Community meeting

August 30 City and MTE community meeting to engage the public on rezoning requests associated with the property swap

MURFRESBORO, Tenn. – The City of Murfreesboro will hold a community meeting in partnership with Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at Fire Station 11, 3924 Blaze Dr. 37128. The purpose of the joint meeting is to provide details regarding the City’s request for the proposed rezonings pursuant to a “change of ownership” with MTE. Information on rezoning applications and exhibits will be available to the public at the August 30 community meeting. MTE and City representatives will make presentations and will be available to answer questions.

There will be other opportunities to learn more about the rezonings, including public hearings.

Rezoning applications will be presented to the Planning Commission on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at City Hall in Council Chambers for the purpose of scheduling a public hearing. Planning Commission public hearings are usually scheduled for the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers.

The City of Murfreesboro is proposing to rezone city-owned property along I-840 for transfer to MTE from Park (P) to Commercial Highway (CH) and Gateway Design Overlay 1 (GDO-1). The city is proposing to rezone MTE-owned property along Veterans Drive for transfer to the City of the Planned Commercial District (PCD) at Park (92.17 acres) along with CH and GDO-1 (26.51 acres) and Commercial Fringe (CF) (30.34 acres).

In addition to planning commission approval, rezonings must also be reviewed by the city council. View the Real Estate Transaction Agreement HERE (PDF).

Murfreesboro City Council voted Thursday, June 23, 2022 to approve an exchange of ownership with (MTE) for land to be landscaped and other uses, possibly including a school, fire and police facilities and other community uses and facilities. , for the western part of Murfreesboro. The real estate purchase and sale agreement exchanges approximately 117 city-owned acres at I-840 for approximately 150 MTE-owned acres along Veterans Parkway for an equal price. The deal is contingent on the city rezoning city-owned I-840 property to the Commercial Highway (CH) before the end of the year. The city is committed to extending the sewer to the property north of I-840, which is already in the planning stages.

“The exchange of ownership with MTE and the necessary rezonings will meet the needs of both organizations and the community as a whole,” said Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland. “The land the City is acquiring from MTE is well suited for a community park and we are committed to providing the western part of the community with plans for a community space which will include a park, green spaces, walking paths and facilities. recreational.

The city-owned property is located along I-840, Burnt Knob Road, Vaughn and Blackman near I-840 and the Veterans Parkway interchange. A previous rezoning application included designation of the property for Commercial Highway (CH) for business park use, including a GDO-3 overlay, with part of the property being developed as a park site. The city council deferred action on the request pending additional information and analysis of the proposal.

The MTE property is in West Murfreesboro, one mile south of the city property along Veterans Parkway. Previously, MTE planned to develop the site as a future corporate headquarters and the City rezoned the Planned Commercial Development (PCD) property based on a specific MTE development plan. The MTE plan included a significant buffer of trees and fences along the south of the Berkshire Subdivision as well as the preservation of trees and open spaces to the east (Overall Creek) and south (The Cloister and Villas at the Cloister). The City plans to replicate this plan and consider how the proposed facilities on the property will interface with surrounding neighborhoods. The buffer zone along the Berkshire is in place and protected by a conservation easement registered on the deed.

The development of public facilities on MTE’s land provides a substantial benefit to City residents and requires rezoning to accommodate these anticipated uses. The City Council discussed many uses of the MTE property at meetings, workshops and retreats, including a park, potential school site, potential fire and police facilities and other community uses and area, and the rezoning plan proposes to take these uses into account. The exact nature and character of the uses will be determined by City Council following the City’s Community Investment Program (CIP) process. The CIP process involves the planning, programming and budgeting of major projects and purchases proposed by the municipal administration and municipal departments to prioritize projects and allocate funding, including future bond proceeds, for approval by the council. municipal. The CIP is periodically reviewed by the City Council as needed to prioritize projects and allocate funds. The city council allocated $3 million for park purposes with the FY23 budget and an additional $5 million was allocated through the Community Investment Trust for park purposes.

The city parcel is highly visible from I-840 along the Veterans Parkway exit, making it well suited for economic development that also benefits the community. This strategic location adjacent to I-840 and accessible to I-24 and I-65 provides a superior location as a site for corporate headquarters and business development. MTE does a lot of economic development work with TVA, the state, and the Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association. Thus, MTE’s ownership of this property enhances the economic development potential of the property.