New Development Spotlight
Brentwood maintains its strong residential character while affording opportunities for quality commercial and service institutional facilities in specific areas of the city. In addition to traditional commercial development on the northern and southern boundaries of the City, Brentwood is encouraging redevelopment opportunities in the targeted Town Center District on Brentwood’s northern edge.
Certainly, Brentwood is also experiencing a slowdown in development activity, reflecting the current global economic trends. Despite these adverse economic conditions, the Planning Commission continues to review ongoing proposals for development in our community. During the most recent five month period (September 2008 through January 2009), the Planning Commission approved the following development applications. return to top
A significant commercial project was approved within the Town Center District that will provide for two two-story structures hosting a combined area of 20,500 square feet. One structure will headquarter the Pinnacle Bank in Brentwood while the complementing building provides office and retail options to future tenants. Nearby, at the northwest corner of Franklin Road and Maryland Way, the Red Mountain Bank will soon be occupying an existing bank structure. A total renovation and upgrade to the existing facility was approved. Another existing building upgrade was approved at nearby Brentwood Station on Church Street to accommodate Spruce LLC, an interior design firm.
Within the Mallory Park commercial development on the southern edge of Brentwood, the Planning Commission approved an application for the Limited Treasures wholesaling facility, including 6,000 square feet of office space and 9,800 square feet of warehouse space. Also in south Brentwood at Westgate Commons, plans were approved to convert the former Green Hills Grille building to office space totaling 7,719 square feet.
Local Sonic Drive-In franchises on Franklin Road and Carothers Parkway received approval for exterior design upgrades. After consultation with the Planning Commission, original design ideas were modified for compatibility with the design standards of the community. return to top
Service-institutional development continues to provide for new and expanded institutional facilities to serve the residents of Brentwood. The Planning Commission endorsed a major expansion plan for Holy Family Catholic Church on Crockett Road. This church is located on 25 acres, and will add 43,617 square feet of building area for an educational wing, administration wing, youth ministries area, and an entrance feature addition. The Otter Creek Church of Christ on Franklin Road received approval for construction of their kindergarten educational facility planned at 35,000 square feet of interior space with supporting parking and landscaping enhancements. Another building addition of 4,000 square feet will soon be completed at the Fellowship Bible Church, also on Franklin Road. return to top
Residential development in Brentwood demonstrates the high quality of life in our community and the resultant popularity of our residential sector. Established subdivisions continue to complete successive phases of their projects. Recent final plat approvals of new sections in existing subdivisions include Taramore (21 lots) and Borgata (10 lots). Initial master planning is now approved in preliminary plan format for the Shire at Owl Creek on Concord Road at Waller Road. This 80 acre development will host 77 residential lots with a total of 54 acres of open space, composing 68 percent of the overall development. Entrance feature designs were endorsed for the Taramore development, and enhanced open space amenities were also approved at the Governors Club. Note that the Planning Commission has begun reviewing development plans under Brentwood’s new hillside protection ordinance, reviewing three residential plans in recent months for both new construction and building additions. return to top
Personal Wireless Service Facilities
The Planning Commission is charged with reviewing all applications for new or revised wireless facilities in Brentwood. Brentwood has adopted stringent codes for wireless facilities that encourage the use of existing structures for antennas rather than the erection of new towers and monopoles. Many of the wireless antennas in Brentwood are sited on existing TVA transmission line structures. Recently, TVA officials consulted with the Planning Commission, and new standards for these antennas were formally adopted. Another example of the community wireless criteria involved the approval of antenna mounts on existing light poles in the City’s Tower Park at Heritage Way. Through this strategy, citizen obtain the latest wireless technology without the obtrusive structures that blight some communities. return to top
Property Rights vs Prohibiting Growth
In less than three decades, Brentwood has grown from a modest community of less than 10,000 residents to an expansive city exceeding 35,000. As the City grows toward a projected population of 45,000 by 2020, many citizens question continued public approvals of additional subdivisions and other development.
The City must respect individual property rights that are guaranteed under federal and state law. To arbitrarily prohibit an owner from developing his property under the current zoning classification would expose the city to legal action including inverse condemnation of property.
Federal and state law allows Brentwood to control development through zoning and subdivision regulations. Within the zoning ordinance, the City can designate appropriate uses for land while still allowing productive use by the property owner.
Brentwood is recognized for its strict land use controls through its zoning and subdivision guidelines. Residents have long favored low density residential development that preserves more open space. This has been achieved through the one house per acre requirement minimum density for all residential development.
Landscape and buffering provisions further enhance the pastoral appearance of the City and protect residential property located adjacent to commercial and service institution land uses. Low density development helps to limit the service demands that would otherwise be placed on our streets, schools, and other support infrastructure. In this way, Brentwood has attempted to balance the development rights of property owners with the desire of the community to maintain low density development and lower infrastructure and service demands. return to top