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Steep problem for area growthPosted Thursday, December 13, 2007, at 9:18 AM
A recent T-G story indicated officials envision designating U.S. 41-A North and U.S. 231 North as primary growth areas in the upcoming revision to the county's growth plan. They also said U.S. 41-A South isn't suitable for growth due to topography.
Odd comment, considering there seems to be no lack of development in hilly areas of Nashville and Williamson County.
Within Country Estates subdivision near Bell Buckle is a road, I think it's appropriately named Skyview Drive or something similar, so steep that some Times-Gazette carriers have expressed fear of driving it. And it's lined with houses with more being built.
I'd guess those living on the upper portion of that road would be unable to leave, at least in vehicles, if it were ice-covered. I can imagine someone atop the hill trying to leave and sliding down...and down...and down...faster and faster until the vehicle hits a house at the bottom or flips upside down into a culvert.
The hillsides along 41-A South are much less threatening and, to me, look more buildable than Skyview.
I understand those who prefer more rural landscapes. And I'm not saying that southeastern Bedford County should be turned into an urban, building-covered paradise.
But eastern Shelbyville, as we've noted here before, has lost many of its businesses and home building has stagnated. Designating the nearby areas as non-growth areas won't help matters.
Public meetings will be held Jan. 14 at Duck River Electric's auditorium (right in that area of Shelbyville), Jan. 15 at Cascade School and Jan. 17 at Community School. All begin at 6 p.m. Those who care have a chance to be heard.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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