Monday, May 18, 2009

Cookeville Planning Commission To Meet Early

Action will be coming a week earlier than usual this month for the Cookeville Planning Commission. Because next Monday is a holiday (Memorial Day for those without a calendar handy), the planning commission's regularly scheduled meeting has been moved up one week. That means they'll get together this evening to talk about whether to re-zone several properties in the blocks around the hospital and Tennessee Tech University from a medical services and local commercial district to one that is designated as a University zone. City planning officials say not all of the property surrounding the hospital would necessarily be used exclusively for medical purposes, but they are not sure a wide-open commercial zone is appropriate either. The university zoning would allow some commercial development, but also place some restrictions on the properties involved. Also tonight, the planners will consider the final plans for a five-lot subdivision located on South Ferguson Avenue and Douglas Avenue. The developers are requesting a special review under a section of the zoning code dealing with the alteration of a sinkhole retention area. The preliminary plans for a new 39-lot neighborhood, to be called Quail Hollow, located off Gainesboro Grade, will also be up for a vote.