Saturday, January 12, 2013

Updates On The Two January 16th Community Meetings

Updates on the two community meetings that took place on Wednesday, January 16th Meetings:

Rosebank Elementary Magnet Application The theme of the magnet application that would be implemented during the 2013-2014 school year is World Studies & Technology. Students will be taught core curriculum through a global perspective and will be given the tools they need to be active citizens of the world. While all of the details are still being ironed out, there will be some incorporation of STEM components, additional Social Emotional Learning, project & inquiry-based learning and collaborative learning. There will be foreign language offered and the world studies component will be worked into the art, music and dance curriculum. They are also trying to develop sister relationships with schools across the globe including China and South Africa.

Eastland Avenue Properties Rezoning The properties including in this zoning application were designated to be Neighborhood Center during the community meetings that were held in 2005-6 as part of Metro Planning Commission's East Nashville Community Plan 2006 Update, which is available on the Planning Department's website under the Community Plans tab. Several ideas for appropriate development in terms of restrictions on design guidelines, parking, operating hours, and business types (uses) were discussed at the meeting. The applicants agreed to incorporate some of these considerations into a Specific Plan for those 7 parcels and will report back to the community before applying to the Planning Commission.

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Original Post:

There are two community meeting pertaining to Eastwood that are scheduled for 6:00 PM on Wednesday, January 16th. Please plan to attend one or the other!

One is a meeting at Rosebank Elementary, Eastwood's zoned elementary school, that pertains to the direction that Principal Latonya White would like to take for the school's MNPS Magnet School application. This meeting is a follow-up to the public meetings and electronic and door-to-door surveys that were conducted last autumn to gather neighbor input to guide this decision.

The other is a meeting at Eastwood Christian Church, 1601 Eastland Ave, regarding a rezoning request that may involve expanding either the Eastwood or the Lockeland Springs Conservation Overlays. Councilman Peter Westerholm is calling this public meeting, which is cosponsored by Rediscover East, Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association, and Eastwood Neighbors, in order to gather constituent feedback regarding the rezoning request. The request pertains to several houses located on the south side of Eastland Avenue between the Walden development and South 20th Street. The requested rezoning from residential use to multiple use would allow commercial activity to continue in the residential structures. Part of the proposal is that a condition for approving the rezoning would be the inclusion of the structures in a Conservation Overlay that would guide any future construction or exterior additions/renovations to the structures.