The City of Spring Hill is asking citizens to share their thoughts about the future forming of the city’s major roadways as well as guidance for the comprehensive development plan.

As one of the fastest growing cities in Tennessee, Spring Hill is prioritizing how to deal with that growth. One part of strategic planning is updating the Major Thoroughfare Plan. On Dec. 9 the city will hold a town hall meeting to discuss and hear from city residents about alleviating traffic congestion and the need for additional major thoroughfares through the city.

The plan, which projects arterial roadway needs through 2040, contemplates the need for major road construction projects, including addressing congestion on U.S. 31, adding an Interstate 65 interchange at Buckner Road, building a major east/west arterial road from U.S. 31 to U.S. 431 (Lewisburg Pike), and potentially extending Saturn Parkway to State Route 840, among other projects.

“If we expect to have 50,000 to 60,000 people in Spring Hill, and we want to encourage growth east of I-65, we have to create more connectivity across I-65,” said Infrastructure Director Dan Allen. “That will be a big part of this plan. We want to hear from the residents on the types of roads they would like to see built to help guide us through our future transportation needs.”

An extensive update to the plan is needed to prepare for continuing growth in Spring Hill, which is projected to double its current population of 32,069 within the next 20 years. The Major Thoroughfare Plan is being coordinated with the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, but citizen input is needed to ensure the plan fits the vision of its residents.

The town hall meeting will be a casual format allowing the public to drop by the Spring Hill Public Library, at 144 Kedron Road, anytime between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 to contribute ideas to the Major Thoroughfare Plan. The Spring Hill Planning Commission may consider the proposed new plan as soon as its January meeting.

The Spring Hill Planning Commission is also enlisting the help of citizens to guide its long-term goals on how the city is developed over the coming decades.

To establish these goals, the Planning Commission is forming a steering committee made up of community members and stakeholders of all walks of life to participate in guiding Spring Hill’s Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan describes the community’s vision and directs how the City will develop over time, how it will function in the future, the quality of life opportunities that citizens will be able to experience, and the ways to accomplish that vision. The plan guides us through land use, transportation, parks, recreation facilities, housing, utilities and more.

“Our goal is to form a committee that is representative of Spring Hill’s population, so we are asking our community members to be involved directly in the process,” said Spring Hill City Planner Dara Sanders. “We need the perspective of the parent, the employee, the retiree, the commuter, the educator, the business owner, the community leader, and so on.”

Anyone interested in serving on the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee may submit a letter of interest, including contact information (name, address, phone number and email address); a description of your interest in participating; and a description of the perspective you bring to the process.

Send letters of interest or questions to: Dara Sanders, City Planner, 199 Town Center Parkway; P.O.  Box 789; Spring Hill, TN 37174. Or contact Dara at (931) 486-2252, ext. 212 or [email protected].