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Single family homes tops building permit requests

Last year was a record year for development in Farragut, according to Mark Shipley, community development coordinator for the town.

The town issued 214 permits for new principal single family detached homes, 49 more than the previous year and one more than the number issued in 1999.

Single family detached homes accounted for more than 97 percent of the total new principal building permits issued in 2003, Shipley said during his presentation of the town’s Development Activity Report to the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission Feb. 5.

“That has been common throughout the town’s history,” Shipley said, “and I don’t see it changing in the near future.”

There were five permits issued for commercial/office use and one for institutional, making the total number of permits issued last year 220.

According to the report, the FMPC approved five final plats, which OK’d 144 new lots on 82 acres in the town.

In 2002, the FMPC approved four final plats, authorizing 125 new lots to be built on 64 acres.

One drop the town experienced in 2003 was in the amount of lots involved in preliminary plat approval.

Preliminary plats are associated with the creation of new public improvements, such as road profiles, utility plans, drainage control measures and proposed property lines.

Last year, the FMPC approved four preliminary plats encompassing 87 lots, a decrease of 115 lots compared to 2002.

Shipley said preliminary plat activity increasing mightily in the future.

“I don’t see that slowing down at all,” he said. “If anything it will intensify.”

Another major increase in 2003 was the number of commercial/office site plans approved by the FMPC.

According to the report, 17 site plans were approved compared to 10 in 2002.

The total number of site plans approved, which also includes public, semi-public and other non-residential uses, was 25 last year — a record for the town.

It was also a record year of development activity in the town.

The FMPC reviewed 66 final and preliminary plats, resubdivisions, site plans and requests for rezoning.

One rezoning request Shipley said could increase in the coming years is developers vying for the town’s new open space residential overlay district.

The new R-1, OSR district was created to provide flexibility in lot size and placement and to minimize disruption to environmentally sensitive areas.

“There is a preference for smaller lots and some flexibility,” he said. “Hopefully this will be a win-win situation for the community and developers … we’re just going to have to wait and see.”

According to the report, there were three rezonings last year involving the new R-1, OSR district and there are others that have been initiated.

The FMPC unanimously approved the Development Activity Report. Alderman Connie Rutenber was absent.

In other business:

• The FMPC voted unanimously to approve the preliminary plat for Cottage Creek, located on the east side of Herron Road and bounded by Sweet Briar and Woodland Trace subdivisions. The development is zoned R-2 and would encompass 14 lots on more than 8 acres.

• The FMPC voted unanimously to rezone 12 acres on the north side of Allen Kirby Road, approximately 700 feet east of the Knox/Loudon County line from agricultural to R-1, OSR.

• The FMPC unanimously approved the rezoning of 318 acres on McFee Road (the McFee Farm) from R-2 to R-1, OSR.

• The site plan for the reconstruction of Fox Den Country Club golf course was approved unanimously by the FMPC.

• The FMPC voted unanimously to change the platted drainage easements for Lots 4A-4D on the south side of Parkside Drive between Herron Road and the town limits.

• The FMPC voted 7-0 to approve the relocation of Charter Communications power supply from 139 Federal Blvd. to 11819 Kingston Pike. Commissioner Tom Rosseel left before the vote.

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