A meeting of the Maplecrest Neighborhood Association was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church on Fairway Drive. 

The meeting was called to order at 6:07PM by President Jeannine Huber.  There were 31 people in attendance.

Jeannine thanked the previous officers who had served on the Executive Board.  Lucas Leigh, vice president; Peter Erickson, treasurer; and Penny Van Kuren, secretary , were all recognized.

An election was held to fill Board Positions.  No one ran for Vice President.  That office remains unfilled. 

Barbara Edwards was elected to a one year term as secretary.

Barbara Edwards nominated Marie Anderson for the office of treasurer.  Motion was seconded by Kevin Edwards.  Marie was elected by acclamation.

The following persons were elected to the At Large positions on the Board for a one- year term:

– Christopher Adcock
– Kinley Winchester
– Dennis Shipp
– Kevin Edwards

President Jeannine Huber reported on several old business issues. 

Concerning traffic in the neighborhood, Metro Council is currently studying a proposal to lower the speed limit in neighborhoods to 25 mph.

Sidewalks:  Metro Public Works is waiting on a TDOT permit to cross Lebanon Road with the sidewalk currently being built.  As soon as the permit is issued, the section on sidewalk by the fire department will be completed, paving done along Fairway, and traffic cones removed.

A community cleanup day is planned for May 18.  Neighborhoods throughout the Donelson area can compete for prizes and recognition.  McGavock High School will serve as the cleanup center with regular recycling, shredding, and disposal of hazardous materials such as paint.  Neighbors may pick up trash bags and gloves at McGavock.  There will also be a barbeque cookoff.

A community yard sale will be held on June 1 for the Donelson Hills and Maplecrest neighborhoods.  Residents may schedule a yard sale on that date to take advantage of the many visitors who will come to shop.

MNA now has a website!  MaplecrestNeighborhood.com

The remainder of the meeting was dedicated to a discussion of the proposed Ariel development of property on Selma Drive.  To recap, in January 2018, Ariel Development Company was under contract to buy approximately 4.89 acres on Selma Drive bordering Stanford Montessori School.  They proposed building 24 homes.  This would require a change in zoning, moving from RS 20 to a Specific Plan district (SP).

 A community meeting was held, and the neighborhood association strongly disagreed with this change citing concerns about the precedent rezoning would set, water runoff, density, home design.   Several months later a second proposal was presented, suggesting that 18 homes be built.  Again, the same concerns were raised and the MNA voted to oppose the zoning change.  Currently, Ariel proposes building 10 homes.  Comments were solicited from neighbors on Selma Drive, Maplecrest Drive and Castlewood Drive, those who would be most affected aby the rezoning, and then comments were heard from all neighbors who wanted to speak.  Neighbors still opposed the rezoning, and water run-off is still a major concern, especially considering recent flooding.  After asking from input from The MNA again voted to oppose the rezoning.  Councilman Jeff Syracuse will be contacted with our decision.  The vote was as follows: 

For:  one member, 0 non-members

Against:  26 members, 4 non-members

*non members are residents of the Maplecrest neighborhood, but do not pay dues


The meeting was adjourned at 7:45PM

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Edwards