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FMPC considers frontage reduction

The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission is considering a request that could open the door for another dense development district in the town.

During the workshop session last week commissioners discussed a request to change the minimum road frontage requirement from 75 feet to 60 feet in the small lot single family residential district (R-3).

Many of the FMPC were not in favor of the request.

“I would hate to see us move in a direction that makes things more dense,” said Commissioner Fred Jones.

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen OK’d another district Nov. 13 that will create dense developments within the town. The open space residential passed 4-1, and many on the board did not want to open the door to more similar developments.

“This is not what the community deserves and needs,” said Mayor Eddy Ford.

“If we approve this, we would have a lot of subdivisions go to 60 feet,” said FMPC Chairman Bob Hill.

“I am not in favor of going to 60 feet.”

The request will be on the FMPC’s agenda for a vote at the Dec. 18 meeting.

Ford hinted that a moratorium might be placed on the R-3 district by the FBMA until March 31, 2004, while the FMPC considers this request.

The FMPC is also considering creating a five-story office district with incentives for underground parking.

To promote underground parking, the district would allow more lot coverage to developments that incorporate it.

Developments that chose to put parking underground would be allowed 70 percent lot coverage. The current allowance is 60 percent in an office district.

“There would be a 10 percent bonus,” said Ruth Hawk, town community development director .

Underground parking is less expensive, Hawk added.

“It’s cheaper to build it in the basement of a building than a free-standing garage,” she said.

Another intent of the potential district would be to permit land adjacent to the interstate and Parkside Drive to have taller buildings.

The potential district will appear in the workshop session at the Dec. 18 FMPC meeting so the commission can discuss the amount of parking that would be required.

In other business:

• The FMPC voted unanimously to rezone three parcels on the west side of Fretz Road, north of Lanesborough Apartments, from agricultural and R-1 to R-3 and open space park. The vote was subject to the applicant posting a letter of credit to the town to make improvements to Fretz Road.

• The FMPC voted unanimously to combine the R-1 special exception district and R-1 district into a single district. The vote will affect Woodchase, Lake Haven and Powell Acres subdivisions.

• The FMPC will vote on requests to rezone another phase of Rockwell Farms, Berkeley Park and a 10.9-acre tract on Fleenor Road owned by Sharon Byrd to the town’s new open space residential overlay district classification at the Dec. 18 meeting.

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