Public invited to review proposed plans at South Hartmann open house

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

People who live, work, do business along and travel Lebanon’s South Hartmann Drive corridor, along with property owners, community leaders, interested citizens and the general public, were invited to attend an open house Sept. 28 regarding the South Hartmann Gateway Plan. 

The open house will be from 5-7 p.m. at the Lebanon Airport at 1060A Franklin Road. Entry should be made at gate 2 behind Home Depot. 

The purpose of the open house is to present preliminary corridor plan recommendations, strategic market findings and recommendations and potential development scenarios and receive feedback and input about those plans. The meeting format will be come-and-go with information stations staffed by planners and note takers to record all public comments. 

“This is a key meeting at an important juncture in the work process for the plan for South Hartmann Drive,” said Lebanon planning director Paul Corder. “We’ll be presenting a lot of information, and we’re looking for specific feedback about the proposed ideas for the South Hartmann corridor, which is an important gateway entrance to our city.” 

Consultants Ragan-Smith Associates started work on the South Hartmann Gateway Plan in February to strengthen and enhance South Hartmann Drive. The corridor study area includes the portion of South Hartmann Drive that connects Highway 231 to the West Main Street gateway through the Interstate 40 interchange. The nine-month planning study includes mapping potential land uses, exploring potential development scenarios, identifying cultural and environmental resources along the corridor, identifying possible infrastructure improvements and making market recommendations based on demand for potential uses. 

“This public ppen house provides another opportunity for our citizens to weigh in with their ideas for South Hartmann Drive and help create a vision to guide development,” said Mayor Bernie Ash. “We have had excellent attendance and participation from our community at multiple meetings since February, and we encourage everybody to come out and review the proposed plans.  We know South Hartmann Drive is a major front door for Lebanon and has tremendous potential.  We installed some infrastructure years ago in expectation of growth along the roadway, and we have seen some growth.  However, we believe there is much more to come, and we want to be sure we plan correctly, with a close eye on what our citizens want and need.”

A Facebook page about the study was created to provide information and collect feedback. Visit Facebook @southhartmanndriveplan to like the page and receive updates. 

Ragan-Smith has worked on multiple development and planning projects and studies in the mid-state region. For information about the South Hartmann Gateway Plan, contact Corder at 615-444-3647or [email protected].


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