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Tuckers target of home development
May 24, 2006 12:00 am
May 19, 2006 — Last heard by county officials in 2004, a request to rezone nearly 1,400 acres near East Wilson County's Tuckers Crossroads community for a planned residential development is set to appear before county planners Friday.
Located on the southeast quadrant of the intersection of Bluebird and Bobo roads, the 1,395-acre tract is owned by Cookeville-based Hall Investments L.P., Wilson County Planner Tom Brashear said.
At Friday's Wilson County Planning Commission meeting, representatives from the real estate investment company will seek to see the property rezoned from agricultural to moderate-density residential, Brashear explained.
"They want to go from A-1 to R-2 (zoning)," he said, adding Hall Investments plans to build 2,531 residential units on the property.
A master plan for the site on file with Brashear's office indicates the company may also develop a golf course as well as some commercial projects.
"It's showing a golf course community with planned residential in different pods with different density calculations for each one," Brashear said. "Up at the actual intersection, it's showing commercial zoning, which exists. Then, they're taking part of the existing commercial zoning and proposing a fire station, a golf maintenance shed, a water and wastewater treatment facility and green space."
Although in a slightly different form, the proposal last appeared before county planners in September 2004, planning records indicated. Then known as Five H Properties, Hall Investments ultimately withdrew a request to rezone the property for residential development, Brashear recalled.
As reported by The Lebanon Democrat, the Water and Wastewater Authority of Wilson County's board of directors did, however, vote to provide water and sewer service to the property in January 2005.
Greg Mabey, a property manager working on the project, said more concrete details regarding Hall Investments' plans would be presented at Friday's meeting.
"In all fairness to everybody, I would prefer to wait until the Planning Commission meeting … That way, you get all of the facts," Mabey said.
The rezoning request will likely draw a number of residents, many of them farmers in and around the Tuckers Crossroads community, including 31-year-old Jack Pratt Jr.
A lifelong resident of the area, Pratt said this week he was concerned by the rezoning request, although he conceded others in the area might be in favor of the project.
"I don't believe that our area – the Tuckers Crossroads/Linwood Road area – is nearly ready for any kind of development that could potentially bring thousands of houses into a concentrated area," he said. " … I don't think we have the infrastructure in place. The roads surrounding that area over there are rural, one-lane roads, and where are we going to put those children in school if we do have a big development like that?"
Though he conceded it might be "kind of hard" for residents to attend Friday's mid-morning meeting, Pratt said he expects to several surrounding property owners – some in favor of the development and others wary – in attendance.
Describing larger lots of five to 10 acres as more suitable for the Tuckers Crossroads area, Pratt said chief among his concerns is the prospect of the rezoning opening the area for further development.
"You've got other great, big blocks of land that's surrounding that property," he said. "It's not just going to stop there. That kind of starts the domino effect of the housing boom. This would just be the first domino to fall, so to speak."
Staff Writer Brian Harville can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 16 or by e-mail at email@example.com.