SPRING HILL — A request to annex more than 500 acres around Rippavilla for development will go to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen after approval Tuesday by the Planning Commission.
Planning Commissioner Gwynne Evans voted against the request, saying the land was supposed to be preserved as a buffer around the historic plantation.
"That's what we got told anyway," Evans said, adding that they were "sold a bill of goods" in 1985 when General Motors deeded the land to the Maury County Industrial Development Board in lieu of taxes.
GM is selling the land as surplus. Attorney Huntly Gordon asked the commission to annex 513.75 acres for his client, Trace Investment Partners, saying the developer has a "hard contract" for the land, which it would develop over the next five to 10 years.
In accordance with its agreement with the industrial board, GM is deeding roughly 100 acres adjacent to the plantation to the nonprofit Rippavilla Inc.
Maury County had hoped GM would accept its $946,000 bid for 85 acres near Rippavilla.
According to an Oct. 15 letter to Maury County Mayor James Bailey explaining why GM would not accept the county's offer, GM officials cited difficulties in dividing the property and said they consider the 100-acre donation a show of support for historic preservation in the community.
"We are working with our selected developer of this site, Trace Investment Partners, whom has expressed their initial support for working with the county involving the property," Holly Milewski, senior project manager for GM, said in the letter.
"At this time, we would like for the developer to begin working directly with the county as they begin their site development plans, and will coordinate a meeting between the county and the developer at your request."
The board meets 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 199 Town Center Parkway.