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Planning Commission: Hinton Park improvements get approval

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By Graham Sweeney 

The town’s Planning Commission has unanimously approved four upgrades to Hinton Park.

A new playground, 45-space parking lot, covered performance stage area and paving of the existing gravel path are some of the features that are slated for the park, which is located on more than 110 acres at Holmes and Fleming roads. 

The town’s Planning Commission approved the improvements on Thursday night. 

Greg Clark, the town’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, said that a “main playground centerpiece” will be added to the existing playground.

The project is in the early stages. 

“We haven’t even gone to the design process yet,” Clark said. 

The playground will feature a “handicap ramp, climbers, slides, net climbers, a platform and tower overlooks.” 

The park improvements will partially be funded by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). 

A “permanent stage” will also be constructed near the existing amphitheater.

The improvements will cost $1.5 million, with TDEC paying $750,000.

Another aspect of the project will be an 800-foot asphalt trail from Fleming Road to the Hinton Park Lake. 

DT design|studio was chosen by Collierville to “translate the master plan into phases and revise the plan to interact better with the existing site and surrounding land uses.”

This is the second phase of improvements to Hinton Park. The first phase was completed in 2015.

Land on Houston Levee will not be rezoned

By Graham Sweeney 

Rezoning efforts on S. Houston Levee were recently halted by the town’s Planning Commission after a national car wash chain attempted to build between the Sonic Drive-In and Shell gas station.

Planning commissioners unanimously voted down a request to rezone the property from “shopping center commercial” to “general commercial.”

Tidal Wave Auto Spa requested the zoning shift.

Planning Commission member and Alderman John Worley expressed concern about the amount of traffic that the business would present and the overall rezoning. 

“I think you would be a good corporate citizen,” Worley said. “However, once (the property) is zoned general commercial, if you decide not to build or you aren’t successful, then we could be stuck with something else later on.” 

Commissioner Tim Goddard added that “this is more of what we see on the east side of town.”

“I think we need to keep the zoning as it is,” he said.

The car wash would generate “up to 39 vehicles entering at peak hours between 4 and 6 p.m.” 

The town’s “land use plan” designates the property as “suburban commercial.”

General commercial is generally defined as a allowing a “diversity of retail sales and services, office, and auto-oriented uses.”

They are located outside of districts, centers, and mixed-use boulevards and occur at the intersections of major and secondary streets, or as low rise, low-density linear “strip” development along major and secondary streets.

Alex Perry of Tidal Wave said that the business would “in no way adversely impact the public infrastructure.”

“It would offer a commodity to that growing section of Houston Levee,” he said. 

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