By RACHAEL LONG
At its Feb. 11 meeting, the Brentwood Board of Commissioners will hear Ordinance 2019-02 to rezone a tract of city-owned land where it could create a fifth fire station.
The land is located at 9551 Split Log Road, and the ordinance on Monday’s agenda proposes a change to the land’s zoning from suburban residential to service institution.
According to city documents, Brentwood Fire and Rescue’s strategic plan identified a future need for a fifth fire station in the southeastern part of the city. The strategic plan identified an ideal location for the next fire station, along Split Log Road between the Northumberland Subdivision and the intersection of Split Load and Ragsdale Roads.
The purchased property is not directly located in the preferred area, however, it only lies about 375 feet east and is far enough away from existing residential properties to provide a buffer from fire station activities.
Before the city purchased the tract in November 2018, a concept plan for the lot was developed to determine the suitability of the land for development of a fire station.
In its concept plan, an informal site proposal, the area of the proposed two-story building would be approximately 11,000 square feet. The proposed exterior design and materials would be similar to those used on residential structures in the area.
The new station would house one response unit and one crew and may even include accommodations for one ambulance crew.
The informal plans also suggest that additional plantings would be provided in the buffer between the building and Split Log Road and adjacent residential properties.
At this time, none of the city’s proposed plans are not a development plan and do not include detailed engineering. Rezoning the property is the first step in this process.
In its online agenda listing, the ordinance proposal states that the city does not anticipate design work to begin on a new station until FY 2023. That schedule is subject to change depending on the availability of future capital funding.
If the Board of Commissioners approve the ordinance on first reading, a community meeting will be held Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Safety Center East. The meeting will include owners of properties located within 1,000 feet of the property proposed for rezoning.
Brentwood’s Planning Commission will provide a review and recommendation on March 4.
The next step for an approved ordinance is a public hearing, which would be held on March 11. Second and final reading of the ordinance is tentatively scheduled for March 25.