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12SNA Board Policy Statement – Purpose and Processes – Adopted 4/13/15

The 12South Neighborhood Association Board of Directors would like to provide some clarity regarding our purposes and processes as a board, our position regarding online communication with residents and members of 12SNA, and our perspective on continuing development in 12South.

Continue reading 12SNA Board Policy Statement – Purpose and Processes – Adopted 4/13/15

Nominee for 12South NA Board: Kerry Conley

About Kerry:
“I have been in 12th South almost 10 years ago due to the diversity, historical homes, walk ability & local businesses.  I’m for growth that fits within the scale, character and prioritizes the safety of our neighborhood and where the local businesses and residents work as a team. Currently I work for a local Nashville Education Non-Profit, The PENCIL Foundation. I created the Fido Alert to report lost or found animals in our neighborhood. I would love to see 12th South be a community where everyone is heard & properly informed of what is going on, while preserving its unique character.”

Nominee for 12South NA Board: Daina Storey

About Daina:
“Drawn to the character and diversity of 12th South, Daina Storey moved to the neighborhood in 2006. Since then, she has seen a lot of growth and change. It’s because of these changes Daina has become active in the community to ensure the voices of her neighbors are heard. Daina knows change is inevitable, but believes there can be progress without losing the neighborhood’s unique character and history. As a proponent of responsible development and progress, she is proud to live here and would be proud to represent her neighbors as a member of the 12th South Neighborhood Association.”

Next 12SouthNA Community Meeting – April 14 at 6:30 PM at the Sevier Park Community Center

An election will be held at the next 12SNA Community Meeting on April 14 at 6:30 PM at the Sevier Park Community Center. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Board, please nominate. Self-nominations are encouraged.

    • Nominations will be accepted via email at 12SouthNA@gmail.com by Sunday, April 12, 2015.
    • Nominations must include a 100 word bio about the candidate.
    • Nominees and their bios will be published on 12South.org.
    • Board members serve terms of two consecutive years. The term for this newly elected board member, because s/he is filling out an existing term, will end in October 2016.
    • To be eligible, nominees must be a member of the 12South Neighborhood Association
    • Nominees are encouraged to review the association bylaws (posted o​n 12South.org) regarding board member responsibilities prior to submitting/agreeing to the nomination.

Board of Directors membership is a significant responsibility, requiring a substantial time commitment and attendance at 12SouthNA board meetings monthly.

The 12S Neighborhood Association Survey

The 12South Neighborhood Association Board of Directors has constructed a survey to gather feedback from 12South residents about issues ​in the neighborhood. The link below will take you to the survey. It should only take a few moments and we would appreciate your participation.

The newest issue of the 12South NA newsletter should appear in the next week or so, and it will have a hard copy of the survey in it should anyone prefer to respond that way. You may complete the survey form and drop it off before February 28, 2015 at The Filling Station at 1118 Halcyon Avenue or you can call Paula Foster at 615-294-1319 to arrange for someone to pick up the survey directly from you.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/52KKKLC

12South Neighborhood Association Board of Directors – Position on 4 Development Issues

The 12South Neighborhood Association Board of Directors has been closely following the conversation about proposed developments in 12South, including those pending for the corner of 12th and Montrose, the corner of 12th and Paris, and on the site of the Tabernacle Baptist Church at the north end of the business district. We are also following the discussion of potential public parking at the parking lot being constructed for the re-opening of the Waverly Belmont School at the corner of 10th Avenue and Caruthers. Our summary positions on these four issues are as follows and we elaborate below.

  • We oppose the proposals to rezone residential lots for commercial purposes in both the Montrose and Paris projects.
  • We support the Tabernacle Baptist Church project as it is currently described.
  • We reserve final judgment on the advisability of shared parking between the commercial district and the school. We can see potential benefit as well as ill effects and would like to foster further interaction between and exploration by all stakeholders before a final decision is taken.

Because we are a neighborhood association, our concerns about these developments, first and foremost, center on their implications for the residential character of the 12South neighborhood. We have supported the development of an Urban Design Overlay (UDO) for 12South, which was last discussed at a community meeting in November of 2014. The draft standards for the UDO are attached.

The UDO proposed by the city planning staff would allow for some business development encroachment into the residential side streets in 12South—up to a boundary of 250-300 feet. On some side streets, as the attached parking map indicates, commercial development has already reached this limit. Any new encroachment (indicated in green on the map) would be specifically limited to the provision of parking and could not be turned toward a different future use.

Although we are generally opposed to the extension of commercial properties into areas currently zoned residential, we believe that the UDO reflects a balanced approach that would help to alleviate parking issues that afflict the neighborhood in the wake of increased development in the business district. The UDO would also set a hard limit for future development and prevent future piecemeal attempts to extend commercial interests into neighborhood side streets through zoning change applications. In addition, the UDO contains limits on building size and stories, requirements for how much parking must be provided for a business, setback requirements, and requirements for landscape buffering between commercial properties and residential properties.

Business property owners on 12South have thus far declined to support the UDO, as it limits their flexibility for future development. We begin with discussion of the UDO because we believe it is the best long term solution to balanced and smart growth in 12South, and our response to specific development zoning change requests is guided by it.

For example, the 12th and Montrose development seeks a zoning change to turn two houses behind Summer Classics to retail and office space with parking behind them. We are opposed to this as a piecemeal change, but would support it within the context of the UDO, which would allow for at least one of the houses to be used for this and perhaps both. Similarly, the development proposed at 12th and Paris would turn a lot currently zoned residential into parking. Again, we could support this within the context of the UDO, but not as a piecemeal plan that would take a residential property and make it commercial.

In contrast, the project proposed for the Tabernacle Baptist Church site is a completely residential one within existing zoning except for a very small piece that would need to be rezoned. This project would increase residential/human density in 12South, a positive goal that takes the neighborhood toward a future in which neighborhood residents increasingly patronize 12South businesses and potentially reduce the volume of cars coming into the neighborhood. The Tabernacle project developers have been very responsive to neighborhood concerns about traffic and parking and plan for ample parking for their residents as well as some public parking that could help take the place of the parking that will be lost when the church parking lot is taken up by the apartment complex that is planned.

The proposed parking lot behind the Waverly Belmont school does not intersect with any UDO issues, as the property belongs to the city. The issues at stake for this parking lot, as the 12SNA board sees it, are whether the implications of additional public parking at this site are positive or negative for neighborhood residents. That we need more parking for the businesses in 12South is a given. That the new school will increase traffic in 12South is also a given, and the city has taken various steps to alleviate this, including the extension of Waldkirch so that it connects with 11th Avenue. The parking lot also has egress to Caruthers, which means that public parking traffic, if public parking were allowed, would empty onto two residential streets at various hours of the day and night. Finally, there could be negative impact from the intermingling of entertainment/dining and school activities, and the board would like to hear definite plans about keeping the entirety of the new school property clean, safe and “G-rated.”

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Candidate bios: 12South Neighborhood Association Annual Election

The candidates are:

 

Titus Daniels is a native of western Kansas.  After graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, he moved to Nashville to pursue training in infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University.  He then joined the Vanderbilt faculty and presently serves as associate professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine.  He has been a 12South homeowner for several years and wants to support the development of 12South as a desirable neighborhood for both residents and business owners.  Titus and his husband, Will, live on Caruthers Avenue; they enjoy Nashville’s vibrant performing arts scene and terrific restaurants.

 

Steve Wernke is a native of Iowa who moved to Nashville to join the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt in 2006. He, his wife Tiffiny, and their daughter Livia have been residents of Halcyon since 2011. They moved from the Wedgewood Houston neighborhood, where they had been active members of their neighborhood association. Steve is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, an avid biker and an enthusiastic supporter of the Waverly-Belmont School PTO. He and his family especially enjoy Sevier Park and the great restaurants on 12South.

 

Board Member Elections to be held on Tuesday October 14, 2014:

  • Election will be held at the Sevier Park Community Center on Tuesday October 14, 2014.  Doors will be open to vote between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. There will be a brief candidate introduction beginning at 6:00 pm followed by a neighborhood meeting at 6:30.
  • Board members serve terms of two consecutive years, term for newly elected board members is 2014 – 2016.
  • To vote, you must join the Neighborhood Association for 2014. Here is how:
  • You must live, own property or rent property in 12 South to be a member. See attached Exhibit A for boundary details.
  • Pay $10 per person (or $5 per person 65 years and older), either by:
  1. bringing a check, cash or debit/credit card with information above to the registration table election night.
  2. Online via the 12South Neighborhood Association website, https://12south.org/
  • Ballots will be issued to each registered member between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m
  • The election committee will count votes immediately following the election.

Dues collected are contributed to the operating expenses incurred by the 12 South Neighborhood Association.

For further questions, please contact any of the current board members:

 

Thank you,

12South Board of Directors

12South Board Elections: October 14, 2014

Board Member Elections to be held on Tuesday October 14, 2014:

  • Two (2) board member positions are open.
  • Nominations will be accepted via email at 12SouthNA@gmail.com by Friday, October 3, 2014.  Any potential candidate who wishes to submit a hard copy of their nomination, please call 615-200-5057.
  • Nominations must include a 100 word bio about the candidate.
  • Nominees and their bios will be published on 12South.org.
  • Election will be held at the Sevier Park Community Center on Tuesday October 14, 2014.  Doors will be open to vote between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. There will be a brief candidate introduction beginning at 6:00 pm.
  • Board members serve terms of two consecutive years, term for newly elected board members is 2014 – 2016.
  • To be eligible, nominees must be a member of the 12South Neighborhood Association
  • Nominees are encouraged to review the association bylaws regarding board member responsibilities prior to submitting/agreeing to the nomination

To vote, you must join the Neighborhood Association for 2014. Here is how:

  • You must live, own property or rent property in 12 South to be a member. See attached Exhibit A for boundary details.
  • Pay $10 per person (or $5 per person 65 years and older), either by:
  1. mailing a check to 12 South Neighborhood Association C/O Bonnie Dow 1501 Dallas. Nashville, TN 37212. Enclose a note with name, address, phone number, and email address. Mailed checks must be received no later than Monday October 13, 2014.
  2. bringing a check, cash or debit/credit card with information above to the registration table election night.
  3. Online via the 12South Neighborhood Association website, https://12south.org/
  • Ballots will be issued to each registered member between 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m
  • The election committee will count votes immediately following the election.

Dues collected are contributed to the operating expenses incurred by the 12 South Neighborhood Association.

For further questions, please contact any of the current board members: 

  • Paula D. Foster                                  paulafosterlcsw@yahoo.com
  • Bonnie Dow                                       bonniejdow@gmail.com
  • Bo Spessard                                       bo@myemma.com
  • Todd McEachern                              toddmceachern@mdusi.com
  • Catharine Newman                         cemorynewman@gmail.com
  • Gordon Moffat                                 gordon@gordonmoffat.comThank you,12 South Board of Directors