Ashby mixed-use development comes before Collierville Planning Commission again
Collierville could see more apartments, houses, commercial buildings and parkland.
The Collierville Planning Commission will review three items Thursday from project representatives Looney Ricks Kiss for Ashby Planned Development — a 134-acre project with plans for apartments, town homes, single-family homes, retail shops, office space, hotels and an assisted-living facility.
The Planning Commission will look at a request to approve the planned development, amend the Collierville 2040 Land Use Plan and rezone tracts for mixed-use projects.
Town Planner Jaime Groce said the development would sit behind Walmart, 560 W. Poplar Ave., and add a connector road from Maynard Drive to White Road.
"It's really an underutilized area of town," Groce said. "If this is approved, it helps get that area filled in in a way that could provide a lot of different needs, create more of a center of town there."
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Groce said the road connection will help with emergency response times, waste management pickup and school bus routing. It would also minimize traffic and congestion in the area.
If approved, the development will feature up to 198 apartment units, 143 senior-living units and 461 townhomes along with retail, commercial and green space.
Groce said the developers also will plan for a walking trail from W.C. Johnson Park down to Town Square.
Residents expressed opposition and concerns for the development on social media and said the road connection will make the streets more dangerous for children. Some residents also posted yard signs against the road connection and apartments.
"The developer does have some rights," Groce said. "Thursday we'll explain to the neighborhood that the developer does have the zoning, and it's not like they're asking for apartment zoning that they don't already have."
Groce said he looks forward to educating the public about the development.
Developers and the town first began meeting for the project about a year and a half ago, said Don Singleton, a Collierville planner.
The first neighborhood meeting for Ashby was held in March 2020, and since then the project plans have evolved to fit town criteria.
The last time Ashby came before the Planning Commission in September it was deferred upon the applicant's request.
If the three items are recommended for approval by the Planning Commission Thursday, then they will move to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Dima Amro covers the suburbs for The Commercial Appeal and can be reached at [email protected].