Commissioners Vote to Move New School Forward
First Reading for Land Rezoning Approved
|Brentwood City Commissioners voted at its Monday, March 13 regular commission meeting to approve the first reading to rezone about 84 acres of land located at 9714 Split Log Road. If ultimately approved, the property would be rezoned from the Suburban Residential zoning district to the Service Institution -- Educational zoning.|
First reading of Land Rezoning Approved -- March 13
Land Rezoning Community Meeting -- March 30, Ravenswood High School Cafeteria at 6pm
Planning Commission Review and Recommendation -- April 4
Public hearing -- April 10, Brentwood City Hall at 7pm
Second and final reading -- April 24
Williamson County Schools (WCS) requested the rezoning consideration after entering into an agreement to purchase the property to build a new elementary school and in the future, a new middle school also. Currently other Brentwood elementary schools are over capacity. Original plans are for the new school to open in August 2018 in time for the 2018-2019 school year as long as construction funding is approved by the county.
According to Williamson County Schools, Kevin Fortney, who spoke at the regular commission meeting, the design of the building will be very similar to that used for Clovercroft Elementary school. The two-story school will have a building footprint of approximately 69,000 square feet and a total building area of 118,000 square feet, along with a capacity of 825 students and approximately 65 staff. The facility will include a total of 46 classrooms (42 general education, 2 special education, one music and one art). Brentwood Planning Director, Jeff Dobson, said, Article VI of the zoning ordinance requires that parking be provided at one space per employee plus one space per classroom. For this site a total of 111 parking spaces are required. The submitted site plan shows a total of 213 parking spaces. Internal vehicle stacking lengths for parents dropping off and picking up students are provided as part of the design and should be sufficient to accommodate stacking onsite without impacting Split Log Road.
To help minimize topographic issues and preservebthe potential for future development, the new elementary school will be built on the flatter portions of the property to the west, adjacent to Split Log Road. Athletic fields will be located to the north of the school, between the elementary school and future middle school.Access to the campus will be provided via a new drive at the intersection of Split Log and Pleasant Hill Roads.The newly configured intersection will be signalized. WCS has contracted to prepare a traffic impact study (TIS) that will help to determine the improvements necessary to the adjacent roadways to mitigate the traffic impact created by the school.That study has not yet been completed, but is expected before final reading of the proposed ordinance. The TIS will be forwarded to Neel-Shaffer, the City's transportation consultant, for review and assessment of any proposed improvements. WCS is also working to complete a boundary survey for the property,Planning staff has requested a copy of the survey, which will show utilities, easements, structures, etc. currently encumbering the property.
Sidewalks to School
Bernini Place, in the adjacent Tuscany Hills Subdivision is designated as a temporary dead end street. There are no plans to extend this street into the site. However, it is possible that a pedestrian trail could be installed at the end of the street, which would allow students in Tuscany Hills to safely walk or bike to school. City and WCS staff have had some discussion for such a trail, although the plans for the school site are in the very early stages of development. WCS will be asked to install a sidewalk along their Split Log Road frontage. The City is exploring the possibility of constructing a new sidewalk from the western school property boundary back to the west across the frontage of Tuscany Hills to Tuscany Way which will allow students living on the north side of Split Log Road to walk/bike to school. There is an existing multi-use trail along the south side of Split Log Road that will allow pedestrian access to the school via a protected pedestrian crosswalk the signalized school entrance road.