The Board of Commissioners is an administrative body charged with setting policy for the City of Forest Hills by enacting ordinances. The Board consists of three Commissioners, who are elected at large. Members serve in four-year, staggered terms. At the first regular meeting after each biennial election, the Board elects one of its members to serve a two-year term as Mayor and one member to serve as Vice Mayor. Meetings
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SEPT 2017 Summer is a lovely time to live in Forest Hills. The trees are fully leafed out and landscaping is at its best. The longer daylight hours offer more time to be outside playing with the kids or relaxing on the patio. Unfortunately, the increased opportunity to be outside can bring its own sources of irritation.
As you read this, there is a good chance that some sort of building activity—a remodeling, an addition, a brand-new home—is going on somewhere nearby. Nobody enjoys the noise and increased traffic that construction generates, and Forest Hills has a number of ordinances and regulations that try to minimize the impact of a building project.More
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You may have noticed the construction on the Bethel World Outreach Church campus at the intersection of Granny White Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard. The Church applied for and received the permits for an expansion of its main facility.
What you may not have known is that on March 25, the City of Forest Hills became aware that Bethel had requested an additional special permit to build a three-story, 36,000 square foot office building on the Granny White side of their campus right across from Forest Hills residents’ homes and 45 feet off the property line of Dorset Park.More
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The hills of our City hold the distinction of being part of the headwaters of five different streams that flow though the greater Nashville area: Richland Creek, Chickering Branch, Belle Meade Branch, Sugartree Creek, and West Fork of Browns Creek. Additionally, our hills feed two other streams flowing through our borders: Otter Creek, and another unnamed tributary to the Little Harpeth River. All of these waterways, like all streams around Nashville, are part of the Cumberland River watershed.More
SEPT 2017 In addition to being just generally annoying, excessive noise can be harmful to the health and welfare of citizens. Title 11, Chapter 3 of the City of Forest Hills Municipal Code prohibits unreasonably loud, disturbing, and unnecessary noise within City limits. Unless the complaint is stemming from the following enumerated sources, the City of Forest Hills is limited in the actions that can be taken to mitigate the situation.More
The Planning Commission is appointed to create and update the City's comprehensive plan and to regulate land use with zoning codes. Meetings
Planning Commission member Blair Myers and his wife Kelli moved to Forest Hills about 14 years ago for the same reasons as many new residents. They were ready to leave their quarter-acre lot with neighbors 15 feet away in the busy Vanderbilt/West End area for the bigger yards and quieter neighborhoods found here.
“We had just had our first child, and we wanted a little more space to raise a family,” Myers said. “We moved to Stonehaven Drive and have lived in three different houses in Forest Hills. We’ve finally settled on Lynnwood Boulevard just south of Tyne.”
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. Meetings
The weekend that Jim Littlejohn moved into Forest Hills is etched into his memory, but not just because he was moving into a new home. It was 1985—the year the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl.
“I remember we had televisions turned on all over the house while we were moving in,” Jim says. “I grew up outside Chicago, so I had always followed the Bears.”
Littlejohn came to Nashville in 1972 to attend Vanderbilt University and stayed after graduating. His first job after college was with Gresham and Smith, which involved “commuting” between Nashville and Charleston, S.C., from 1980 to 1982. “I was here every month for meetings, so I never really felt like I left.”More