What does the project include?
Ashby Planned Development’s request to rezone about 51 acres off Maynard Way will be decided in April.
Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen held the second reading and public hearing Monday to rezone 51.38 acres of Ashby Planned Development, behind Walmart. The third reading is in April.
Here is a closer look at the project.
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What would Ashby Planned Development include?
Proposed in 2020, Ashby Planned Development would include single-family homes, fee-simple (or for purchase) townhomes, business offices and shopping centers spread across the currently undeveloped land north of Maynard Way, south of White Road and east of New Byhalia Road.
The project will feature 87 homes: 59 high-density single-family homes, eight low-density single-family homes and 20 townhomes. The single-family homes will range from $400,000-$650,000, with the townhomes between $450,000-$500,000.
The houses will sit on about 34 acres while the townhomes cover 10.34 acres. The dwellings will sit on the land between White Road and Maynard Way.
The shopping center area will be located on 6.95 acres off New Byhalia Road.
What did previous plans for Ashby Planned Development include?
The project, formerly known as Maynard Way Planned Development, previously featured live-work, mixed-use, apartments, senior living and a hotel in the plans on 134.84 acres.
Developer Looney Ricks Kiss and land owner Wingo Development Co. decided to alter the proposal.
“I think we were a little too ambitious,” said Jim Gannaway, Wingo family representative.
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Developers also removed the proposed cut-through street from Queen Oaks Road to Maynard Way, which received some backlash from neighbors in the surrounding area.
Although the cut-through road will not move forward, emergency services will have an access route.
Will the Collierville board approve rezoning Ashby Planned Development?
Although the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved the second reading for the rezoning, some aldermen are still questioning the project.
Alderman Billy Patton noted during the Monday meeting how the planned townhomes on Maynard Way will seem similar to apartments. He also said he appreciates the consciousness of the spacing but he prefers to see more “free lots.”
“I can’t imagine approving this development in the current shape,” Patton said. “It just seems like it’s just, the landscaping and the scenery as you drive down (Maynard Way), that drive looks like, ‘Man we just packed it all in there.'”
Alderman Missy Marshall agreed with Patton.
The third reading will come before the board in April, after a new sewer study concludes. Patton said he was “concerned” about the infrastructure in that area.
The sewer study will inform the town if the sewer system can maintain the new neighborhoods. In a former study by Buchart Horn, the previous plan exceeded the sewer capacity and upgrades for the system are required.
Dima Amro covers the suburbs for The Commercial Appeal and can be reached at Dima.Amro@commercialappeal.com or on Twitter @AmroDima.