|Board Sees First Draft of Study to Implement Impact Fees
A few weeks ago the city’s planning director. Keith Free, gave the board an overview of possible impact fees for new construction. The fees would apply to houses and businesses to pay for new infrastructure in roads, parks, police, and fire. The preliminary estimate to build a single-family house would be a charge of $4,390. Business buildings would be charged based on square footage and building use. Consultants hired by the city presented a draft of their suggestions several weeks ago. They followed up with an informal presentation at a board workshop last week. Currently Sumner County charges building fees for schools. Several other cities In Middle Tennessee have fees (or development taxes) as a means to upgrade their infrastructure. Those cities include White House, Smyrna, Brentwood, and Franklin.
|During the past weekend Hendersonville hosted dozens of out-of-town softball teams at Drakes Creek Park and 500 runners for the Hendersonville Half-marathon. Next week we will have more than 150 teams playing in a tournament organized by Tennessee United soccer Club. All this is possible because we have an exceptional parks department, led by Andy Gilley, and very professional firefighters and police officers. These visitors generate revenue for our local businesses and sales tax for our city and schools.|
|Construction in Hendersonville|
|Bringing Jobs to Hendersonville
A year ago we hired a new assistant for economic development. We have increased the city’s advertising, participation with the Tennessee Department of Economic Development, and interaction with people who help businesses find new sites. We were hearing, however, that our workforce was not good enough. Are you kidding me? The reason that businesses were seeing that was that they were seeing who works in Hendersonville now. Those snapshots do not show the workers who live in Hendersonville but work outside Hendersonville. The consequence was that many of our professionals who work in Davidson County were not showing up as part of Hendersonville’s workforce. We needed data on what all Hendersonville residents, those working here and outside the city, have to offer. Then we could show employers those numbers. With the help of the Hendersonville and Nashville chambers of commerce and the Tennessee Department of Economic Development, we found some pretty startling data that shows how attractive Hendersonville really is for businesses that need employees. The data will significantly change what businesses see when they consider Hendersonville for their next home.
|What’s Going Where
Chik-fil-A will be adding a second drive-through lane and making some other outside changes.
|“…to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with God.” Micah 6:8
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