City Council_Tiger Hill Townhomes

This image by SEC Inc. shows the planned Tiger Hill Townhomes. MURFREESBORO

The Murfreesboro City Council approved on first reading a request by Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital to amend its existing zoning. The hospital is changing its logos on signs to include “Ascension,” among other things.

The hospital in October 2018 announced it would be changing its name. Ascension is a national Catholic healthcare system.

Teresa Stevens, city sign administrator, told the council on Nov. 19 that any changes to the Planned Signage Overlay requires city approval. In addition to “Ascension,” the hospital will adjust signs to help with traffic flow on the “large, atypical development,” which is 70.7 acres in size.

In other business, the council approved Tiger Hill Townhomes’ rezoning on first reading. The request was to rezone from Commercial Highway to Planned Residential Development.

The townhomes will be built on about 12.56 acres at the end of Tiger Hill, just east of Shelbyville Pike and behind the Joe B. Jackson Parkway Walmart. It is across Shelbyville Pike from Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. A hill crests in the middle of the site, city documents show.

The site is owned by M & W Murfreesboro Joint Venture (Mickey Mitchell). Randall B. Smith and Michael Katsaitis of Celebration Homes are the applicants. SEC Inc. is the engineer.

Matthew Blomeley, assistant planning director, said 2.1 acres on the site will be left as CH zone and used as outparcels. The residential use will have a density of 5.6 dwelling units per acre.

Rob Molchan of SEC said just more than 40 percent of the residential site will be left as open space. There will be sidewalks in the neighborhood.

The townhomes will have a minimum of 1,700 square feet of living area and two or more bedrooms.

The council also approved on first reading an ordinance allowing compensation for Planning Commission members and Water Resources Board members to be set by resolution rather than ordinance. The vote was 6-0-1; Shawn Wright abstained.

Also, the council approved a resolution amending the compensation for members of these two boards. The vote was 7-0.

Assistant Planning Director Matthew Blomeley said the recommendation was to increase the Planning Commission compensation to $400 per month and Water Board members to $300 per month.

The compensation for Planning Commission members has not changed since 2001, city documents say.

“Updating the compensation is warranted given the significant timeframe and the amount of work required from this body as the city grows,” documents say.

The Planning Commission typically meets twice a month, Blomeley said.

Planning Commission members had been receiving $200 per month. The change will cost $8,400; the money for the remainder of this fiscal year will come from savings in the department. The change takes effect Jan. 1.

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