Battle brewing in Edgehill about zoning overlay

 

There’s a battle brewing in the Edgehill neighborhood on how to protect the area’s history.

“It has really divided this neighborhood tremendously. Neighbors aren’t speaking to neighbors now,” said Tanner Gibson, who lives in Edgehill.

People who live in the Edgehill area can’t agree on how to preserve the historic area they live in.

“I’m hoping that this neighborhood can stay affordable for people who have lived here for decades,” said Gibson, who has been renting a home in the area for six months.

Although he’s not a long-timer, he supports the Edgehill Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Overlay.

“I’m for it. I think preserving the character of this neighborhood is important, especially for the people who have lived here the longest,” he said.

The overlay protects historic homes.

It also means new construction and additions will have new guidelines which some say are too strict.

“I’d like to see house heights limited to a more reasonable height than 45 feet,” said Edgehill resident Jan White.

The area impacted by the overlay is from South Street to Wedgewood, including portions of Villa Place and others.

The proposed overlay was passed by the planning commission on Aug. 1 and narrowly was approved Tuesday night by Metro Council.

“What Councilman (Colby) Sledge and I are looking at now is could there be some negotiation?” said District 19 Councilman Freddie O’Connell.

The overlay encompasses parts of Metro Council Districts 17 and 19.

O’Connell said Metro Council is willing to compromise if residents are.

“Can we let the people who oppose it really get a fair hearing for what some of those alternatives may be and get, and generate more support in the community for this?” said O’Connell.

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