Planning letter spells bad news for May Town Center

Friday, September 25, 2009 at 12:10pm

Opponents of the proposed May Town Center development for rural Bells Bend may officially have a reason to celebrate following the Oct. 8 Planning Commission meeting.

That’s when the commission will consider developer Tony Giarratana’s request for a re-hearing on the previously rejected May Town Center land use amendment and zoning proposal.

A letter from Planning Executive Director Rick Bernhardt to Giarratana left the possibility for a rehearing extremely remote. Bernhardt wrote to Giarratana that a motion to reconsider the May Town Center proposal must come from one of the five commissioners (Stewart Clifton, Derrick Dalton, Hunter Gee, Andrew LeQuire and Victor Tyler) who opposed the amendment to the Bells Bend/Scottsboro land use plan.

The plan required six votes at the June meeting, but only received five and therefore failed.

“If there is not a motion, the request fails,” Bernhardt’s letter stated.

Giarratana had contended that since the vote was actually split that any of the 10 commissioners could make the motion.

Giarratana planned to revise the $4 billion May Town proposal, which had opposition from Bells Bend neighbors and Nashville area environmental advocates.


4 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 9/25/09 at 10:21


Good idea, wrong location.

By: Checkmate on 9/25/09 at 12:45

Since you can't second your own motion it will take 2 votes from the group that was against MTC to get it reheard.

By: Equanimity on 9/25/09 at 4:09

Nate Rau! I swoon! I have swone! (?) You swine! If memory serves it's ANDREE LeQuire, not ANDREW. One glance at this smart, sultry, sassy, scintillating sylph of a commish and you'll never err again! For shame!

By: Time for Truth on 9/26/09 at 9:03

I think someone here has a crush....all that AND against May Town!

May Town is good micro planning founded on a bad macro planning principal (sprawl). If it were in the Metrocenter area I'd be all for it.

Well, there's also the Tony G factor. The Cumberland is still the ugliest piece of Nashville's skyline, it looks like federal housing. And there's a hole in the ground downtown where a giant tower is supposed to go.