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Does Goodlettsville have too many hotels?

Controversy heats up among residents
Posted at 3:53 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 22:03:35-05

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Enough is enough. Controversy is stirring up over whether Goodlettsville has too many hotels or not. On one side, people feel development is important for growth, while other residents feel they already have enough hotels in the area.

During a meeting, city commissioners voted on whether to change an industrial zone to commercial to pave way for a Sleep Inn and Main Stay Suites to be built on South Cartwright Street.

The hotel topic has caused a firestorm on the Hip Goodlettsville Facebook page. Many people have voiced their opposition. However, Goodlettsville commissioner Zach Young said he was the only one to vote against it during the first reading. He feels residents don't want another hotel built because there's already 19 or 20 in the area. He also has concerns about how traffic may be affected in the industrial area. In addition, commissioner Young also says he's not a supporter of spot zoning changes.

Young said, "I think part of it is there are some old hotels or motels in Goodlettsville become common places for some questionable characters to be hanging out."

People in favor of the zoning change feel that development increases tax revenue and is a good thing for the city.

Young encouraged anyone who might have an opinion on the ordinance to reach out to their commissioner. About 60 people showed up to the meeting.

The measure failed with three commissioners voting now and one voting yes with one abstention. The property will remain zoned industrial, not commercial.