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Plans For Murfreesboro Road Development

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One of Nashville's fastest growing areas could soon look very different if city leaders have their way.

Planners unveiled new proposed standards for a major corridor along Murfreesboro Road that spans from Bell Road south to the county line.

While this proposal wouldn't change businesses already along Murfreesboro Road, what the Urban Design Overlay does could be the difference for other businesses start moving

"The growth has at times been phenomenal," said Metro Council Member Robert Duvall.

It's a growth along Murfreesboro Road that city leaders say could use come guidelines.

"What we want to do is establish some standards in development to give some assurance to protect your property if you invest in our community," said Metro Council Member Jacobia Dowell.

The Urban Design Overlay includes new standards from height requirements on buildings to specifics on signage.

"We don't want this to be restrictive in any way or inhibit you from making a profit with your business," said Metro Council Member Karen Johnson. "We want to do something that will compliment and bring additional revenue."

City planners said they based their standards on what citizens wanted to see.

"It seems like the plans in place are really going to be something that protects property owners here in the area, something that will enhance this entire area and something that will also really be a drawing card for businesses and other opportunities in the area," said Brian Hughes, who owns property along Murfreesboro Road.

Council member Robert Duvall said since the Urban Design Overlay meetings have started, three major retailers have approached him and expressed interest in moving to the Southeast Davidson County corridor.

City leaders said this Urban Design Overlay shouldn't affect property taxes or base zoning in the area.


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