Garth’s Neighbors Oppose Project

A plan to turn Garth Brooks’ Goodlettsville, Tenn., home into a tourist attraction is on hold because of neighbors’ concerns, according to the singer’s attorney. “Keeping with Garth’s commitment [to his neighbors], we decided not to file our [zoning] application today in order to start the process so we could be on the public hearing by September,” attorney Bob Langford said Thursday (Aug. 17). Brooks’ neighbors packed a local church Wednesday night to learn more about the proposal and voice their reservations. “They had concerns about traffic and the particular entrance that was going to be proposed,” Langford said. “They were unsure about the whole project.” Brooks had hoped to open his “Blue Rose Estate,” situated on 20 acres northeast of Nashville, to public tours. He and wife Sandy have lived there for 10 years. A publicist for Brooks’ record company, Capitol Nashville, said he and his family are spending the summer in Oklahoma, where they are building a house on property they own. It is unclear whether Brooks intends to stay on his Goodlettsville property. “I’m not really privy to what he’s doing,” Langford said. “But he has maintained a commitment to the community that he was going to have some type of residence there. We’re letting him make his own personal, private decision about where he’s going to live.” Langford says he hasn’t had a chance to talk to Brooks about last night’s meeting, but says they will revisit the project in light of the residents’ concerns. “We decided to take what they said, look at it and put that against other options that might possibly exist,” he said. “Then we’ll decide if we’re going to go forward with some proposal in the future or not.”