Collegedale City Commission to hold final rezoning vote
Thousands in community have signed online petition against residential rezoning
UPDATE: The City Commission unanimously voted to approve the rezoning.
COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. (WDEF) — After months of community backlash, Collegedale’s City Commission will vote tonight on a controversial rezoning that could impact a beloved local landmark.
In September, the Collegedale Planning Commission wholly recommended the rezoning of over 500 acres of land from agricultural to single-family residential.
Hidden Hills Farm and Saddle Club sits on that property and numerous locals don’t want to see it go.
Kevin Kibble, a resident since 2005, says the city’s commission simply isn’t listening to concerns about an influx in schools, jobs, or traffic.
“Hidden Hills has been a pleasure,” Kibble said. “It’s been a delight. We’d like to keep it but we know we can’t. So let’s think of a way in which we can incorporate our new neighbor’s traffic into the current traffic.”
Kibble criticized MAP Engineers, the project’s contractor, for their traffic study conducted in July.
He says the study wasn’t conducted during the school year, disregards flooding concerns and breaks an international fire code regarding intersection distance.
Kibble also criticized the city commission for a lack of community engagement.
“We’re not against change,” Kibble said. “We’re actually in favor for a change that will fit the community. They’ve been more neighborly to those who are going to change the community than those who live in the community — that’s our concern.”
Several residents who spoke at previous city hall meetings have said Hidden Hills is more than a local farm … it’s Collegedale’s “identity.”
Local resident Beth Mortensen says now is not the “appropriate time” to change it.
“Personally, we’re sad about it,” Mortensen said. “I think it’s a beautiful area. Why would you want to change this and take it away from future generations? It’s gorgeous and the thought of it being filled with houses, to us, is just really sad.”
News 12 reached out to the City of Collegedale on the matter this morning and received no comment.
We will update you on the commission’s vote once we’ve been informed on their decision.