County planners approve 41 lots in two subdivisions

Friday, April 20, 2007
Photo by Clint Confehr Richard Cheney, left, business development manager for Waste Management, confers with John Williams, right, the company's attorney during a recess in Chancery Court.

Senior Staff Writer

Marshall County planning commissioners this week approved two housing subdivision plans that could result in the construction of 41 homes, according to the county building official and his records.

The largest of the two is Stammer Glen on Eagleville Pike where developer Ron Lampley has been consulting with Chapel Hill officials about annexation of the proposed 33-lot subdivision that abuts the town line, Building Official Don Nelson said.

"It was going to have a STEP system," Nelson said of a Septic Tank Effluent Pump system for sewage treatment. "But it's on the Chapel Hill border and the city is considering annexation, so sewer service could be from the city."

STEP systems include a tank for each home, but instead of field lines, sewers carry wastewater to a larger, communal system that may use a drip system and sand filtration.

"The town's water and sewer superintendent signed the plat," Nelson said, thereby indicating on the subdivision map that the city can provide those utilities.

County planning commissioners unanimously voted to grant final plat approval, as they did on a request for the other housing subdivision's map, Nelson said.

Northside Estates, an eight-lot subdivision was proposed by Matt Williams on Smiley Road across from Overland Meadows, county records show.

Homes planned in Northside Estates are to be comparable to those on Overland Meadows, Nelson said. Water service for the new subdivision is to come from the county's water utility. Sewage treatment will be by septic tanks at each of the eight new homes.

Other requests granted by planning commissioners during their Tuesday afternoon meeting include the following.

Plans for a new Mooresville Baptist Church on three acres at 1030 Bryant Cemetery Road were reviewed and final site plan approval was granted.

A recommendation for rezoning two acres at 4920 Eagleville Pike was forwarded to the Marshall County Commission for consideration at its meeting in May. Larry McKrella wants the land rezoned so he may operate a motor vehicle repair shop. The land is now classified for agriculture use.

Renewal of approval for a 142-lot subdivision as requested by Gary Finley was granted Tuesday. The Chapel retreat subdivision on Lowry Road had been granted preliminary plat approval, meaning a map for the proposed development had passed initial inspection. Such approval can expire if final plat approval isn't sought or granted within a certain period of time.

Also Tuesday, planning commissioners agreed to meet again at 5 p.m. on April 30 in the Courthouse Annex on Lewisburg's public square where they plan to continue their discussion on the prospect of changing the county's subdivision regulations and its zoning resolution

Planning commissioners are "very motivated" to explore ideas presented during a recent seminar in Shelbyville where a nationally-recognized planning consultant reviewed so-called "smart growth" concepts on how to control new development to minimize its impact on a community.