By Matt Blois

The developers of the Tollgate Village subdivision got approval for a plan to construct a building for some shops and restaurants in the subdivision, but the Thompson’s Station planning commission rejected their plan to build eight new homes at its meeting.

About 50 people showed up to the meeting on Tuesday, with a handful of people standing in the back of the room.

The developer of Tollgate, Regent Homes, asked the planning commission to approve a plan to build eight new homes in the subdivision, but the commission rejected the plan because the company hasn’t followed through on its promise to add a second entrance to the subdivision.

A traffic study from 2017 found that the developer needed to add the second entrance before starting construction on a new area of the subdivision. Previously, the planning commission approved an initial plan for a different part of the subdivision on the condition that the developer would build the entrance.

At the meeting last night, Regent Homes asked the planning commission to do the same thing for this new section of the subdivision. However, the developer still hasn’t built the second entrance, so the planning commission decided not to approve the new project.

Thompson’s Station alderman Ben Dilks, who is a member of the planning commission, said that the plan itself didn’t seem that offensive, but he wasn’t happy that the developer hadn’t built the second entrance yet.

“The issue for me is that we’re giving them what they want even though they haven’t done what they said they’d do,” he said.

Regent Homes had better luck with a proposal for three buildings that would have shops, restaurants and some apartments in the Tollgate subdivision near Columbia Pike. Planning commission chair Jack Elder said people in Tollgate have been asking for this kind of development for a long time and he was happy to see a plan for it.

However, the plan that Regent Homes submitted includes too many sewer hookups. Thompson’s Station gave Tollgate permission to add 943 connections to the sewer system, and so far the plans submitted by the developer account for 910 connections. That leaves 33 connections, but the new project would require 40.

The estimate of 40 new connections depends on what types of businesses move into the building, and the developer said its possible that the project could only require 25 connections or fewer. Regent Homes also said it would consider moving some of the connections it had planned on using in future construction of new homes and adding those to the commercial building.

The planning commission approved the plan on the condition that it would not exceed the 943 sewer connections allowed in the entire subdivision. The planning commission also required the developer to check in with the city on several aspects of the design and construction as the process moves forward.