Undaunted, I sent the following e-mail to Rick Bernhardt two days ago and quite predictably I have not received an answer:
I read your letter communicating your approval of consideration by the of May Town developer Tony Giarratana's request for commission reconsideration.I'll update if I ever hear back from Mr. Bernhardt, but don't hold your breaths.With regard to your statement that Mr. Giarratana's request is "not entirely without merit": could you be more specific? What particular merits does the request have that other such requests made in the past did not have?Also, could you please cite examples of such special consideration that the Planning Department has given rezoning applications in the past, particularly those that your office may have recommended for Commission disapproval?
UPDATE: Planning spokesperson Craig Owensby responds that Mr. Bernhardt could not respond to my e-mail since he has been on vacation since before July 15, the day I e-mailed him and the day his letter to Tony Giarratana is dated in the Tennessean. Looks like CM Lonnell Matthews screwed up a lot of people's July vacations by shoving May Town down Nashville's throat mid-summer.