center arm rests for any benchesTwo existing dog waste stations remain, though one is relocated to the north end of the park. A water fountain (with dog bowl and water filler) is added off of an existing water line anticipated to be off of Hawkins St.  Provide one yard hydrant off of this line as well.
Multi-purpose field:  The loop walk on the north side is placed to allow for room for a small multi-use field within in.  This area and the open play lawn are both to be noted to receive some minimal regrading to eliminate the compaction from previous construction staging done by other parties and to eliminate ruts.  Plans call for an extension of a chain link fence on the north boundary of the park.
Shade trees:  Add shade trees especially in the northern parts of the park with limited tree canopy right now.  Trees should have gator bags to assist in watering.
There was discussion about a dog park and it was noted that if a dog park were included, it would occupy the area currently slated for the multi-purpose field and may impede the 1/4 mile loop path.  It also is a very small area.  Many of the community comments noted a place to dog walk, therefore the addition of the loop path, dog water bowl and related dog waste stations were added.  General consensus seems to be to keep the plan as shown.
NEXT STEPS:
1. HPI to review plans with Parks.  It is evident that the costs for improvements currently noted would exceed th original costs proposed by Panattoni.
2. HPI to provide narrative for the plans to allow for Panattoni to pull together initial concept pricing.  HPI to have plans with narrative to Panattoni by end of the is week (cc Tim Netsch with all plans)
3. Panattoni has committed to make asks of other contractors that have used the park previously for staging without permission as well as making asks of some music-related businesses.
4. Parks to review plans and make contact with the Tony Rose family about potential additional gifts.
The next meeting will be Sept. 6 at 5:00 at Midtown Police Precinct (right before the Neighborhood Conservation Overlay meeting).
A special note: CM Freddie O’Connell has been very engaged with all of us during this process. Thank you, Councilman!

Envision Edgehill (RAD)- Underway- Get Involved

searchWhat is ENVISION EDGEHILL (RAD)? 

In 2012, Congress authorized the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) to test a new way of meeting the large and growing capital improvement needs of the nation’s aging public housing stock, as well as to preserve projects funded under HUD’s “legacy” programs (Rental Supplement, Rental Assistance Payment, and Moderate Rehabilitation).  Properties “convert” their assistance to long-term, project-based Section 8 contracts. These new contracts provide a more reliable source of operating subsidy that allow PHAs and owners to safely leverage private capital – typically debt and equity – in order to finance the property rehabilitation or replacement. The contracts as well as underlying use restrictions must be renewed each time they expire, ensuring the long-term affordability of the improved properties.

Current and future residents are provided a robust set of rights and protections, including the consultation during the conversion process, the right to return to the property when repairs are completed, the right to organize and funding for organizing, and a right to move with tenant-based assistance if needed to move closer to a job, school, family, or other reason. Further, HUD requires that a public or non-profit entity must always maintain a controlling interest in the property, even in the rare and unanticipated event of foreclosure, thus ensuring the long-term public stewardship of the properties.

GET INVOLVED NOW

MDHA has started the process to redevelop the 33 acres that makes up Edgehill Apartments through its Envision Edgehill process.  All of Edgehill’s community members are encouraged to participate in the 18 month long, resident-led and community-supported,  planning process.  There are three different community advisory groups (CAGs) each with a different focus: people, housing and neighborhood.  See photo below.

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If you’re interested in serving on one of the CAG committees, please click on, download,  and complete this form Envision CAG.  Email it to Janet King at jking@Nashville-MDHA.org.

Check the calendar link on this website for on-going information about the meetings’ date, time, and location.

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Agendas for Current and Past Coalition Meetings Listed Below by Date

AGENDAS LINKED BELOW BY DATE:

The mission of the Edgehill Neighborhood Coalition is to:  

  • Help protect Edgehill by creating a sense of place and social fabric focused on its unique 150 year history and rich racial, cultural, and socio-economic diversity;
  • Offer pathways for civic engagement (the foundation of our democracy) in Edgehill by helping each other actively shape the place in which we live;
  • Collectively problem-solve by engaging Edgehill’s residents to address concerns and opportunities that face us as a community; and
  • Make genuine, long-lasting improvements to our neighborhood’s livability for ALL of Edgehill’s residents.

2017 Meeting Agendas

Final Edgehill Coalition Aug 17 pdf

July 20th Edgehill Coalition Meeting Agenda

May 18 Edgehill Coalition Meeting Agenda final

Edgehill Coalition Meeting -April 20, 6-00- 7-30 Salama

March meeting was about the Hawkins Street Project and South Street Traffic Calming (See blog posting about both on this website.)

Agenda Feb. 18- EH Coalition v3

Backup of Jan 17 Coalition Meeting Agenda

 

2016 Meeting Agendas

EDGEHILL COMMUNITY MEETING Dec. 15, 2016 copy

Nov. 17 Agenda Edgehill Coalition

Edgehill Coalition Meeting Oct 20 2016

ENC Agenda Sept 15, 2016

No August 2016 Meeting

July 21 Edgehill Neighborhood Coaltion Agenda

Edgehill Coalition Meeting June 16 2016

Edgehill Neighborhood- Coalition Meeting May 19

ENC Agenda April 21

Edgehill Neighborhood​ Coalition Agenda March 17th

Agenda Feb. 18- EH Coalition revised agenda copy

Edgehill Neighborhood Coalition Agenda Thursday Jan. 21st

2015 Meeting Agendas

Edgehill coalition 12-15 meeting notes

Edgehill Coalition Meeting Nov. 23rd Agenda

Agenda- Meeting with Edgehill Community and Metro Nashville Planning Department –

10-19-2015EDGEHILL STRATEGY MEETING ATTENDANCE – Updated (First meeting to form coalition- no agenda)

 

Plan to Play- 10 Year Plan for Metro Parks- Includes New Parks in Edgehill- Presentation July 20th at 6:00 pm.

Please take a moment to go to nashville.gov and link to the Parks &Recreation Department to find the just released 10 year plan for  Parks called “Plan to Play.”

The plan is lengthy (over 250 pages.) If you are short on time some key highlights as it pertains to our neighborhood are two specific capital projects.  The first is the replacement of the Easley Community Center with a 30,000 sq ft regional community center. (See Page 147.)
The second is to extend the Greenway from the South Gulch to South Street. If you have walked the bridge over 12th Ave South to go to the Gulch, you know that it is less than ideal from a safety standpoint.  (See Page 141.)
You will find a list of program opportunities, i.e. after school programs, senior activities, etc on pages 162-163.  We need programs for all our residents particularly as we go through the redevelopment of Edgehill homes.

On page 151 you find information on adding 65 playgrounds and enhancing existing ones throughout the city.  Our own Tony Rose park would be a great one to enhance.

For the complete report see http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Plan-To-Play.aspx  For more information, plan to attend the Edgehill Coalition meeting at Salama (1205 8th Ave.South) at 6:00 p.m. Metro will be discussing how this plan will impact Edgehill.

South Street Traffic Calming Study Update

Thanks to the leadership of Ronnie Miller, Janet Shands, Rachel Zijlstra and other coalition leaders, the negotiations with the Music Row Development group (seeking a SP approval from our community) successfully led to our engagement with RPM Transportation Consultants and to Edgehill’s selection to participate in The Metro Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (MNTMP). This program and its consultants are designed to help mitigate the effects of speeding and cut-through traffic in residential neighborhoods. As major roadways and intersections in Nashville become more congested, motorists often resort to using local residential streets to bypass congestion. All of us living close to South Street experience this everyday.

The MNTMP program worked with coalition leaders to find solutions for accommodating growth in a way that can protect neighborhoods from the negative impacts of traffic. Specifically, they provided a process for us to identify and address problems related to speeding motorists, excessive traffic volumes and overall concern for safety on residential streets. This started with data collection and analysis. The attached pdf is a summation of the data gathered.
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/5a229359047a983f5539dac10/files/92a1f0dd-674e-4bd2-b1ae-bfaadf3c2722/Edgehill_Traffic_Calming_Presentation_030217.pdf

As a result of the coalition’s work with RPM Transportation Consultants to further develop and evaluate the various requirements, benefits and trade-offs of traffic calming techniques and devices within this part of our neighborhood. (A special thank you to the RPM Consultants and to Rev. Turner at New Hope Baptist Church for hosting a very productive meeting on March 23rd.)

The repaving of 16th Avenue S. is on track for occurring this month (you most likely have already noticed the milling and temporary striping that was done a week or so ago). The intersection improvements identified for South St/16th Ave S will be implemented with this effort so you should see some movement here soon on that. The second half of the design plans (intersection improvements for South St/14thAve S) are being reviewed by our head Engineer and should be submitted MPW within the next week or two. Given the queue, these improvements will be implemented after those on 16th Ave S.  Just wanted to let you know that you will be seeing phases of implementation versus all at once, as questions from residents may pop up as they start to see measures implemented. A special thank you to  Liesel Goethert, Traffic Calming Coordinator for Metro Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to get in touch with the coalition at edgehillcoalition@gmail.com