Metro Planning Department has addressed several issues with the proposed May Town Center development for rural Bells Bend but it did not alter its recommendation for approval.
In a staff recommendation report issued Monday (and available on the Metro Planning Web site), the planning included 17 conditions, including specific amendments to the developers’ zoning request. The staff revised its recommendations because May Town developers altered their zoning request.
The staff recommendation report, available on the Metro Planning Web site, acknowledges that the Bells Bend area is already eligible for residential development. The recommendations point out the developers’ “aggressive land conservation plan” would conserve the surrounding rural area.
Opponents believe May Town Center will lead to sprawl and encourage some neighboring property owners to develop their land as well.
The Planning Commission will hold its final hearing — related only to the independent economic impact study released earlier this month — on June 25. The commission is expected to vote on the zoning proposal shortly after that.
The zoning bill’s public hearing before Metro Council is slated for the July 7 Council meeting.