Regular municipal meeting and public hearings begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall

By Josh Arntz
The Dickson Herald

Published May 2, 2012

The White Bluff Town Council will open public hearings at 7 p.m. for making Jordan Street a one-way corridor and annexing town parcels left out of a 2006 annexation ordinance.

Town officials also will hear the first reading for the 2012-13 budget; discuss a resolution setting the 2012 election date for mayor and two council members; and consider the second reading of an ordinance amending Planned Unit Development requirements.

The council previously moved the town’s regular election scheduled April 30, 2011 to coincide with the November 2012, accompanying the state and federal general election.

The change of date is expected to save the town thousands of dollars by piggybacking with the state and federal November election.

Jordan Street traffic

The council approved an ordinance changing Jordan Street to a one-way road in a first reading during April’s regular meeting.

Mayor Linda Hayes explained the police, fire (EMS) and street departments suggested the change for safety, speed issues and traffic congestion at the “dangerous” and “confusing” 3-way intersection with Old Charlotte Road and U.S. Highway 70.

The proposed change would establish traffic flowing northbound from U.S. Highway 70 down Jordan Street to Taylor Town Road.

Annexing Aulidge Loop parcels

The governing body approved an ordinance during March’s regular meeting annexing five Aulidge Loop land parcels, inadvertently left out of a previous annexation ordinance (No. 253). The omissions created “islands of unincorporated areas within the corporate limits of White Bluff,” reads the new ordinance.

The town’s planning commission recommended during their regular February meeting that the town council annex the property.

The text of a May 2006 ordinance annexing multiple parcels within town limits does not match the map attached to that ordinance. Two parcels were “misidentified” and three parcels weren’t listed on the ordinance “while being clearly delineated on the map.”

The new ordinance corrects the discrepancies between the text and the map by annexing the five parcels in question.

PUD requirements

Also during March’s meeting, the council discussed an ordinance amending Planned Unit Development requirements for developers. The council tabled the discussion and requested a written opinion from the town’s community planning adviser about the proposed zoning amendment.

Rachael Ivie, GNRC regional planner for the town, explained the proposed amendment would provide more flexibility to developers at the preliminary master development plan phase, while giving the town’s planning commission the authority to request additional design professionals for the final master plan.

Ivie stated during a February planning commission meeting White Bluff’s PUD regulations are stricter than other cities of similar size and larger cities statewide.

Ivie noted upfront costs for developing a PUD are very high, and some developers may detour the process by requesting a rezone of the property.

Presently PUD applicants are required to have a civil engineer and one other professional – registered landscape architect, registered architect or a planner – for preliminary development submissions.

In the letter, Ivie stated the recommended PUD regulations change would not require a developer applying for a PUD to employ multiple design professionals if the additional professionals are not necessary for a project.

“The amendment gives more flexibility to tailor requirements to the development,” her letter reads, “while giving the Planning Commission the authority to request more information if the development type or location warrants it.

“Should the Planning Commission feel due to the size or condition of a development that an extra professional would be beneficial, they could request one be used in addition to the engineer,” she continued.

The council approved an ordinance during April’s meeting to amend zoning provisions governing PUD requirements to allow the planning commission and developers leniency in design professional requirements in preparation of a PUD master plan.

This ordinance does not require a public hearing.

Public hearings addressing the Jordan Street and Aulidge Loop parcels ordinances are scheduled for 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

A public hearing for a resolution to adopt a Plan of Service for the Aulidge Loop parcels also is on the agenda. Town services include sewer, water (Water Authority of Dickson County), trash collection, police and fire coverage, electricity (Dickson Electric System), natural gas (Greater Dickson Gas Authority), and street signs and lighting.

The council will consider the ordinances and resolutions in final readings during the regular meeting immediately following the hearings.