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FMPC decrees plan for land town may annex

The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission OK’d a plan of services and zoning for the largely commercial area on the south side of Kingston Pike the town may annex in early 2004.

The FMPC voted 8-0 to approve the proposals for the stretch between Canton Hollow Road and Thornton Drive. Alderman Constance Rutenber was absent.

Under the plan of services, the town would only be responsible for street maintenance and repair services to 549 linear feet of Amesbury Road and Farlow Drive.

Street lighting along Kingston Pike would be assessed and provided by the town in accordance with all town policies within 18 months of annexation.

Mayor Eddy Ford said the town would also accept responsibility for maintenance of the street light at the Canton Hollow Road, Kingston Pike intersection.

Knox County already provides a large portion of services for the area, such as police enforcement and fire and ambulance service.

Private vendors provide other services such as water, sewer, electric, natural gas and solid waste collection.

Zoning for the area will match the existing use.

The section from the town’s current boundary to Amesbury Road would be zoned office, from Amesbury Road to Canton Hollow Road would be commercial.

The plan of services and proposed zoning will now go before the Farragut Board of Mayor and Alderman for approval.

The FMPC also voted 8-0 to approve an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance to create a five-story office district.

The new district will contain an incentive for underground parking.

The ordinance states if a minimum of 20 percent of parking is incorporated as part of the development, the total lot coverage may be increased from 60 to 70 percent.

“There would be a 10 percent bonus,” said Ruth Hawk, community development director for the town, at the Nov. 20 FMPC meeting.

In other business:

• The FMPC voted 8-0 to extend the preliminary plat approval for Inverness subdivision one year.

• A request to amend the site plan to change the drainage plan for Parkside Plaza located on the south side of Parkside Drive, between Herron Road and the town limits, was approved 8-0.

• The FMPC voted 8-0 to approve a proposed sewer line extension to serve the new Parkside Plaza from an existing sewer line on Herron Road to Parkside Drive.

• Another construction firm has requested the town’s new open space residential overlay district. The potential development is located on the north side of Old Stage Road, between South Hobbs Road and Triple Crown Boulevard.

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