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Plastic Flamingos Used to Protest Sylvan Park Conservation Proposal -- Sky Arnold

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 10:11 PM CDT
Nashville, Tenn --- Mark Lambert never thought he'd be placing a plastic pink flamingo in his yard again.

That changed recently when Lambert learned about a proposed zoning change  for his section of Sylvan Park.

The proposal is a conservation overlay that would make it more difficult to demolish historic homes and place computability requirements on new construction.

In 2006, a opponents of a similar overlay including Lambert placed pink flamingos in their yards to raise awareness.

The overlay was eventually defeated.

"I had no idea this would come back up.  They were so badly beaten 9 years ago I never thought in my lifetime it would come back up," said Lambert.

Metro Council Member Jason Holleman is behind this latest overlay.

He says what's changed is the number of historic homes that have been bulldozed and replaced with tall homes that don't fit in with the smaller homes in Sylvan Park.

 "I've had a number of people who originally opposed adding conservation zoning who now say they're concerned about the rate of demolition," said Holleman.

Holleman says since the last zoning discussion about 10% of Sylvan Park's houses have been bulldozed.

Three years ago, a similar overlay passed for one section of Sylvan Park.

This new one would impact around 700 homes.

Lambert worries the proposed change would make his home worth less money and much more difficult to improve.

"It's gonna separate the big houses from the small houses.  The small houses are gonna have a restriction so it's gonna be hard to expand them," said Lambert.

Metro Council will make the first of three votes on the overlay Tuesday night.Plastic Flamingos Used to Protest Sylvan Park Conservation Proposal -- Sky Arnold


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