Jack Byrnes served as chairman of the Planning Commission during a significant period of growth in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.
Now a street leading off Veterans Parkway to the city’s newest school, Overall Creek Elementary on the growing west side, has been named in his honor.
“During his tenure as Planning Commission chairman, Jack Byrnes presided over adoption of a new zoning ordinance and a comprehensive rezoning of the entire City as well as the adoption of a Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the City,” said Commission Chair Bob Lamb. “Mr. Byrnes was a valuable member of the Planning Commission for many years. We really learned a lot about serving on the Commission from a true role model.”
Former Chairman Byrnes was appointed to the Planning Commission on July 3, 1980. He became chairman in July of 1982 and served in that leadership capacity until June 18, 1997. Byrnes was also a well-known homebuilder in Rutherford County with a reputation for building quality homes.
“Our family is proud of dad’s long service on the Planning Commission and grateful that the City is honoring him in this way,” said Dr. Mark Byrnes, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU. “Given that all three of his son’s attended Murfreesboro City Schools, we’re especially pleased that the street named in his honor will lead to the City’s new Overall Creek Elementary school.”
The Planning Commission approved the street naming of Jack Byrnes Drive during its commission meeting on Tuesday, July 22. The street is located on a 2.17 acre plat developed by Swanson Development west of Otter Trail and east of Veterans Parkway.