Case Study

IMG_1735OVERVIEW: Nashville Highlands borders properties on Jocelyn Hollow, Rolling Fork, Carnavon, Hwy 70 and Old Hickory between West Meade and Bellevue.  The land contains sensitive environmental features, including many sensitive species of conservation concern supported by a 202 acre eastern section of contiguous forested hills with 2 primary stream valleys.  The Arizona-based corporation that owns the land, “Nashville Highlands, LLC,” is proposing to build a both a new commercial site on the western edge and a substantial number of housing units (possibly up to 800) on the eastern part of the property.  To prepare the eastern sites, they would remove the top of the central ridge separating the valleys and fill the western stream valley with the removed sediment.  This Planned Unit Development (PUD) was originally approved decades ago, and Metro law allows cancellation and re-zoning of such outdated PUDs when they no longer fit with the community plans.  Nashville’s laws and outlook on environmental protection has evolved tremendously in the last few decades.  Current Metro plans clearly show that the community does not want the eastern portion of this particular parcel developed, nor any developments that involve steep slopes, unstable soils, substantial forest clearing, or topographic re-grading.  The eastern development would cause significant environmental harm to our water and air quality, and would pose severe threats of future flooding, landslides, and other hazards.  In addition, it would cause substantial environmental degradation within the cave owned by Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation which sits beneath the proposed development.  Such actions would violate the Tennessee Cave Protection Law.  Particularly in light of the 2010 floods, this part of the proposal makes no sense in the current context of Nashville’s growth.

READ THE FULL DOCUMENT: Nashville Highlands Case Study (DRAFT 5/13/2015)

Supplemental Document on Steep Slope Landslides: Miller & Weithe