The City of Germantown, Germantown Economic Development Commission and Forest Hill Associates are partnering to develop a vision and site plan for the Forest Hill Heights area, located at the southeast corner of Forest Hill-Irene and Winchester Road. As part of the process, the consultant team for the Forest Hill Heights small area plan held a three-day design charrette and a post-charrette public meeting in December.
Based on discussion and feedback from the December meetings, the team has prepared revised design concepts to be shared with the community on January 26.
Located at the southeast corner of Forest Hill-Irene and Winchester Road, the Forest Hill Heights strategic area is a 303+/- acre portion of the 1,450 acres of land annexed from Shelby County into Germantown in 2000. The majority of the study area is located at the southeast corner of Forest Hill-Irene and Winchester Road and contains the Forest Hill Heights Planned Development, which was approved by the Shelby County Commission in 1996.
In August 2012 the Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopted a long-range strategic plan for the economic development future of Germantown. The plan was based on five guiding principles with specific actions to measure success. One focus in particular called for the development of small area planning studies in the city’s existing commercial and business areas. As one of the few remaining commercial areas with large undeveloped tracts, existing corporate headquarters and valuable access to important traffic corridors, Forest Hill Heights was identified as an economic node in need of a small area plan consistent with the recommendations from the strategic plan.
Area businesses, residents, property owners and interested community groups are invited to join Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK) and other members of the planning team for an evening review and discussion of the proposed master plan and recommendations. Plans will be available for review beginning at 5:30 p.m. on January 26, with the meeting held from from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the offices of Fisher Arnold on Crestwyn Hills Drive.