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Plan for subdivision on golf course acres gets initial thumbs down

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A proposal to turn a North Mt. Juliet golf course into a mega subdivision got a thumbs down from the planning commission.

Even with the negative recommendation, the project still heads to the Mt. Juliet City Commission for review in June. The project did, however, get a positive recommendation from city staff, with some recommendations.

Density and traffic were the major sticklers. Windtree Golf Course owners Monty Mires and Danny Hale stated their case to turn the 150-plus-acre golf course on Nonaville Road into a subdivision that - upon build out - would showcase about 360 homes and 144 townhomes. Already Nonaville Road sees 9,500 cars a day. It's estimated with developments the road will eventually see 3,000 more vehicles.

Developers basically told the planning commission the golf course no longer was getting the best bang for the buck, and after much contemplation decided to turn the course into a residential property.

According to Mt. Juliet Deputy Public Works Director Andrew Barlow, the owners of the course also developed Indian Lake in Hendersonville and Five Oaks in Lebanon.

The acres are now zoned park and green space and have been host to many fund-raising golf tourneys since the late 1980's. Barlow said a traffic study indicated there would have to be much improvement and widening to Nonaville Road with two left lanes and possibly a "roundabout," to take care of traffic generated from the subdivision.

"The commissioners concluded there needs to be a lot more improvement to the plan," Barlow said. "Less homes, less density and some concessions like roadway improvements. Basically, it needs to go back to the drawing board."

Already many acres across the street are for sale and zoned for apartments. And there was recent approval to build a second Mt. Juliet high school nearby on North Greenhill Road.

The project is in District 1 Commissioner Ray Justice's jurisdiction. He said the developers' concessions included pitching in on already-planned road improvements which include another left turn lane on Nonaville Road to Lebanon Road, as well as widening the road up to Windtree Trace subdivision. Also, there was discussion of another exit at Cedar Creek Drive and work with several cul de sacs. Justice said he's not a fan of the "roundabout" suggestion.

"The planning staff and property owners are continuing to work through the challenges that are inherent in a project this large," Justice said. "I have full confidence in both that the development will provide a quality project with the least impact on the community."

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