Cages Bend Development Moves Forward

The Hendersonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) voted 9 to 4 to approve the development of Bellesford Landing off Cages Bend Road.

The 80-acre property will have 104 homes that start at $600,000 on half acre lots with 29 acres of open space and a 23-acre park. A pond on the property will also be preserved.

BOMA denied rezoning for the development in the Dec. 8 meeting; however, they reconsidered the motion in the Jan. 26 meeting. The development was recommended by the Hendersonville Regional Planning Commission 9 to 1 in November.

In this meeting, BOMA voted to require the developer to add siren-activated gates on Barren Road and decorative fencing along the property line, two improvements that residents had asked for, according to Ward 5 Alderman Jonathan Hayes.

The development will pay $364,000 for off-site improvements, which is $3,500 per home. BOMA voted that $500 of this fee from every home in the development would be set aside for underpass construction and signage on Saundersville Road.

Some aldermen had questions about doing a traffic study; however, these are not usually conducted until farther along in the development process, according to City staff.

In response to a question about rentals in the development, Keith Free, planning director said BOMA could not require a developer to restrict rentals. However, individual developments can voluntarily place restrictions on rentals.

The Bellesford Landing representatives said that they were willing to restrict rentals in the development, although they could not agree to anything specific at this time.

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