CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – The Killebrew, a 307-acre, 1,378-unit mixed-use development in the Rossview area, received a recommendation for zoning approval from the Regional Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon .
The development was originally announced in March by marketing group Tiberon Services on behalf of local developer Rossview Farms. The property is on Rossview Road, just south of Kirkwood Road and adjacent to the under construction Kirkwood School campus.
The project was billed as a fully walkable, live, work and play community with housing, retail, education, entertainment and expansive green space.
According to the master plan submitted to the RPC by Rossview Farms, the project will consist of six neighborhoods: two high-density residential neighborhoods, two single-family residential neighborhoods, a Main Street District, and a waterfront camp and recreation reserve.
The total number of residential units is projected at 1,378, including a mix of apartments, townhouses and single-family homes.
On Tuesday, Clarksville Christian School announced plans to build a new campus as part of the development.
Killebrew gets green light from RPC
The Killebrew rezoning was presented to the Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission on Tuesday. Commissioners voted unanimously to recommend approval.
“Our company is grateful for the professionalism of the Planning Commission staff and the vote of recommendation for our project by the commissioners,” Rossview Farms manager Ronnie Moore told Clarksville Now. “Killebrew will create jobs, new public amenities and more space for education in our county. We are delighted to see the project reach this major milestone.
RPC Director Jefferey Tyndall presented the master plan, including street and neighborhood layouts, traffic forecasts, housing and street elevations, and project goals.
Tyndall also noted that the project is unrelated to the widening of Rossview Road, which is at the planning stage and would run directly along the development.
“I think it’s important to take a break here. There has been a lot of misunderstanding about the current Rossview widening which is being discussed with TDOT and the county engineer. It has nothing to do with this plan. It is not made to reflect this plan. This road was built to accommodate the CMCSS school system,” Tyndall said at the meeting.
He also noted that, if the rezoning was approved by the Montgomery County Commission, it would have to undergo several site plan reviews before being built.
Constable James Bagwell spoke out in favor of the rezoning on Tuesday.
“What you see in front of you today has been in the works for almost two years,” Bagwell told the commissioners. “The plan is a mixed-use community, a community that can be walked and cycled. … It’s also a community that focuses on education and the arts.
When asked for examples of similar communities, Bagwell compared the Killebrew in Westhaven to Franklin.
“Rossview Farms proposal is not the answer”
Three Rossview Road residents have spoken out against the Killebrew project, two of whom called it an example of indoor baseball between local leaders and developers.
“Rossview Farms’ proposal to develop a set of planned mixed-use units does not meet local housing needs in the Rossview area. This does not follow the precedent set by areas surrounding the planned site,” said Walker Silvy Jr., who owns property across the street. “Montgomery County doesn’t need a utopian mixed-use community based on crowded Atlanta suburbs or areas around Disney World.”
Silvy also noted that Moore sold adjacent property to Montgomery County for construction of a new school complex. This sale took place in October 2019, according to a report by The Leaf Chronicle. Moore accepted an offer of $20,000 an acre on the condition that his company, Moore Construction, serve as the site contractor and civil engineer for the construction of the school.
“Rossview Farms LLC operated in good faith and with complete transparency with the county government, selling the Industrial Development Board land for the Kirkwood campus and performing engineering and construction tasks at a cost that reduced the burden taxpayers. This is a matter of common knowledge that has been widely reported by local media, and to make statements to the contrary is simply misleading and untrue,” Moore told Clarksville Now. “Our companies have been in business in Montgomery County since 1965. We will continue to volunteer our time to local nonprofits like Clarksville Christian School and work as good faith partners with the government. local whenever asked, as we have always done in the past.”
One of the two roads leading to the school’s campus – the West Entrance – would pass through Killebrew.
Another resident, Billy McCraw, whose farm is opposite the Killebrew property, has spoken out against widening Rossview Road, whose current plan would take his house and part of his farm. McCraw was asked to return to his seat, as his comments did not relate to the pending rezoning request.
The rezoning for the Killebrew development will now go before the County Commission. The county needs a vote to approve a rezoning.
The county commission will hold an informal meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 2, when they are expected to discuss the matter. Residents will have the opportunity to express their support or opposition at this time.
The vote is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, May 9.