The Rutherford County Commission unanimously approved rezoning a portion of the Springhouse neighborhood Thursday for the creation of the Nature Walk subdivision.
A revised plan recently gained approval from members of the Rutherford County Planning Commission.
“This area has several other planned residential developments, so it is aligned with the area,” Planning Director Doug Demosi said, as he spoke to the County Commission before members voted on the rezoning request. “The Planning Commission has recommended approval of this request.”
The approval process has taken nearly three months due to delays and subsequent negotiations after the original proposal was met with resistance from homeowners in the Springhouse subdivision.
“I appreciate the fact that the developers worked with the residents of Springhouse (subdivision), and from what I can tell, no one is upset about the revised proposal,” Commissioner Will Jordan (Dist. 3) said during an October meeting in reference to the owners of Park Trust Development.
The Park Trust Development is jointly by John Harney and Bob Parks, who also developed some of the nearby subdivisions and apartment complexes in the Blackman community.
Nearly 75 acres in the Springhouse subdivision is now zoned as a planned residential development for Nature Walk, which will comprise 165 single family homes on lots roughly half the size of what is in Springhouse.
The main entrance to Nature Walk will be located on Franklin Road near Veterans Parkway.
Compared with the original Springhouse master plan, the proposal still results in an increase of 29 more houses than what was originally approved by the County Commission five years ago.