Collegedale Getting Project With Estate-Size Lots, More Townhomes, Student Housing

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2023
  • Gail Perry

The Collegedale Commissioners approved rezoning several sites for new housing at the commission meeting Monday night. A zoning change was needed before plans to subdivide a large property at 10517 Lee Highway into 11 lots could move forward. That approval was given to change the zoning from C-2 Shopping Center Commercial to AG, Agricultural zone. Three of the lots will be in the city with the rest in Hamilton County.

The Collegedale Planning Commission had recommended to approve the plan by developer Barry Payne, who said he believed this is the best option for using the property. The development will result in a neighborhood of 3–5-acre estate size lots.

Another subdivision of 30 townhouse units is being planned for 9015 Jac Cate Road and 5560 Little Debbie Parkway. The request to rezone these parcels from C-2 Commercial Shopping Center to R-1-T, Residential Zero Lot Line Townhouses was approved after the planning commission recommended the zoning change. Mike Price with Mike Price Engineering, representing the owner, said when finished, the gated community would hold 30 townhouse units that would be sold from $500,000 to $600,000. Mr. Price said the development is not viable unless private roads are allowed that would give access to public roads. The developer would build the roads to standards set by the city and the city would then maintain them. The matter of allowing the private roads will be decided by the planning commission. The location is behind Pinnacle Bank and between Walmart and Little Debbie and is expected to attract residents for the walkability it will offer. This will be the second development of townhomes in Collegedale.

The third rezoning request was for 5061 Colcord Dr. from I-1, Industrial to U-1 University. This is a small piece of land that was once a McKee Plant #1 that has been demolished. This year Southern Adventist University saw an influx of students resulting in the need for more campus housing. The school is planning to build small cottage style homes for students there after the commissioners approved the rezoning on Monday night. The public will have the opportunity to weigh-in at a public hearing that will be held at the next commission meeting on Dec. 18 on all three of the zoning changes that were approved on the first reading Monday night.

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