Plans for a proposed ice rink between Gallatin and Hendersonville have been recommended for approval by the Sumner County Planning Commission.
Commissioners voted unanimously last month in favor of a rezoning and concept plan for a 28.65-acre portion of The Goat Farm mixed-use development located at the corner of Nashville Pike and Shute Lane.
The project will now go to the county’s legislative committee later this month before heading to the full commission for a final decision.
As part of their recommendation, planning commissioners chose only to allow emergency vehicles to access Vaughan Street from the development into the neighboring Hunt Club subdivision. They also replaced a proposed four-way stop along Shute Lane at Jack Anderson Elementary School with a traffic signal.
“I think it’s a really great thing for the county, but I would also like to see something that the smaller community would be proud of and… wouldn’t just totally disrupt their lives,” Sumner County Planning Commission Vice Chairman Billy Geminden said about the project on March 23.
The county portion of the development would include a 96,000-square-foot indoor ice facility with two National Hockey League (NHL) regulation rinks that would be open year-round with seating for more than 1,800 spectators. There would also be three separate 16,000-square-foot buildings on the property, which would have a variety of allowable commercial and community uses.
Prior to the vote, planning commissioners heard concerns from 10 area residents during a public hearing regarding the proposed development.
“This development is inconsistent with the surrounding communities,” Sperance Lane resident Del Ghia said. “We have a quiet community on both sides of Shute Lane.
“If you put this in, for us it’s just going to be noise, noise, noise.”
In addition to light pollution and increased crime in the area, other concerns that were expressed related to increased traffic along Shute Lane.
“Shute Lane is already overburdened,” Shute Lane resident Tom Zaffore said. “It’s a very narrow two-lane road… and there is a tremendous amount of traffic already there. This development is going to add more.”
While acknowledging the concerns of those who spoke, Stratford Park Boulevard resident Jamey Campbell said his family is one that would benefit from the proposed development.
“We are a hockey family through and through and we… spend a lot of time on the road outside of Sumner County, so we’re encouraged by for the ice hockey development here in the area both for what it means for our high schools and for youth sports in general,” Campbell said, also citing local tax revenue that would be brought in. “This is a project I’m excited about and support.
Last month, a preliminary master development plan for the northern 25.67-acre portion of the property along Nashville Pike was approved by the Gallatin City Council.
In all, The Goat Farm would span more than 50 acres and would include 60,000-square-feet of retail or restaurant space along with a four-story hotel and 76 condominium units in the city’s portion of the development. There would also be an activity lawn that would feature entertainment throughout the year such as movie nights, lawn games and small performances.
If approved, officials have previously said that construction could start later this year and would be completed by the summer of 2026.