BY: Andy Humbles | Nashville Tennessean – Gallatin to look at plan for 2,290 home on Bowles property; commercial, office space included
A mixed-use plan that includes more than 2,000 homes, commercial and office space and a business park will be considered by the Gallatin City Council in the coming weeks.
The Bowles property includes more than 655 acres north of Red River Road and east of State Route 109 in Sumner County, according to planning documents.
The preliminary plan calls for a variety of residential units to total 2,290.
There are 1,040 detached single-family homes and 140 attached single-family homes in the plan. About 65% of the single-family homes are dedicated for ages 55-over, according to documents from EDGE Planning, Landscape Architecture & Urban Design, representing the applicant.
Kolter Land is the developer. A name for development has yet to be announced, Kolter Land President Jim Harvey said.
The commercial and office portion of the Bowles development is projected at 1.1 million square feet. The business park is projected to be 1.8 million square feet.
“We would plan to initiate the first phase, which would consist of the residential portions of the project shortly after zoning approvals with completion by end of 2022,” Harvey said. “The business park and retail-mixed-use (portion of the project) would likely follow in a second phase with the full build out in 10 years.”
The Albert Gallatin Avenue Extension, currently under construction and connecting to Highway 109, is envisioned as the primary access to the Bowles development, Gallatin planner Jillian Ogden said.
Upgrades for Red River Road, which is Highway 25, are also associated with the development, Ogden said.
A network of trails and sidewalks are proposed with the plan along with keeping 177 acres as open space with a 14-acre public park and greenway easement.
A greenway trail along a creek is part of the plan as well, Harvey said.
Gallatin’s planning commission has recommended approval to annex the property into the city. The planning commission has also given a positive recommendation to rezone the land along with a preliminary master development plan, Ogden said.
The plan will now move on to the Gallatin City Council.
Annexation approval will require one passing vote by the city council with a public hearing. Rezoning with a preliminary plan will need two approval votes by the council.
“I’m happy one developer brought it and is doing a comprehensive plan,” Gallatin Councilman Jimmy Overton said. “One plan is a much better product than several developers buying pieces of property. Also, the city has more control.”
The Bowles property plan is scheduled to go before the council for the first time next week with additional meetings expected to follow after an initial review before a final vote is taken, Ogden said.
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SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean