Residential development planned near new high school

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Town officials are scheduled to approve the rezoning of 65 acres south of Bill Morris Parkway. 

On June 22, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will vote to rezone Cartwright Farms from ‘forest agricultural residential’ to ‘low density residential’ to make way for the Clara’s Ridge planned development. 

The ‘cluster subdivision’ development will include 81 single family residential lots and a large park. The property is surrounded by Highway 385 and the new Collierville High School. Kevin Vaughan, of Township Development Services, has submitted the application on behalf of Crews Development. The development will include a 32-acre public park. 

“Clara’s Ridge at Cartwright Farms marks the beginning of the development of the former Cartwright Nursery property that has been in the Cartwright family for over 70 years,” Vaughan wrote. 

The property was once home to the largest commercial nursery in North America. It closed operations in 2019 and being used for row crop production.

The name ‘Clara’s Ridge’ pays homage to the matriarch of the Cartwright family. 

“The development of this property was contemplated during the site selection for the new high school and provisions for a protection of the view shed to the new high school property was sought,” wrote Vaughan. 

More than 50-percent of the property will remain open space. 

A public hearing on the matter was held on March 9.