By LANDON WOODROOF
In 2017, Williamson County Schools purchased 83 acres of land on Split Log Road to build a new elementary school and, eventually, a new middle school.
Jordan Elementary School is already well along in the construction process on this property, but WCS has decided that it does not actually need all of the land that it purchased.
Specifically, the district has decided that a roughly 13-acre, wedge-shaped piece of land on the east side of the property is extraneous.
On Monday night, Brentwood’s City Commission approved on first reading a request to rezone this land from SI-2 (Educational) to R-2 (Suburban Residential).
City Manager Kirk Bednar said the city’s assumption would be that the school district would sell the land for residential development and thus recoup some of the $8.6 million that it paid for the larger, 83-acre property.
WCS Facilities and Construction Director Kevin Fortney described the district’s request Monday.
“We just want to put it back where it was in concert with the rest of the surrounding areas, and we’ll go from there,” he said.
The City Commission had previously voted to rezone the land on Split Log Road from a residential to an institutional use to allow for WCS to build schools there. In effect, the commission is now being asked to reverse that action.
Fortney said that WCS will be putting in a request to have the 13-acre plot declared surplus property if the rezoning goes through.
Commissioner Rhea Little thanked Fortney for the school district’s decision to rezone the land it does not need. He said future residential development on that land would result in additional tax dollars coming to the city.
There are several more steps that need to be taken before the rezoning request is given final approval.
There will be a community meeting on the matter on March 27, the Planning Commission will consider it on April 3, a public hearing will be held at the City Commission meeting on April 9 and it will be considered on second and final reading by the City Commission on April 23.