Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Metro Council Passes Ordinance To Apply Institutional Overlay To Belmont Area Neighborhoods

A few minutes ago Council passed on third reading ORDINANCE NO. BL2005-555 by a vote of 28-3. Opposition and abstaining Council members who spoke during the debate mentioned the exclusion of the wishes of some property owners to be exempted from the overlay as a reason for not voting in favor of the bill.

An advisory committee will now be appointed per Council member Ginger Hausser's compromise agreement with Belmont University and its neighbors to work with Planning to apply the overlay. The committee will have 13 members: the Metro Planning Committee will appoint four members; the university will appoint four members; Ms. Hausser will appoint four members; and the Belmont-Hillsboro Association will appoint one member. While answering questions from another Council member during discussion of the ordinance, Ms. Hausser said that her committee appointments will come from the neighborhood and will more than likely be association members.

08/17/2005, 11:15 a.m. Update:
Paul Chenoweth clarifies the communicative role of the single association committee member in the comments below. I stand corrected. Thanks, Paul.

08/18/2005, 8:45 a.m. Update: Today's Nashville City Paper provides more details about the compromise reached between Belmont and the neighborhood.

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