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Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners is an administrative body of three elected members charged with setting policy for the City of Forest Hills by enacting ordinances. Members

Next Meeting:
March 15, 5pm, City Hall
Mayor John Lovell Presiding
Recent Minutes

November 16, 2017

The Forest Hills Board of Commissioners (also referred to herein as the “Board”) held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the City’s Offices located at 6300 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, Tennessee, commencing at 5:00 p.m. Mayor John Lovell presided. Also present were Vice Mayor Lanson Hyde, Commissioner Henry Trost, City Manager Amanda Rhinehart, City Engineer Brad Bivens, and City Attorney Chad White. Others present at the meeting are as shown on the attached sign-in sheet. A copy of the agenda for the meeting is also attached to these Minutes.

1. Approval of the Minutes of the October 19, 2017 Meeting. Mayor Lovell noted that the minutes had been circulated for review and asked for any comments concerning same. There being none, Commissioner Trost motioned to approve the minutes from the October 19, 2017 meeting. Vice Mayor Hyde seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

2. Approval of the October 2017 Financial Statement. Mayor Lovell inquired about any comments concerning the Financial Statement. There being none, Vice Mayor Hyde motioned to approve the October 2017 financial statement. Commissioner Trost seconded the motion, and the motion passed unanimously.

City Manager Rhinehart suggested that as a courtesy to the rules be suspended to allow the Board to consider new business before commencing Old Businesses. The Board agreed.

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MAR 9 Board of Zoning Appeals 8am
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Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the second Friday of each month.

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Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is appointed to create and update the City's comprehensive plan and to regulate land use with zoning codes. Members

Next Meeting:
March 15, 6 pm, City Hall
Chairman Winston Evans Presiding
Recent Minutes

November 16, 2017

The Forest Hills Planning Commission (herein also the “Commission”) held its regular monthly meeting on November 16, 2017. Present were Chairman Winston Evans, Vice Chairman David Waller, Members Blair Myers, Brian Dougherty, and Clay Jackson. Members Jim Gardner and Mr. Em Ghianni were absent. Also present were Commissioner Henry Trost, Vice-Mayor Lanson Hyde, Mayor John Lovell, City Manager Amanda Rhinehart, City Attorney Chad White, and City Engineer Brad Bivens. Others present are shown on the attached sign-in sheet. A copy of the agenda is also attached to these minutes .

1. Approval of the minutes of the October 19, 2017 meeting. Mr. Jackson motioned to approve the minutes from the October 19, 2017 meeting. Mr. Waller seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

2. Consideration of approval of a Final Plat for an application to shift lot lines between properties located at 5411/5415 Stanford Drive. Chris Goetz of Dale & Associates will be representing property owners Christopher Butterworth, Charles Hargett, and William Penz. Mr. Goetz gave a brief presentation of the merits of the project, and confirmed there was no intent at this time to further subdivide the property. Chairman Evans called for staff comments and public comment. Member Clay asked if there had been feedback from the neighbors regarding the action; Ms. Rhinehart indicated no one had contacted City Hall for or against the project. Commissioner Trost made a motion to approve, which was seconded by Member Jackson. All aye, and it passed unanimously.

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Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals is appointed to make administrative decisions related to the zoning ordinance and to rule on requests for variances and special exceptions. Members

Next Meeting:
March 9, 8am, City Hall
Chairperson Janie Rowland Presiding
Recent BZA Minutes

November 9, 2017

The Board of Zoning Appeals met in session on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Member Mark Banks and Member Jim Littlejohn were present, as well as City Manager Amanda Rhinehart and City Engineer Brad Bivens. Chairperson Janie Rowland was absent. Member Littlejohn chaired the meeting.

1. Approval of Minutes: Due to lack of members during this meeting, who were also present at the September and October meetings, Member Banks made a motion to defer the approval of the meeting minutes from September and October 2017 meetings until the next meeting of the Board. All aye, and the motion passed unanimously.

2; Consideration of Height, Side, and Rear Variances at 6205 Melbourne Drive: Beth Cashion was unable to attend the meeting in person, but .provided a previously recorded presentation. City Manager Rhinehart played the video for the Members and the public. Mr. Luis Hernandez discussed the architectural plans for the house. Member Littlejohn then asked City Engineer Bivens to address the floodplain in the area. Mr. Bivens explained the FIRMette for the area, and explained the evolution of the map since the 2010 floods. In 2006 the City did a LO:MR with a study of Otter Creek, which established the elevations along the creek. This house was built in 1978, well in advance of any floodplain data. The propose property is entirely within the floodway, and the house would not be eligible for placement within the floodway. Member Banks inquired if it was appropriate for the BZA to make a determination of this nature. Mr. Bivens indicated it was within the City's jurisdiction as the flood plain manager, and the checks and balances associated with that approval process. He further explained that there are certain parameters the Board could consider to determine the reasonableness of the request, including volume, flow, velocities, and the impact of properties both upstream and downstream that could occur from the additional construction on this site. The City would be responsible for reviewing construction plans and associated hydrological impact studies to ensure that there would not be adverse impacts resulting from the construction.

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