2017 Art in the Park Application Available
The 2017 Art in the Park Event is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2017 and will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Art, food, music, beautiful setting - it's easy to see why this event is so popular. As always, booth space for this popular event is FREE. See the full brochure and application HERE and sign up today!
2017 Community Wide Yard Sale
Have something to sell? Looking for a good bargain? Then don't miss this annual event. Last year there were over 60 yard sales participating in the event and we anticipate it to be bigger this year. Call City Hall at 615-952-2110 ext. 10 to sign up, and look for maps to all of the sale sights coming soon!
2017 Kingston Springs Farmers and Artisans Market
The 2017 season of the Kingston Springs Farmers and Artisans Market starts May 20, 2017 and runs through September 30, 2017. Due to it's popularity, this year the Market will run EVERY SATURDAY from 8:00am to 12:00pm. That's 20 Saturdays for you to get yummy, localy grown food and beautiful, localy produced crafts. The Market will be set in the usual location at the corner of East Kingston Springs Road and Harpeth View Trail. Don't miss a single week! Want to be a Vendor? Find an application and instructions on submittal at the KSFAM website HERE
Potential Thorntons Project - Questions and Answers
There have been lots of questions asked about this potential development on Luyben Hills Road and the ones listed below seem to be the most common. Please refer to the links provided for more specific information, and please feel free to call Kingston Springs City Hall at 615-952-2110 if you have additional questions.
The parcels of land Thorntons plans to build on are zoned C2. C2 zoned areas are referred to as Highway Service Districts and are, according to the towns Zoning Ordinance, “designed to provide adequate space in appropriate locations for uses which serve the needs of the motoring public.” The majority of parcels on both the north and south of our I-40 exit are zoned C2, and while that particular zoning allows for several different types of commercial businesses, the businesses that tend to settle in these areas are gas stations, restaurants, hotels, ets.
Why not something else, like a restaurant?
While the zoning of the area is controlled by the Town, the lots for sale are privately owned. As long as a proposed development meets the criteria of the area’s zoning, the Town has no say on what type of business is built on the property.
How many other companies have been interested in the property?
Since the property in question is privately owned, the Town does not know what conversations have taken place between the property owner and potential buyers. However, the Thorntons project is the first development of that property to come before the Planning Commission since the McDonalds that was previously on the site closed almost two years ago.
What does Commercial Zoning mean?
Commercial districts are designed to provide sufficient space in appropriate locations to satisfy specific functions. There are several types of commercial districts, each zoned to serve a specific purpose (C1 for a Central Business District, C2 for Highway Services, and C3 for Neighborhood Services). You can find out more about our Zoning Ordinances HERE.
Can lots in that area be rezoned?
Once lots have been zoned for a particular use, and the lot has been or is being used for its intended purpose, it can be difficult to change the zoning of that lot. In addition, changing the zoning of a lot that is in initial development is not possible.
What about traffic?
Potential traffic problems are a concern for this development and the Kingston Springs Planning Commission discussed that concern thoroughly at their March Planning Commission meeting (see a video of the meeting HERE). Although the group representing Thorntons provided an initial traffic study with the development, the Planning Commission has asked them to provide additional information that will be more specific to how the development night affect traffic on Luyben Hills Road – specifically with larger trucks accessing Luyben Hills Road on the north side of the interstate.
Is this another truck stop?
Thorntons calls their development a Travel Center rather than a truck stop. While this might seem like two names for the same thing, the proposed development differs from Petro on the south side of the interstate. While the Thorntons station will have a separate canopy for fueling large trucks in the back of the building, it does not have the amenities (showers, a sit-down restaurant, game room, etc.) associated with many truck stops. Their concept is a “gas and go” for larger trucks. There are up to eight parking spaces for large trucks in their back parking lot but they have stated their commitment is to police the lot regularly and not allow parking for long durations.
2017 KS Board of Commissioners Annual Retreat
On February 17-18, 2017 the Kingston Springs Board of Commissioners held their annual working retreat at Montgomery Bell State Park. The retreat was open to the public and the Commissioners discussed current town events as well as initial planning discussions for the 2017-2018 budget year. In addition, Gary Jaeckel, Management Consultant from the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service spoke to the group on topics ranging from municipal finance to the roles of the Commissioners in the community.
(Pictured left to right: Mayor Tony Gross, Commissioner Geoff Lorenz, Vice Mayor Bob Stohler, Assistant City Manager John Lawless, Commissioner Glenn Remick. Present but not pictured: Commissioner Gary Corlew and Interim City Manager/City Recorder Debbie Finch)
KS Spring Youth Soccer Sign-Up
Kingston Springs Youth Soccer registration is open through February 4, 2017. Drop off your forms at City Hall - we'll also be here Saturday (February 4th) from 9:00 - 12:00 for Soccer Registration. Late registration will be the week of February 5th – 10th, 2017. No applications will be accepted after February 10th. Season is scheduled to run March 11th - May 13th 2017.
Applications can be picked up at City Hall or found HERE
Holiday Decorations Installed
It's looking a lot more festive around town, including new decorations on Luyben Hills Road south of the Interstate 40 intechange - more decorations on the way. A big thanks to Dickson Electric for the assistance in hanging our decorations
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