PC clears way for TCPS land sale
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Jul 23, 2014 | 1381 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission has approved an amendment to Planned Urban Development 11 for about 17 acres located on Georgetown Road and Villa Drive.

According to the planning commission packet, “Tennessee Christian Preparatory School has a potential purchaser for the property which would like to construct some apartments on the property.”

The potential buyer, John Shumate of Shumate Developments, presented his concept for an apartment complex to the commission during a meeting Tuesday.

“They needed a change in the parking requirement and the density as well,” City planner Corey Divel said.

Shumate Developments is the company that built and manages the Brookes Edge apartments on Adkisson Drive.

Shumate said the company wanted an amendment to the parking requirement so it could have less paved parking area and more green space. He said the company will limit the number of cars that can park at the apartment development to two cars per unit.

“We have a lot of one-bedrooms in there [40 percent of the development],” Shumate said.

According to the planning commission packet, “The proposed development would require an increase in the density requirements to allow 16.3 units per acre, as well as a decrease in the parking requirements to 1.61 parking spaces per unit.”

The amendments allow more apartments on the property.

Planning Commission member Larry Presswood said he felt in the future amending PUD and approval of the project should be considered at the same meeting. Divel said sometimes, as in this case, whether the PUD gets amended determines if the property owner will build on the site, or look at other location options. In this case, whether Shumate buys the property from TCPS depends on the PUD being amended.

Shumate assured the planning commission that limiting the vehicles to two per apartment would eliminate any parking issues.

He said reducing the number of parking spaces decreases the amount of asphalt and is more environmentally friendly.

The plan is also being supported in cities concerned with preserving grassy areas to reduce stormwater runoff.

The Commission also approved an amendment to PUD 5 in order to “remove references to the requirements of a condominium development, remove the process of a development order and provide an the option for the city of Cleveland to accept Emmyllie Court as a city street and retaining all other features of ordinance 2006-26 and 2009-34 in full force and effect.”

Divel said the changes simply take out processes Cleveland never really used, and updates changes to the specific project. The project was originally described as condominiums but now it will be developed as townhouses.

The PUD amendment was requested by Ted Moss for nearly 4 acres on Eveningside Drive and Emmyllie Court. Plat approval was also given for the proposed development.

All PUD amendments are subject to Cleveland City Council approval.

The board delayed implementing the Inman Street East District, so community concerns could be addressed.

Inman Street business owner Alma Dotson spoke to the planning commission about amendments community members wanted to the Inman Street East District. The district has been approved but has not been adopted for the proposed area.

“We don’t want any houses on Inman Street,” Dotson said.

She asked that any reference to “multifamily dwellings” being allowed in the district be removed.

Presswood said the intent was to allow mixed-use, such as businesses with apartments on the second floor.

Dotson said housing on Inman Street would not be an asset to the community. She added that it could present safety issues if small children lived on the street. She said there are many side streets where residential property could be developed.

Meetings have been held in the community on the topic.

Dotson said there are also enough gas stations in the area already.

“We want to keep that area nice as people come into [the city],” Dotson said. “We have a vision for Inman Street — beautiful, more commercial.”

Any existing structures would be grandfathered in as allowed in the new zoning.

Amending what the Inman Street East District allows will be discussed at the next meeting.

The planning commission also approved:

n a “request by Chris Farmer for final plat approval of revised lots 14 and 15 of Davis Heights IV … Property is located on Holiday Drive and West Lake Dr[ive] and is zoned R1 (Single-family Residential).”

n a “request by Michael J. Shaver for final plat approval of Lynndale Park Subdivision, resubdivision of lot 38 … Property is located at Travis Street and Key Street N.W. and is zoned R3 (high density multifamily dwelling).”