Development plans in Dunnavant Valley area move forward

PELHAM – The Shelby County Planning Commission held public hearings for and then took action on multiple cases continued from previous meetings regarding proposed developments off Dunnavant Valley Road.

The commission on July 20 approved a Mt Laurel master plan amendment submitted by Nick Dawson with EBSCO Development Company to identify the road and lot configurations for about 174 single-family lots northeast of Mt Laurel Elementary School to be called Hillsong at Mt Laurel.

The property is zoned SD (Special District) and is located south of the intersection of Olmsted Street and Hawthorne Street in the Mt Laurel development.

The commission continued the case from its June 1 regular meeting to allow the applicant time to address community concerns regarding the physical removal of the previously installed tennis courts without prior approval of an amended master plan.

Dawson said his company met and held discussions with the Mt Laurel Homeowner Advisory Committee and other members of the community, and has committed to building tennis/multi-sport courts in the same location as the previous tennis courts with residents’ input on design and layout.

Public comments from residents regarding the proposed development included concerns about increased traffic, school accommodations, privacy of homes nearby and environmental issues.

The commission also approved an amended master plan submitted by Village at Highland Lakes Inc. owner Doug Eddleman for The Village at Highland Lakes Town Center with the conditions that the commission sees a phasing plan and that, should the development rights be sold in the future, the development’s design is transferrable to the new owner.

The amended master plan establishes the street network; residential, commercial and mixed uses layout; and designation of the Town Center, TND, previously identified as future development.

The properties are located on the north and south side of County Road 41 (Dunnavant Valley Road) about 3.5 miles northeast of U.S. 280.

The planning commission continued the case from its June 4 special meeting for a public hearing to be held.

The proposed development will feature townhouses and loft units above commercial spaces designed for businesses such as shops and restaurants to occupy, along with several green spaces.

The commission also approved a preliminary plat request from Eddleman Residential LLC to subdivide 16.76 acres into 32 residential lots and a common area to be called The Village at Highland Lakes Phase 3, Sector 2.

The property is zoned SD (Special District) and located adjacent to Regent Park on Highland Village Trail in the Highland Lakes Development.

The lots range from 1/4 to 1/2 an acre each in size.