Columbia Rezoning Plan Moves Forward

Posted at 5:28 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 22:21:04-04

A rezoning plan in Maury County could move forward in Columbia City Council, but some neighbors don't agree with it.

At the corner of Carters Creek Station Road and Butler Rd. traffic only slows down for a passing train. Things in that part of Maury County have progressed slowly, just the way the folks living there like it.

"I love it here, I love the country," said Marguerite Porter. She and her husband Jeff have lived in their home for 72 years.

However, if developers have their way Carters Creek Station Rd. could become the new thoroughfare in Maury County. "I have mixed emotions about that," said Porter. "The traffic is going to pick up and it will become heavily populated."

Last month the Columbia City Council approved the first rezoning request which would take the land from rural to high density.

The property sits between Carters Creek Station Road and Freehand Lane, behind the GM plant.  

"It was taking it from a rural residential area which is like one house per acre to an RN1 zoning which is 12 units per acre on 93 acres for one development. It's going from almost nothing to the highest you can  go," Ward 2 Columbia Councilwoman Debbie Matthews said.

Matthews was the only one who opposed it. "Growth and change is inevitable, but stupidity and poor planning is not," Matthews said.

The second and possibly last reading on the rezoning request will be voted on during the regular city council meeting in Columbia at 6:30 Thursday.