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Developers request town’s new R-1 subclass zoning

Three developers have made requests to rezone their land to the town’s new open space residential overlay district classification.

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen OK’d the new zoning district on second reading 4-1 at last week’s meeting. Alderman Dot LaMarche dissented.

Ruth Hawk, community development director for the town, said developers for another phase of Rockwell Farms, Berkeley Park and a 10.9-acre tract on Fleenor Road owned by Sharon Byrd are interested in the zoning classification.

The new district, which can only be applied for as a subclassification in an R-1 district, will allow developers to do something different, Hawk said.

“It offers a different type of design than we have seen to date, which is the cookie-cutter design,” she said.

Developers also like the district’s flexibility in design and the formulas in its regulations that determine amount of lots a development can have, maximum lot and building coverage per unit and open space required, Hawk said at the Oct. 2 Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting.

“They can do quick numbers without having to get into the design,” she said.

Under the new district’s regulations, the number of units permitted on a development would be determined by dividing the gross land area by the minimum lot size of the base zone.

Open space will 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.

“Open space is the key to it,” Hawk said.

Although the district is aimed at protecting environmentally sensitive areas, many FBMA members acknowledged it would create more dense developments in the town.

“We could see the most dense development in the Town of Farragut than we have ever seen,” Mayor Eddy Ford said.

To be considered for the overlay district a development would have to be at least five acres.

Other regulations include front yard setbacks of 50 feet on arterial streets, 40 feet on major collectors, 30 feet on local collectors and 20 feet on local streets.

All accessory structures excluding fences, detention basin structures, subdivision walls, retaining walls and certain utility structures will be required to be set back 20 feet from the nearest point of right-of-way.

Peripheral property line setbacks will have to be at least 50 feet from peripheral side and rear property lines.

There is also be a required distance of 20 feet between all freestanding buildings.

Buffer strips will be flexible and implemented on a case-by-case basis. If the FMPC deems buffer strips are needed, they would be required to be a minimum of 25 feet in width.

Principal building on the development can not exceed two-and-a-half stories or 35 feet in height and accessory buildings can not exceed 15 feet in height.

The zoning requests will be discussed during the workshop session of the FMPC meeting Nov. 20.

In other business:

• The FBMA voted unanimously on second reading to change off-street parking requirements for bowling alleys from four per 150-square-feet of gross floor area to five spaces per bowling alley.

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