A public access gate for Brecon Drive is one step closer to becoming a reality.
The city of Jackson’s Site Plan Review Committee is slated to discuss plans for the gate at its meeting on September 10.
The meeting is set for 1:30 p.m., on the second floor of the Warren Hood Building in downtown Jackson. The Hood Building is located at 200 S. President St., across from City Hall.
The committee will be reviewing plans to install a gate on Brecon Drive near Hillview Drive.
The device is supported by several residents in the Sheffield neighborhood, including Katherine Tate.
She described the gate as a “friendly barrier” that would be used to deter speeding along the residential street. Tate previously worked to collect signatures in support of the project, a requirement of the city’s gating application process.
To be considered for a gate, a group must submit an application and plans to the city. Supporters then must obtain signatures from a 75 percent of residents in the affected area.
The Brecon gate would impact about 30 homeowners on Brecon, as well as some residents on Hillview Drive, North Hampton Drive, Shadowwood Drive and Calnita Place, Tate told the Sun previously.
The device would be installed east of where Brecon splits from Hillview, and would not impact traffic from Spann Elementary School, she said.
Once the signatures are obtained, the application goes before the Site Plan Review Committee for a combing over.
The committee is made up of representatives from the city’s public works planning, fire and police departments. Members of that body determine that the gates would not negatively impact public safety or public infrastructure.
Once the application is reviewed, the director of planning makes a recommendation to the city council. The council then sets a public hearing to discuss the matter, to allow opponents and supporters to offer comment. After that hearing, the council either votes the application up or down.
The city council is considering amending the ordinance to allow public hearings earlier in the gating application process.
Ward Seven Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay had hoped to schedule a committee meeting in August to discuss proposed changes to the ordinance. However, she said those plans were put on hold because of budget hearings.