County rezoning

Derrick Gann (right) peaks to the Dickson County Commission on Feb. 18 about his request to have land rezoned from agricultural to residential. Gann wants to build 20 homes on half-acre lots along Abiff Road near Highway 46. Pictured behind Gann is county Planning and Zoning Director Dave Darnell. SEAN BARRY

A plan to build 20 homes on pastureland along Abiff Road drew dozens of residents from the area to a Dickson County Commission meeting Feb. 18.

The commission voted 11-0, with Commissioner Stacey Batey absent, to advance Derrick Gann’s request to get the land rezoned from agricultural to residential. The vote followed a public hearing earlier in the meeting.

The rezoning request will go up for final approval at the commission’s March 16 meeting.

Gann wants to build 20 homes on half-acre lots at 1155 Abiff Road, just east of Highway 46. He said the houses’ prices would start at $260,000.

Although 40 or 50 area residents turned out for last week’s meeting, only five spoke in the public hearing period — three in favor of the plan and two against it.

Supporters and opponents said Gann builds high-quality houses. Proponents said that if Gann doesn’t build the homes, a less desirable development might go on the land.

Opponents said Gann’s proposed development of half-acre homesites is too dense, out of step with current home lots in the area that are one acre or larger, and could open the door for sprawl in the rural area.

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