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Community Zoning Meeting Held
Several points were discussed and the Chaffin's agreed to ask that the Planning Commission defer at its 9-14 meeting the request for a zone change to RM15. The Chaffin's presented a plan which would require an RM9 zone change and had a drawing of the proposed condominium complex. Some of the opinions expressed were:

Concerns as to whether the condominiums, proposed to be 80% brick, two story, and be 1400 to 1500 sqft., would have garages or car ports. The drawing did not depict any garages.

Concerns were expressed as to the ability of Collins Rd., with or without widening, to handle the increased traffic congestion that will come from the 17 homes proposed in Collins Crest and the additional cars that would come from the proposed condominiums. Many expressed concern for lengthy delays getting out onto Highway 100 via Collins Rd.; thereby, leading to increased/new cut through traffic in Poplar Creek Estates.

Concerns were expressed about whether the zone change would lead to future zone changes down Collins Rd. such that it becomes filled with Condominiums.

Councilman Tygard, while stating that he had no opinion on the project as he had not seen any details prior to the meeting, stated that the real estate market demand is growing for condominiums. Councilman Tygard did state that the Chaffin's had talked to him about an RM15 zoning change which he stated he did not like and he did not think residents would approve.

The concensus among those present was that the zoning remain as it currently is allowing for single family homes. Mr. Chaffin did review 13 other building options permissible with the current zoning which include mobile homes, cemetery, rehab facility, etc. For any of these, the property owner wouldn't need anything more than a building permit. Mr. Chaffin in no way indicated he would be pursuing any of these other options should his zoning request not get approved. Simply stated, he wanted to get the most money for his property.

What Poplar Creek Residents can do:
Metro’s Planning Commission suggests contacting Charlie Tygard, the district 35 councilman, to voice your opinion. Charlie’s number is 256-7146 or 243-3295. You may also contact the Metro Planning Commission to voice your opinion for or against the measure. At present, Planning's Staff has disapproved the request and the next step would be a Planning Commission hearing should the Chaffin's choose to pursue an RM15 or RM9 zone change. Until it comes out of Planning approved or disapproved, it will not go before the Metro Council.

Additionally, you may send an email to poll@poplarcreekestates.org stating your opinion, name, and address. As a service to our homeowners and the district, the Poplar Creek Estates Homeowners Association will collect all emails and present them to councilman Tygard to illustrate the opinions of the community’s residents on the zoning change request. Councilman Tygard did ask for written opinions and even provided cards at the meeting which he indicated he would present to the Planning Commission when it holds a public hearing on the matter.

If you send an e-mail, please indicate "for" or "against" and you MUST provide your name and address as well. You may include any additional comments you choose.

The Poplar Creek Estates Board of Director's is taking no official position on this matter encouraging its residents to participate and voice their opinions.

Here are the details behind the request:

Zoning Change Request:
Request to change approximately 2.5 acres from agricultural and residential (AR2a) to multifamily residential (RM15) on property located at 8921 Collins Road.

Existing Zoning:
Ar2a District - Agricultural/residential requires a minimum lot size of 2 acres and intended for uses that generally occur in rural areas, including single family, two family, and mobile homes at a density of one dwelling unit per 2 acres.

Proposed Zoning:
RM15 District - RM15 is intended for singlefamily, duplex, and multifamily dwellings at a density of 15 dwelling units per acre.

Requested by:
A.W. Chaffin, applicant for A.W. Chaffin, Edna L. Chaffin, R.S. Chaffin, Melissa L. Chaffin, Don Einwag, and Sherrill D. Einwag, owners

Metro Planning Staff’s Position:
**Metro Planning Commission staff has disapproved the request for the zone change. The requested RM15 is not consistent with the area’s RLM policy because it allows for up to 15 dwelling units per acre, while RLM policy stipulates between 2 and 4 dwelling units per acre.



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Member Opinions:
By: DINO on 9/23/06
AS FOR MY OPINION AND THAT OF MY HUSBAND WE ARE TOTALLY AGINST ANYTHING OTHER THAN SINGLE FAMILY HOMES ON THE PROPOSED PROPERTY-COME ON IF CHAFFIN PUTS IN MOBILE HOMES OR DUPLEXES WE ARE ALL DOOMED. JUST WHEN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD HAS MADE A MAJOR STEP UP IN BELLEVUE AS FAR AS A REALLY NICE AREA TO LIVE.CHAFFIN WANTS TO TRASH THE WHOLE AREA AND MAKE US CHARLOTTE PARK ON THIS SIDE OF RIVER ROAD. HELP! DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN. VOTE AGAINST ALL THESE PROPERTY LOWERING IDEAS-SEEMS LIKE THE CHAFFINS JUST WANT TO MAKE MONEY FOR THEIR OWN POCKETS. I REALLY THOUGHT THAT FAMILY WANTED THE BEST FOR OUR COMMUNITY NOT TO TRASH IT-THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR TO ONE SPEAKS AGAIN. SO SAD-GUESS WE WILL ALL HAVE TO SELL FAST AND MOVE ELSEWHERE-JUST WHEN THE WHOLE AREA WAS GROWING SO WELL AND WITH SUCH A SENSE OF CLASS.

By: MalloryParents on 9/23/06
Against the zoning change.

By: dianetom on 9/13/06
My opinion of Proposed Zoning:
RM15 District - RM15 is intended for singlefamily, duplex, and multifamily dwellings at a density of 15 dwelling units per acre/ Collins Rd.
AGAINST-No, NO, NO!!! I do not want any duplexes or apartments there! This will lower the value of our homes. Also, that type of dwelling tends to bring in people who are not committed to our community because they are in transition (move a lot for work etc.)or illegal immigrants who can afford the lower price of that type of housing. This in turn lowers the value of our homes & also lowers the quality of our schools. We have too many apts., duplexes, and townhomes in Bellevue as it is.
Diane Rosenburg
6749 Autumnwood Drive

By: dianetom on 9/13/06
My opinion of Proposed Zoning:
RM15 District - RM15 is intended for singlefamily, duplex, and multifamily dwellings at a density of 15 dwelling units per acre/ Collins Rd.
No, NO, NO!!! I do not want any duplexes or apartments there! This will lower the value of our homes. Also, that type of dwelling tends to bring in people who are not committed to our community because they are in transition (move a lot for work etc.)or illegal immigrants who can afford the lower price of that type of housing. This in turn lowers the value of our homes & also lowers the quality of our schools. We have too many apts., duplexes, and townhomes in Bellevue as it is.

By: cooltunesmann on 9/12/06
"Against"
John F. or Angela E. Von Mann
6557 Chessington Drive
Nashville, TN 37221
615-646-8251

By: lsarver on 9/10/06
RM15!? Against.

This is a single-family, owner-occupied, detached-housing neighborhood, and even so, it has already become congested due to recent growth. High-density housing would only exacerbate this problem. Multiple low-value (rental?) units would also change the nature of the neighborhood.

The proposal is absurd.

Lee Sarver
7117 Poplar Creek Trace

By: Kenwick on 9/10/06
Against

Linda S. Harris
Ronald K. Harris
904 Kenwick Court West
Nashville, TN 37221

By: poppymarv on 9/10/06
I oppose any change as thr road cannot accomadate more traffic.

marvin scheflin
6769 autumnwood dr.
poppymarv@comcast.net



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