Envision Franklin

128 ENVISION FRANKLIN | Appendix CARNTON DEMOGRAPHICS/ GENERAL INFORMATION The Carnton Character Area is the smallest of the character areas with less than 1,590 acres. The area is centrally located just south of the Central Franklin Character Area, west of the McEwen Character Area, north of the Goose Creek Character Area, and east of the Southall Character Area. TRANSPORTATION/ACCESS Lewisburg Avenue provides access to the northern and eastern properties within the Carnton Character Area. The corridor, currently a two lane cross section with no pedestrian or bicycle amenities, is recommended to be widened to three lanes from the railroad tracks to Mack Hatcher Parkway. Mack Hatcher Parkway bisects the character area and provides east-west access to adjacent areas. Mack Hatcher Parkway is currently a two lane cross section but is identified as a future four lane divided cross section in the 2010 City of Franklin Major Thoroughfare Plan. The widening of Mack Hatcher Parkway in this area is recommended to accommodate the increase in population throughout the City. ENVIRONMENTAL/ GEOLOGY/TOPOGRAPHY A significant portion of the northern boundary is constrained by the Harpeth River floodplain. The floodplain and the adjacent wetland areas are currently maintained as open space and are valuable as such. The green buffers that are created along Lewisburg Pike and within the Sullivan Farms subdivision could serve as area for future pedestrian or bicycle connections to parks and to Central Franklin. LAND USE AND GROWTH The area is approximately fifty percent residential by land area, with a remaining mix of industrial, office, and public and private recreation areas. The residential development has mostly a suburban pattern, with a range of densities from under one unit per acre to over twelve units per acre. Most of the subdivisions in the area are not connected to surrounding areas, and some of the subdivisions do not have sidewalks. Within the character area, there are opportunities for additional light industrial, warehouse, or office uses. The existing development near Mack Hatcher Parkway and Southeast parkway has vacant and undeveloped parcels. At one time, the parcels along the railroad line appeared to be optimal for redevelopment as a transit-oriented node, but, it has become apparent over time that future transit options for the City will not likely include a commuter rail line in this location. TOURISM/CULTURAL/HISTORIC ELEMENTS Along Lewisburg Pike are two particular sites of cultural and historic interest. The Carnton Plantation, a historic Civil War battle site, is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public. The property is protected under the City’s Historic Preservation Overlay District and should continue to be protected in the future. Immediately adjacent to the plantation, is the recently acquired Eastern Flank Battlefield Park. Dedicated in 2014, the park now offers public access by a loop road, which allows visitors to experience the history of the site by utilizing a series of interpretive signs and digital kiosks. APPENDIX B