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Country club improvements, doggy day care approved


The Brentwood Planning Commission approved significant improvements to the Brentwood Country Club and a site plan for the city's first pet boarding facility at its Tuesday meeting. The meeting which usually meets the first first Monday of the month was pushed back a night due to extenuating circumstances.

“As you know we have two exceptions to meetings on Mondays and that is the BCS championship game and the college basketball championship game,” joked Chairman Randy Campbell.

The board unanimously approved Brentwood Country Club's plan presented by Ragan Smith Associates with one abstention. Commissioner Mark Gorman, who serves on the BCC board and is an equity member, abstained from the discussion and vote.

The improvements include revisions to the parking area, golf cart paths and sidewalks, expansion of the patio area, removal of the circular driveway on the eastern side of the historic Midway home that serves as the clubhouse, and the addition of a porte cochere at what will be the new front entrance, facing Country Club Drive.

“We think this will be a nice project and the improvements will highlight access for pedestrians and golf carts,” applicant Kevin Guenther said.

When questioned by Commissioner Bob Power on the preservation of the various trees on the grounds, Guenther assured the board the utmost care was taken while planning.

“We worked with a certified arborist to preserve the trees. We’re installing more trees than what's expected from county requirements. There will be maple, oak, and magnolias to replace the trees removed during construction, and we ensure a long life suited to the environment for them,” Guenther said.

The improvements also include additional parking spaces. 

The board also unanimously approved Brentwood’s first pet boarding facility Paw Pals, which will be located at 7114 Peach Court. The conditions of approval included the construction of a fence in the proposed brown color, prohibiting use of the outside exercise space as an overnight confinement area, and an emphasis on the controlling objectionable odors and noises from the grounds.

“I went around to the neighbors and everyone responded pretty receptively,” said Darryl Ward, Paw Pals's owner.

“The facility will be able to house about 30 animals per day, and there is 40 feet from the back of the building to the fence for outdoor exercise,” Ward said.

The property is zoned C-2, which does not include animal day care facility as a permitted use. However, the classification does allow the Planning Commission the opportunity to allow other uses if the use is deemed appropriate with zoning standards.

“This is a unique use of the property, and an appropriate one. However, this should not be used as a blanket statement for any other developers who seek to propose a business,” Campbell said.

The Planning Commission  unanimously approved the following consent agendas:

  • Hillside Protection Site Plan on Lot 42 at 841 Windstone Blvd. The proposal includes a 6,303 square foot home with a brick and “Arcus Stone” exterior. 76% of the lot will remain as green space.
  • A revised Personal Wireless Service Facility located behind the Community Health Systems building at 7100 Commerce Way. The changes will replace the existing panel antennas at the top of the tower with no ground or electrical work required.
  • A revised preliminary plan for the Valle Verde Subdivision on Moores Lane. Vastland Companies seeks to add an additional 0.16 acres of the adjacent open space to Lot 40.
  • A revised final plat for Valle Verde on Lot 40 located at 1646 Valle Verde Drive. Vastland Companies requests approval a final plat for Lot 40,which would add 0.16 acres to the lot.

Staff writer Jonathan Romeo covers the city of Brentwood. Contact him at jonathan@brentwoodhomepage.com.


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