The Murfreesboro Planning Commission approved several requests for property development Wednesday -- proof that the real estate market is coming back to life in Rutherford County.
Unanimously approved were preliminary plats and site plans, including 15 lots at the Villages of Berkshire on Brinkley Road by Benefield & Parks LLC and a tractor trailer storage facility on Joe B. Jackson Parkway by NHK Seating Inc.
The commission also considered a request by Wilson Bank & Trust to resubdivide property that company officials want to develop within the Gateway Overlay on Medical Center Parkway.
City Planning Director Joseph Aydelott confirmed that his staff had advised the project’s architect prior to the meeting. The submitted plans included abandonment of a utility easement, which planning staff felt should remain in place.
Aydelott added the developer had agreed to leave a present utility easement in place, rather than requesting abandonment.
“Are you fine with all this?” Chairman Bob Lamb asked the architect.
“Um, yeah,” replied the architect, evoking laughter from commission members.
The plat received unanimous approval.
Business then moved to more a in-depth discussion of proposed residential plats and plans for several high density developments throughout the city.
Vantage Development submitted a site plan for approval, which included 60 multi-family units on six acres along Bradyville Pike.
Commissioner Kathy Jones inquired whether proper enclosures and landscaping would be included around trash compactors located behind the development.
Bradley Carroll of Vantage Development and engineers involved with the project agreed to add the improvements to the site plan, and the proposal then gained unanimous approval.
The commission then heard from Bill Huddleston of Huddleston-Steele Engineering Inc., engineer for developers RMR, LLC, seeking approval for 35 lots on 15 acres along North Rutherford Boulevard and Greenland Drive.
Huddleston pointed to extra precautions that his firm advised in order to deal with drainage issues arising from sink holes located within the tract.
“There are new ways to deal with the sink holes, but we would rather they just not build near them,” Huddleston said.
Aydelott pointed out that sink holes were a problem within the tract and that special consideration needed to be specifically cited in the approved site plan.
“This just needs to be wordsmithed better to make sure that the developer is properly advised to meet with the city engineer and planning staff concerning the sink holes,” he said.
Huddleston agreed to the additional language and the site plan was approved unanimously.