Germantown releases apartment study examining impact new developments could have

Updated: May. 16, 2019 at 10:07 PM CDT
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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (WMC) - The City of Germantown put a moratorium on new apartments in January 2018.

Sixteen months and much research later, the report examines how apartments and the people living in them use city services.

"This is just incredible! This is incredible information we can use for any scenario,” said Germantown Alderman Rocky Janda.

Germantown Alderman Rocky Janda says he looks forward to diving deep into the specifics of the new apartment moratorium study.

He and the rest of the aldermen and Germantown’s mayor got their first glance at it during Thursday night’s board meeting.

Janda is impressed.

"If there's somebody coming in with 100 apartments or somebody coming in with 200 apartments, and they're in a particular price range, we're going to be able to figure out how it impacts our whole community,” said Janda.

City leaders say they commissioned the study because of "local public concern" about dense developments and the negative impact apartments could have on infrastructure, traffic and public safety.

"It looked at past data, 10 years worth of data and made projections forward based upon what we know from call volume whether it’s the police department or the fire department, the number of students enrolled in our five Germantown municipal schools, soon to be six with the elementary,” said Patrick Lawton, Germantown city administrator.

The report also looked at how single-family homes, condos and assisted-living facilities use city services.

"Peel down the numbers and see how it affects.. but as far as I'm concerned, as far as the impact on our ambulances and stuff like that... we're seeing it's the retirement community and not the apartments,” said Janda.

"There's a lot of information to digest. And the board of alderman will need to understand the data. Give them time to read it and then come up with a recommendation on where do we go from here,” said Lawton.

City staff put the report together, saving taxpayers the cost of paying a consultant.

Lawton says the aldermen will discuss the study next month.

Germantown’s apartment moratorium is set to expire at the end of June.

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