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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (FOX13) - Development plans are in the works for Germantown, but residents in the area say the city is moving too fast.

The Thornwood Planning Unit Development (PUD) will bring more retail, restaurants and a hotel to the corner of Germantown Parkway and Neshoba near Exeter.

The Germantown Mayor and Alderman voted to allow the developers to clear cut trees from the area so they can start phase one of their project.

DOWNLOAD: Read Thornwood Development warrant


Residents living in the Neshoba neighborhood are not happy, saying the area in question is considered a Landscape Preservation Area according to the city's Smart Growth code developed back in 2007.

“Many residents can look outside their window and see this development including myself and our stance is that we feel like the smart growth plans approved in 2006 and 2007 are being ignored,” said Deanne Wade with the Neshoba North Neighborhood Association.

The developers of Thornwood said they plan to add a percentage more trees back. They want to plant the trees now so they are grown enough and blooming in time for when the infrastructure is constructed.

“Theirs are all legitimate questions but we have revised this landscape from the plane and the sidewalk, this is probably the fifth, trying to alleviate the specific concerns residents have,” said Spence Ray with McNeill Commercial Real Estate.

The trees, street furniture, sidewalks and drainage fixes are part of Phase One; no start date was provided. Ray said architectural sketches, including what the buildings would look like, will be released at the next city planning meeting.

The board approved the warrant for cutting down the trees 3-1 with one abstain vote. Alderman John Drinnon voted against the warrant saying more information about the Smart Growth code needed to be addressed.

Alderman Forrest Owens said before casting his vote in favor of the warrant that this issue is a reason more clarification and definition is needed about what wooded areas can be “preserved” versus “restored.”

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