By MATT MASTERS
The Brentwood Planning Commission met for the their August meeting on Monday where they honored a former and longtime planning commissioner, approved an ordinance amendment to banners on light poles and approved the next steps in the construction of a unique future home.
The commission, which was short Chairman Janet Donahue, recognized former planning commissioner Sandi Wells, presenting her with a Service Award plaque for 15 years of service.
“For your service and dedication, thank you very much, from the bottom of our hearts,” Commissioner Stevan Pippin said.
The commission unanimously approved an ordinance amending several sections of the Chapter 78 municipal code, a zoning ordinance that would allow the installation of fabric banners on parking lot poles in commercial and service institution zoning districts.
According to the final staff report, the amendments were developed, in part, after the Ravenwood High School principal requested the amendments to allow the 2018-19 senior class to gift a set of banners to the school.
The proposal was approved on first reading by the Board of Commissioners on July 8 and the public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12 with final reading scheduled for Aug. 26.
The proposal would allow for Zoning District C-1 to change from no allowance for banners to allowing for banners that display generic, seasonal or holiday graphics with no commercial messaging for a specific product or business.
The banner could be up to 10 square feet and the proposal would allow them on up to 25 percent of interior light poles.
Zoning District C-2, which currently can have unlimited decorative banners displayed on light poles in planned commercial retail or mixed use development, would change to allow for unlimited banners that display generic, seasonal or holiday graphics and/or the name or logo of the development. No commercial messaging for a specific product or business would be allowed. These banners could be up to 10 square feet.
Zoning Districts C-3 and C-4 would reflect the proposed changes to C-2.
For Zoning Districts SI-1, currently temporary signs, including banners, are limited to two per lot at a given time, such as construction signs or political preference signs, with a size requirements of no more than 32 square feet. No allowances are currently made for banners mounted on light poles.
The proposed code would allow banners to be displayed on interior parking lot light poles within the SI district. Banners would be allowed to display generic, seasonal or holiday graphics and/or the name or logo of the development. No commercial messaging for a specific product or business would be allowed. These banners could be up to 10 square feet and the proposal allow them on up to 25 percent of interior light poles.
Zoning Districts SI-2, SI-3 and SI-3 would share the same proposed code as SI-1.
The commission unanimously approved a Revised Overlay Site Plan Review for a lot on Longstreet Circle in the Brentwood Hills Subdivision.
The revision for the unique, multi-level home that will partially be supported by steel beams that act as legs, was reduced in square footage from the September 2018 proposal of 6,900 square feet to 5,756 square feet for the future home.
Several neighbors made public comments in support of the home but did express concerns with the lack of space on the road for heavy equipment and other construction vehicles to turn around or park.
The Planning and Codes Department Administration said that it would be a major project to widen the road or cul de sac in order to give more room for vehicle to turn around. They advised that if private property were damaged by construction traffic then they could file a notice.
The commission unanimously approved eight items on the consent agenda without discussion.
Items included a limited duration event featuring the Nashville Corvette Club at Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home Sept. 14 and four revised site plans to add minor additions to business and a church, including an emergency generator and a prayer garden.
The commission also approved three final plats as part of the Traditions and Oman subdivisions and the Rice Property. Ragan Smith Associates, the applicants in both subdivisions, had 27 lots on 28 acres approved in the Traditions while they had 21 lots on 33 acres approved in the Oman subdivision.
The Monthly Security Report reported $1.4 million less than last month’s letters of credit. The report was approved unanimously.
Brentwood also announced that Allison Henry had recently been hired as a planner or the city.
The commission also unanimously approved the minutes from the July meeting.