The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously the evening of Jan. 11 to rezone land for the Haven at Cool Springs to allow the development of a 297-unit apartment building and 8,595 square feet of commercial space.

The body's vote at its regular board meeting recategorizes 6.9 acres at 151 Cool Springs Blvd. in Franklin from residential commerce district 6 to a planned unit district, a more flexible zoning designation giving the builder, Houston-based Guefen Development Partners, permission to create higher-intensity residential and commercial development providing it integrates open space, mixed-use housing and features to promote walkability.

The development plan from Houston-based Guefen includes a six-story apartment building, two courtyards, a private pool and an extension to an existing greenway trail.

Before voting to approve the rezoning, Ward 3 Alderman Jason Potts said in spite of his support, the six-story building has him concerned whether current zoning regulations provide stringent enough height limits to protect Cool Springs’ characteristic views of scenic hill slopes. Potts said he will follow up with city planning staff about whether more definitive limits on building heights near scenic slopes can be enacted.

“Previously when this came up for rezoning, I spoke directly to the height of this structure ...,” Potts said. “I want to work with staff moving forward to assure we have tiered [building height] zoning as we approach these hills.”

Guefen has two other projects in the pipeline in Nashville: Haven at the Gulch, a 299-unit apartment building set to open at 641 Division St. this year, and Haven at Charlotte, a 318-unit, 10-story apartment building at 3025 Charlotte Ave.