Commissioners to consider three projects, including apartment units around water tower


The postponement of various projects is visible on a global scale thanks to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 virus.

However, this trend is not detectable when perusing the town’s monthly agenda for the Planning Commission.

The nine-member group has five formal items on its agenda this Thursday night and town leaders will discuss the future phases of three planned developments.

The preliminary site plan for the Schilling Farms planned development will include three commercial lots, three upcoming “development tracts” and 258 apartments south of Poplar Ave. and west of Schilling Blvd.

The 53.78-acre subdivision, which is being called the Water Tower District, will include 28 buildings that feature 109 single-bedroom units, 93 two-bedroom units and 54 three-bedroom units.

There will also be retail space created at the corner of Principle Ave. and Alberti Lane.

The planned development includes property within in the “horseshoe” between Schilling Blvd. West and Schilling Blvd. East.

The development is allowed no more than 1,725 multifamily units.

It is estimated that an additional 551 stand-alone apartment units will be built within 720 acres around Town Square. These future units could also be “fee-simple townhouses” or condominiums.

The Collierville 2040 Plan states that the number of stand-alone apartments can’t exceed 3,532 within the town limits.

Commissioners will also consider the second phase of the Oakwood development, which includes seven residential lots on 4.5 acres from 262 to 276 E. Poplar Ave.

The property, which must be rezoned for “medium density residential,” is within the local Historic Overlay established in 1989 and all improvements are subject to review by the Historic District Commission.

The applicant (Ashworth Engineering) intends to develop five new lots off of an extension of Ellawood Lane while keeping two houses on larger lots along Poplar Ave.

“We are requesting a waiver of Collierville’s requirement of a maximum cove length of 600 feet,” said Wes Ashworth. “The length of Ellawood Lane, once extended, will be 700 feet. We also request that we not be required to sprinkle the new structures. We feel this is justified because the extra 100 feet in length is small and will not interfere with public welfare. Requiring sprinklers will only increase the costs of the homes.”

Staff reports indicate that the “character of this area, which is the highly visible Poplar Ave. corridor that bisects the Historic District, is mostly established and is not expected to significantly change.”

“Any new residential development will be incremental and sporadic and primarily be in the form of contextually designed Detached Residential uses, but some
exceptions exist.”

Also on the agenda is the preliminary subdivision plot for the 64-lot Georgetown subdivision on Mt. Pleasant and Progress roads.

The minimum lot size will be 9,000 square feet, with a minimum lot width of 70 feet.

The developer will not seek to widen Mt. Pleasant Road.