Neighborhoods in process of getting city approval to install public access gates

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Public access gates will be back on the agenda next month, as one Northside neighborhood takes its application for gates to the Jackson City Council, and another goes before the city’s site plan review committee.

The Heatherwood Area Homeowners Association’s gating application will be up for council approval on February 19. And on February 7, the Woodland Hills Conservation Association (WHCA) will have its application reviewed by site plan review.

Woodland Hills is hoping to install gates on Glenway Drive at Old Canton Road and at the merger of Ridge and Wood Dale Drive.

WHCA President Mary Alice White confirmed that the neighborhood was seeking to install the gates but didn’t comment further.

Woodland Hills had hoped to install the gates previously, but the measure was opposed by a homeowner living just outside the gate. That homeowner no longer lives there. 

Heatherwood hopes to install a gate on Briarfield Road near the intersection of Briarfield and River Thames Road.

Association president Ann Fry spoke to the Sun last summer. She said the gate is needed to reduce cut-through traffic in the neighborhood.

Heatherwood’s residential streets are often used by motorists as cut-throughs between Ridgewood Road and Old Canton Road, two major city thoroughfares.

Meanwhile, the Greater Eastover Foundation is still in the site plan review process.

Site plan review includes members from various city departments, including public works, fire, police and zoning.

Members review gating applications and determine whether proposals are in compliance with current ordinances, and also looks at what impacts the structures could have on infrastructure, public safety and the like.

 

The committee first took up Eastover’s application last October.

The neighborhood is hoping to install six gates, one at Ridgewood Road and Eastover Drive, Quail Run Road and East Manor Drive, Meadowbrook Road and Dogwood Circle, Lake Circle at Rhymes Place, Eastbourne Place at Rhymes and Douglass Drive behind Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Following the review, the neighborhood was required to make a number of revisions to the plans.

“There’s nothing to report. We had site plan review in October … and we’ve been going back and forth,” Executive Director Dana Robertson said.

Robertson declined to comment on the specifics of the needed revisions. Director of Planning and Development Mukesh Kumar was out of the office last week and unavailable to answer questions.

Jordan Hillman, deputy director of planning said the neighborhood “received comments on median locations and roads with type issues.” 

No further details were made available.

According to Eastover’s initial plans, the gates would be installed at locations where the neighborhood had previously installed brick columns. The columns mark the neighborhood’s official entrances.

Jackson’s gating ordinance was updated in 2017. Under the measure, gating applications must be signed off on by site plan review before going to the council for final approval.

Site plan review will discuss the Woodland Hills gates on Thursday, February 19. The meeting is at 1 p.m., on the first floor of the Warren Hood Building in downtown Jackson. The meeting is open to the public, but public comments will not be taken.

 

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