Franklin development sparks flooding concerns – Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-10-12 19:02:46 –

Nashville, Tennessee (WTVF) — Franklin’s development is being pushed back by the community over plans to build a 200-acre neighborhood that could cause flood problems.

Development will take place at the current Brownland Farm site near Hillsboro Road. Surrounded by water moving on three sides, there is now an area within the floodplain.

The current proposal is to put some homes on the floodplain and add some mitigation measures to the site.

However, the fear of diversion of the Harpeth River can have unintended consequences for other nearby homes and downstream areas.

“People’s property rights should basically stop when public security begins,” said Laura Turner, a Franklin resident who opposes the project. “There was a flood on Hillsboro Road. When there was a recent flood here during a heavy rain, there was a flood on the road.”

Downstream areas can be flooded to areas where roads are impassable, Turner said. She does not want developers to start changing upstream land and create new flood zones elsewhere.

“The water goes somewhere. It goes up. The water goes where it wants to go. So it’s out of development and makes the floods worse,” she said.

Land Solutions developer Kevin Estes said floods are unlikely to occur elsewhere. He said they hired experts and engineers to see the land and added relaxation to the plan.

He said they were trying to prevent floods downstream. Also, no work will be done until FEMA approves his plan.

Franklin City Councilor and Mayor will consider this issue on Tuesday night. The rezoning request is in the third reading of the meeting agenda.

Turner said he would speak against development.

“I firmly believe that if it is allowed, I will lose my life,” she said.

According to Estes, the company takes the care of the city and its residents seriously. They do not expect work to begin for another 6-9 months, even if it is rezoned.

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