Overjoyed with overlays
In response to comments regarding the debate over conservation overlays, there are reasons the majority of residents in the Whitland neighborhood favor a conservation overlay — they are a godsend to historic properties and they protect against inappropriate development.
Whitland is one of the most historic and beautiful neighborhoods in Nashville. Its proximity to the center of the city makes it increasingly valuable and increasingly subject to redevelopment pressures. There is absolutely nothing now to prevent inappropriate development in the Whitland neighborhood.
A conservation overlay requires review for demolitions, exterior renovations visible from the street, or the moving of a house. The restrictions are more significant for historic than for non-historic homes but are much less restrictive than those of a historic preservation overlay.
The realities that made conservation overlays a godsend a decade ago are even more compelling today. That is why the Metro Council is moving in the right direction to approve the overlay for the Whitland neighborhood.
Cyril Stewart, 37205
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