VOL. 113 | NO. 11 | Tuesday, January 19, 1999
A plan to build 134 single-family residences near Bartlett is the subject of a public hearing Monday
proposed near Bartlett
By KATHLEEN BURT
The Daily News
A plan to build 134 single-family residences near Bartlett is the subject of a public hearing Monday.
The Shelby County Commission will consider the proposal to build Gailyn Manor, a planned development eyed for an unincorporated part of the county that falls in the annexation reserve area of Bartlett.
Initial estimates place the project cost at about $20 million.
Seymour Kutner, property owner and developer, plans to develop the 66.82-acre parcel of vacant land into 134 residences with detached garages.
The Office of Planning and Development and the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board approved the plans with conditions that put the planned development into an R-S15 residential zone and planning guidelines of the city of Bartlett.
The development is planned for an area along Old Brownsville Road and Shadowland Road.
As part of the conditions of approval, the developer will be responsible for widening one side of Old Brownsville Road to handle increased traffic in the area, said Brian Bacchus, principal planner with OPD.
"There was opposition to this project at the Land Use Control Board meeting," he said.
The density of the project and burdens to the sewer and road systems were a few of the concerns expressed at that meeting, Bacchus said.
Under the R-S15 zoning, the houses must be detached with a minimum lot size of 15,000 square feet, he said.
Surrounding residential development has been built using the existing agricultural zoning, which requires homes to be built on 2-acre tracts.
"The maximum lot size is about 22,000 square feet, which is about a half an acre," Bacchus said. "We feel it's a compatible use."
Just over 5 acres of the tract will be maintained in a natural state with mature trees and a creek that will act as a buffer between the neighborhood and traffic.
The homes will cost about $150,000 and have brick exteriors. If approved, the first phase of the project will contain 70 lots and the second phase 64 lots.
A single-story home will contain 60 percent brick on the exterior. Homes with more than one story will have at least 70 percent brick on the exterior.
"This is keeping with other Bartlett development," said Bacchus.
Landscaping requirements also follow city of Bartlett guidelines, he said.
Since the development is slated for the annexation reserve area of Bartlett, the city can, at its discretion, seek to incorporate the property in the future.
With property taxes and other revenues gathered by the county, the economic impact of the project will top $197,000 yearly, Bacchus said.
After the County Commission hears the case and makes a decision, the item will be forwarded to the city for consideration.
A hearing before the Memphis City Council could be set for Feb. 2. The request to set the hearing date is on Tuesdays City Council agenda.