Batey Property Development
82 acre parcel creates neighborhood issue.
July 5, 2017
A proposal to build 105 homes on one of the few pieces of open space left on Hendersonville's Indian Lake peninsula. Steve Hohulin of Gresham Smith and Partners explained why builders D. R. Horton asked that a 35-acre tract of land known as the Batey farm (owned by that family since the early 1960's) be rezoned from SR-1 to SR-1 Planned Unit Development. The 25% higher density rezoning would allow the building more homes needed to offset the cost of drainage fixes and road improvements that already plague the area.
The developer would be required to connect Berry Hill Drive with East Drive per the city's Land Use and Transportation Plan. The city would also need to acquire land from at least one other land owner in order to construct the new road.
Tax records show the Batey family sold two pieces of property - the 35-acre tract on East Drive and Indian Lake Road and 38 acres just across Stuart Drive on Nathan Forest Drive - to Destiny Real Estate Ventures, LLC for $2.7 million in June of 2016.
Hendersonville City Staff Report - Batey
July 14, 2017
The Hendersonville Regional Planning Commission denied a developer's request to rezone Batey Property
Hendersonville Standard Report
October 23, 2107
Indian Lake Peninsula residents met with Henderson-ville city officials in a 10/23/17 public meeting to discuss a proposal to purchase the Batey Farm property.
When plans to develop the property fell through, the city began conversations with Destiny East Real Estate to look at the possibility of purchasing the property. They are asking $3 million for the property. Many residents seemed willing to help pay for the purchase of the property.
The city is getting the land appraised, which is due in mid-December, Mayor Clary told residents interested in forming a committee to help fund the purchase to email him. Clary said the next step would be for people to move forward on funding the purchase. The city will get an appraisal and they will move forward from there.
FRIENDS OF INDIAN LAKE PENINSULA
Committee ( left to right): Jeff Cundiff (Secretary), Ken Verble (Chairman), Kim Peel, Len Jannaman, Andy Gilley, Gayle Jones, Jeremy Krejci, and Daniel Olivas [Conn McConnell not present]
Mayor Clary formed citizens committee to research the possibilities for purchasing the property. He also ordered an appraisal of Destiny land (73 acres), due mid-December.
Additional property next to Destiny parcels : two 5-acre tracts (approx) owned by Andy Barrett and Jerry Huggins to be part of purchase.
The committee formed “Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula” association to raise money for purchase, buy the land, and make a charitable donation of the property to the City. The City would construct a park
Land Trust of Tennessee possible partner in procurement of land
FRIENDS OF INDIAN LAKE PENINSULA
Right now is our first and only opportunity to take control of how development and overcrowding will impact life on our peninsula. The Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula want residents to act on the once-in-a-life-time opportunity to buy the only remaining large tract of land (approximately 73 acres) left on the Indian Lake Peninsula. Thirty-five acres is the Batey Farm, located at the corner of Indian Lake Road and East Drive, and the other 38 acres is the wooded parcel sandwiched behind Stuart Drive, Trail East Drive, and Nathan Forest Drive.
A local real estate developer bought the land and wants to sell it. Maybe it sells to citizens who will preserve it or maybe it sells it to a builder who will build 140 to 160 homes on it. Either way, it is going to sell, and we believe that homes on the property would be bad for the Peninsula and for the city as a whole.
The Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula formed to find a way to buy and preserve the land. The Friends is a committee of Peninsula residents and is made up of Chairman, Ken Verble, Secretary, Jeff Cundiff, Kim Peel, Len Jannaman, Gayle Jones, Jeremy Krejci, Conn McConnell, Jim Horton, and Daniel Olivas. It has the support of Jamie Clary, Andy Gilley, Pat Campbell, Scott Sprouse, and Steve Brown.
The goal is for Peninsula residents to pool their resources, and to buy the property, and to work with the city to preserve it. Bear in mind, the city does not have the funds to make the purchase, but that must not get in the way because the threat of development is very real.
Make no mistake, the Peninsula never again will have the chance to preserve a large space like this, and the alternative of more residential development is unquestionably hostile to the way of life that so many of us here enjoy. Consider this:
• Development will add 350 to 400 cars to the Peninsula;
• Development will crowd more students into all of our schools;
• The Meadows of Indian Lake and Berry Hill still have available lots (200 + cars);
• But open spaces/parks have positive impact on property values.
On Monday, January 15, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., we are holding a public meeting in the main sanctuary of the First Baptist Church Hendersonville, located at 106 Blue Grass Commons Boulevard. At the meeting, we will ask residents to pledge the amount he or she would be willing to contribute to the fund. Please plan to attend and, by all means, share this information with your friends and neighbors because this effort needs as much love and support as it can get.
If you would like additional information, you can visit our website at fofilp.org or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/542268976140596/ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, please join the Facebook page and come to the meeting.