Vets site annex gets OK from PC
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Dec 20, 2013 | 889 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Annexation of the proposed site for the Cleveland Bradley County State Veterans Home was approved by the Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission in a called session Thursday.

The Commission held the special meeting to ensure issues could be considered by the Cleveland City Council at its first meeting in January. Annexation is not final until approved by the City Council.

Consideration of the annexation came at the request of the American Legion, currently holding the property in trust.

A letter from American Legion Post 81 Trustee Mary Baier outlined the organization’s request.

The Commission had formerly approved the annexation; however, a state moratorium on annexation stopped the issue from being considered by the Council.

During the moratorium, only annexations at the request of a property owner can be approved.

Jonathan Jobe, director of Cleveland Development and Engineering, said the annexation would require two readings before the Council.

If the Council approves the annexation, it will go into effect 30 days after the final vote.

The only change from the original annexation request was the zoning requested for the site. The site will be zoned as a mixed-use site to comply with recent zoning changes on Westland Drive.

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland said approval of the annexation would help the project “overcome one or two hurdles.”

The State of Tennessee Real Estate and Asset Management recently listed what it judged to be four shortfalls with the current site, ranging from terrain issues to layout of the site. Those involved in the project locally have stood firm that any issues can be addressed to make the land suitable.

Also approved during the meeting were:

n Final platts for Taylor’s Village Townhomes.

n Substandard lot approval, so that a billboard can be sold.