May Town developers withdraw request for rehearing

Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 7:08pm

In a last-minute move, May Town Center developers asked for a request for a rehearing to be withdrawn from Metro Planning Commission's Thursday agenda.

The developers had been asking the panel to rehear the request for a zoning plan that was voted down June 25. The withdrawal — which passed unanimously — means the applicant has 60 days to bring a request for a rehearing.

An affirmative vote on the zoning change from the Planning Commission would bring the proposed $4 billion, 520-acre May Town Center a giant step closer to the rolling hills of Bells Bend.

In a previous letter, developer Tony Giarratana asked the commission to defer the decision on whether or not to rehear the May Town motion because Planning Director Rick Bernhardt and several commissioners were absent.

However, as the meeting opened, the commission was informed the applicants had asked to withdraw the request for rehearing rather than defer.

“If we approve the withdrawal, they would have a few more weeks,” Commissioner Stewart Clifton clarified during the meeting. Clifton then asked if the commissioners had the authority to disprove a withdrawal, but was informed by the department staff the commissioners did not.

Whereas a deferral pushes the request back onto the agenda of a later meeting, a withdrawal removes the request from the agenda but gives the applicant an opportunity to bring back a different proposal within the 60-day time frame, according to the Planning Department's Craig Owensby.

Approval from the planning commission is important for developers because with a approval the zoning will need just 21 of 40 Metro Council votes. Without approval, the plan would need 27 votes.

10 Comments on this post:

By: gid on 7/24/09 at 6:55

Go away...

By: Kosh III on 7/24/09 at 7:31

Go away..

By: potsticker on 7/24/09 at 8:14

bent bell
Go way, way, way far away and never come back.

By: NewYorker1 on 7/24/09 at 8:22

Why do developers try to build anything in this city is beyond my comprehension. It seems like every proposed project is shot down or so difficult to get built. I've never seen anything like it. You would think at any developer willing to pump 4 billion dollars into a community would be welcomed, but Nashville is so backwards that it's almost impossible to get anything done in this hillbilly city.

They should take their 4 billion to Atlanta where they will be appreciated and welcomed.

By: grapa on 7/24/09 at 9:58

Surely, you did not think I would skip, today!
I am not an apologist, I am not making excuses, ar am I jumping ship. There WILL be something come out of all of this, some shape or form.

The votes were not there. They neede six votes to pass. One support vote came in late to the meeting. Another support vote was absent. These would have given MTC 5 support votes.

They are looking for another vote to "flip" from the commissioners left. FOR SURE it will not be Clifton or Andree(?).

This is only my take on what happened. Bernhardt not being there was an issue against MTC, also.

Does anyone see a possible conflict of interest among Commissioners???

By: NewYorker1 on 7/24/09 at 10:09

It seems like Nashvillians fight projects from private developers, but support projects that requires tax payer financing i.e., the proposed convention center and hotel, the titan's stadium, etc. It just seems backwards to me.

By: Equanimity on 7/24/09 at 10:46

What a piece of work this guy is! Way to lose your appeal for a rehearing. If the Planning Commission even lets this sideshow huckster back in the building after this we oughtta get a property tax rebate. The May Boys Town is over. Nashville is over May Boys Town.

Wanna buy a poll? Go to 'Bama. Wanna buy your commissioners? Move to Chicago.

Nashville's not for sale!

Now, in re comments from:

grapa on 7/24/09 at 10:58
"...There WILL be something come out of all of this, some shape or form..."
Duh, Tony.

"They are looking for another vote to "flip" from the commissioners left. FOR SURE it will not be Clifton or Andree(?)."

You give each of these commissioners the intellect of a chimpanzee, Tony. I prefer to think that they are intelligent, free-willed quite selfless individuals trying to find consensus on difficult issues before them. They've heard a lot of testimony. A lot. They've seen the whole big bag of tricks May Boys Town has to offer. At this point I would think they'd be profoundly insulted at how they're being manipulated. I suspect several did not show up on purpose.

"Bernhardt not being there was an issue against MTC, also."
He doesn't cast a vote, Tony.

"Does anyone see a possible conflict of interest among Commissioners???"
Your customarily well-informed point being?

By: gid on 7/24/09 at 11:40

MTC is not needed
-- Metro would still have to pay 23+M for services per year
-- Downtown has a 37% occupancy rate
-- Three bridges - who will pay for the other two 100m bridges?
-- Why would HQ's come here - our schools rank lower, taxes higher than surrounding counties
-- Jack May only wants a statute of himself - he would better serve the community by investing the 4B into a childrens Hosp (like M Carrell did) or outreach programs, etc

By: grapa on 7/24/09 at 4:22

GID, you asked those same questions yesterday. OR, on another site. They have been addressed.

Equ.......who, why is it you only come around when things look the gloomiest?
If you do not understand the conflict of interest one commissioner "might" have in deciding the validity of MTC and ANY issue dealing with green space then it is not my place or am I willing to help. At this time.

As for, 'there will be something come out of this, "common sense" and who will or can walk from $22 million investments. Know the "lay of the land" is all that can be said at this time, but thanks for asking.

It is not me "saying I have a direct line to the news" you should be asking TammiPayne, it is what she wrote is what is interesting. See the Tennessean comments.

By: grapa on 7/24/09 at 4:24

Equa...who, you give too much credit to politicians or you give too much trust.