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McFee farm eyed for development

Future plans for approximately 360 acres within the town were discussed at the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting.

A local real estate agency hopes to get the 318-acre McFee Farm and 12 acres on Allen Kirby Road zoned to the town’s new open space residential overlay district.

According to Jerry Whitehead, co-owner of Gables & Gates Realtors, if the land is zoned R-1, OSR, it could be the future site of about 450 homes.

Whitehead discussed the real estate company’s vision for the land during the workshop session of the FMPC meeting last week.

Although the new zone offers developers an option to cluster homes, Gables & Gates wants to build a more spread out development.

“The reason we’re going that way is to make something special and offer houses at different price ranges,” Whitehead said. “The zone offers more versatility. Rather than cut it into a ‘jillion’ lots, we want to create some excitement.”

The average house in the development could range from 3,000 to 5,000 square-feet with a price tag of anywhere from $200,000 to “in excess of a million,” he added.

“The homes will meet the needs of where people are in their lives,” Whitehead said. “Whether it be they’re retiring and want less space or need office space.”

The development would be equipped with swimming pools, tennis courts, a clubhouse, streetlights, sidewalks, parks and walking trails.

Several trees and a farmhouse would stay in tact.

“I’m interested in keeping a more rural look,” Whitehead said. “That’s why we have setbacks of 200 feet … and you won’t see the back of a house from the main road.”

Some houses in the development would have views of Mount LeConte, the Smokies, Cumberland Mountains and Farragut and Knoxville.

“You will be looking down on Fox Den and Willow Creek golf courses,” Whitehead said.

The FMPC will vote on the rezoning request at their Jan. 29 meeting.

Whitehead said they would like to begin construction in mid-to-late summer of fall.

The entire construction process for the yet-to-be named development would take approximately 10 years, he added.

On Jan 29, the FMPC will also vote on the site plan for the reconstruction of the Fox Den Country Club golf course (see story in the Jan. 15 edition of the farragutpress.)

According to a FDCC representative, the reconstruction will effect more than 29 acres within the country club and will include the “latest design greens and proper drainage.”

In other business:

• The FMPC voted unanimously to rezone more than 14 acres on the north side of Old Stage Road, between South Hobbs Road and Triple Crown Boulevard, from R-1 to R-1, OSR.

• The FMPC voted unanimously on a variance to reduce the width of the grass strip from between sidewalk and street from three feet to two feet in lots 111 and 122 on Lake Heather Road in Inverness subdivision, unit 1.

• The FMPC voted unanimously to oppose the Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission’s request to rezone land located on the east side of Concord road, across from a sewage treatment plant from agricultural to general business and a sector plan amendment request from residential to commercial. Many on the FMPC said the request was premature. The area is within the town’s urban growth area. The issue will be discussed at the Jan. 22 Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting.

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