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FBMA looking to annex more

Less than an hour after voting unanimously to annex largely commercial tracts on the south side of Kingston Pike, the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen fingered more land.

“If we don’t do it, we will regret not doing it,” said Mayor Eddy Ford, concerning land on the east side of Concord Road, south of Turkey Creek Road and across from the First Utility District sewage treatment plant.

“Now is the time for the town of Farragut to annex this property.”

Earlier this month, the Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission voted to rezone the land from agricultural to general business and approved a sector plan amendment request from residential to commercial.

Many on the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission said the request was premature because there are plans to widen Concord Road to five lanes. The land is also within the town’s urban growth area.

Ford said he favored commercializing the area if it is brought into the town’s boundaries.

“Anyone would benefit from having a grocery store in close proximity,” he said.

The FBMA voted unanimously to have the town staff look into annexing the land and send a letter opposing the KMPC vote because it is “premature.”

The FBMA also voted unanimously on first reading to annex mostly commercial tracts on the south side of Kingston Pike, from the current town limits to Canton Hollow Road.

In succession, the aldermen voted unanimously to zone land from the town limits to Amesbury Road to office, and land from Amesbury Road to Canton Hollow Road to commercial.

After the area is annexed, Knox County would receive the same amount of sales tax revenue it has been receiving for the next 15 years. Any additional sales tax revenue would go to the town.

Any business that operated within the territory prior to the town’s annexation would be grandfathered in and not be required to follow the town’s development standards.

The RUSH fitness center, which is scheduled to open its doors in either August or September at the former Food Lion location at the corner of Canton Hollow and Kingston Pike, will have to get site plan and signage approval from the town boards, said Ruth Hawk, community development director for the town.

“They would be treated like any other property in town,” she said.

• The aldermen voted unanimously on second reading to rezone approximately 26 acres located between Berkeley Park, Hickory Woods and Oakley Downs subdivisions from R-1 to R-1, OSR. Phil Cobble, the developer of the acreage, said the development would be the third phase of Berkeley Park. Preliminary plans would include constructing 56 lots with homes starting at 2,100 square-feet. A possible name for the development is The Reserve at Berkeley Park, Cobble said.

• The aldermen voted unanimously on second reading to rezone more than 25 acres located between Rockwell Farm and Fort West subdivisions and Dixon Road from R-1 to R-1, OSR.

• The aldermen voted unanimously on second reading to rezone more than 10 acres located at 13001 Fleenor Road from R-1, to R-1, OSR.

• The aldermen voted unanimously on second reading to change the municipal code regarding emergency lane enforcement to cite vehicle owners who park in emergency lanes rather than business owners to Farragut Municipal Court (see story in Jan. 15 edition of the farragutpress). According to Dan Johnson, fire marshal for the town, citations will either be distributed on the vehicle at the time of the infraction or by mail. The municipal court judge will set the dollar amount of the penalty.

• The FBMA voted unanimously on first reading to add a new five-story office district.

• The aldermen voted unanimously to reappoint Timothy A. Priest to another one-year term as municipal judge. Priest will be paid $100 per month.

• The aldermen unanimously voted to deny a request from the Knox County Election Commission to use the Town Hall Community Room for early voting for the 2004 Knox County General Election scheduled from July 9 to Aug. 10. The aldermen stated that those dates conflicted with classes already scheduled in the community room.

• The alderman voted unanimously to accept a bid of more than $181,500 from Greenback Asphalt for the Kingston Pike Sidewalk Project. Town Engineer Darryl Smith said the project could be completed as early as August.

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