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Planning for the future in Mt. Juliet

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MT. JULIET -- The final Mt. Juliet Planning Commission meeting for 2013 was the quietest of a very busy year.

The commission recommended approval of the final plat for the new Lifestyles Community to be located on Providence Parkway. The development is a townhome and apartment complex aimed at young single professionals.

The commission also approved the preliminary plat for phase 4 and the final plat for phase 3 of Providence Landing, which is located on Rutland Road between Central Pike and I-40. These two phases of the project will create 69 single-family residential lots.

The commission also recommended approval for allowing a high-density residential land use plan for the proposed Nichols Vale subdivision in north Mt. Juliet. Nichols Vale will create 380 new homes in the master planned community announced in October by its co-developers, Brentwood-based Pearl Street Partners LLC and Crescent Communities from Charlotte, N.C.

Nichols Vale was enthusiastically endorsed by North Side residents, business owners and city officials at its public hearing before the planning commission in November as a major step forward in the effort to revitalize and develop the northern section of town along Lebanon Road.

In its relatively brief meeting Thursday night, the commission also agreed to recommend the annexation and rezoning requests for Cypress Green on the corner of Lebanon and Greenhill Roads. The change would allow the land to be developed for medium-density residential projects and, along Lebanon Road, for commercial retail centers.

In addition, the commission recommended that the city provide fire, police and utility services to the site.

Finally, commission members also voted to change the required turning radius at the end of temporary cul-de-sacs from 35 feet to 45 feet to accommodate emergency vehicles and school buses.

One reason the meeting was so quiet, however, is that it portends another busy year in 2014. At the request of the developers involved, four separate agenda items were deferred until after the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.

Deferred items that will be taken up in the soon-to-arrive new year include:

A public hearing to review the final plat for Wright Farms section 3C, located off Central Pike.

Review of a revised preliminary master plan for the proposed Lynn Haven development.

Review of the plans for services and annexation of Tate Lane Properties, located on the lane of the same name.

Correspondent Connie Esh may be contacted at

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