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Vista residents call for severing trail connection
Residents say Silver Farm development could cause high traffic through smaller Vista community

Residents of Vista subdivision have made a request that the town eliminate the walking trail connection between them and the adjacent Silver Farm.

The request was made at last week’s Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting because the residents are concerned that once Silver Farm is developed into subdivision it could cause high traffic through their neighborhood.

“There will be too many people walking through our smaller subdivision if a high density subdivision goes in on Silver Farm,” one resident said.

Many FMPC members indicated they would vote against Vista’s request because it goes against the town’s objective to connect all subdivisions to the walking trail.

“I’m not at all sympathetic to this request and I won’t vote for it,” said Bob Hill, chairman of the FMPC.

“We intend to put this plan in effect with the rest of the developments that come in the town.”

The request will go before the FMPC for a vote at the Nov. 6 meeting.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen voted 3-2 at its Aug. 28 meeting to OK rezoning the 69-acre farm from agricultural to R-1 rural residential requested by Landstar Development, LLC.

Ruth Viergutz Hawk, community development director for the town, said the R-1 zone is “more suitable for the property because of the sinkholes on the land.”

The physical constraints of the land, such as the slopes in excess of 25 percent along a ridge that backs up to Willow Creek Golf Course and a cluster of oak trees that are estimated to be more than 200 years old, also made the R-1 classification a more viable option, Hawk added.

Landstar plans to construct a subdivision on the property and could request to make the development a higher density subdivision if an open space residential overlay district is OK’d by the FBMA.

If the district, the brainchild of the FMPC, is incorporated, it could only be applied for as a subclassification in an R-1 district.

The new district will go before the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen for first reading at tonight’s meeting.

The new zoning district would conserve environmentally sensitive areas and give developers flexibility in design, some FMPC members said.

Open space would have to be an integral part of the overall design of the potential development and encompass 35 percent of the development in order to conserve natural and man-made features on the site.

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