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Metro Planning Commission deactivates 30-year-old development plan

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The Metro Planning Commission voted Thursday to deactivate a permit to develop an 800-unit housing development in Bellevue.

Some said the proposed development would threaten streams, wildlife and flood control in Bellevue’s Warner Park area.

Residents packed the planning commission meeting to voice their opposition to the project.

The Nashville Highlands plan was approved in 1985. Opponents said the plan just doesn’t work 30 years later.

A large forest is sandwiched between Bellevue and the Warner Park system. It contains a cave, three streams and a waterfall. But the 1985 plan would have drastically changed the area.

“They would blast off the ridge top and fill the valley on these slopes that we know are unstable,” said biologist Noah Charney with Radnor to the River. “We know they provide vital services for this community here in terms of protecting against flooding, protecting the species, protecting the water.

“All the things they’re doing to the landscape are going to disrupt those and basically go against all the laws that we’ve put in place over the last 30 years,” Charney added.

Radnor to the River is a group trying to preserve the 200 acres from the kind of development that is no longer necessarily legal in Nashville.

Attorney and former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell is leading the legal team to stop the development. He said the 1985 plan would have no chance today.

“There’s no chance that this city, this planning department, this planning commission, this city would allow a development like this today, period,” Purcell said.

Channel 4 has not heard back for the developer’s lawyers.

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