|A truck supporting the conservation of Bells Bend.|
Now that the topography and river of the corridor no longer promise passive protection from explosive development, the community has mobilized to think about protection in a broader sense and to proactively, and at times defensively, to work to fend off development that is incompatible with the existing rural character. Thus, the third vision came about. The third vision is a philosophy of common ground: It’s not about choosing between a conservation corridor and a massive billion-dollar development, or keeping people out. It’s about finding a third way of conservation and growth for Nashvillians to see and appreciate what’s in their own backyard – before we lose the largest remaining rural area in Davidson County to blind development. www.bellsbend.org
In a series of community meetings, the city planning staff led neighbors through the development of a detailed design plan, adopted in 2008. The Community Plan has become a critical component for fulfilling the mission of the community:
To promote and protect the rural character of the Beaman Park to Bells Bend Corridor by establishing an outdoor recreational, agricultural, and residential conservation district that serves as a county, state, and regional planning model for open space preservation.
The community has celebrated families that have placed conservation easements on their land. The Land Trust for Tennessee holds these easements, forever protecting over 350 acres of forestland, working farms, watershed buffers and wildlife habitat. These easements, all located in the Corridor have set the example for what can be done by a determined community.