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FMPC stirred by Fox Run damage
Fox Run residents present photos of rain damage, accounts of mud slides, flooded streets, storm drains

The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission had its eyes opened to what residents of Fox Run subdivision called flaws in the engineering and design of the subdivision’s drainage system at the close of the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, July 1.

Gary and Melinda Bishop, residents of Fox Run subdivision, interrupted Chairman Bob Hill’s adjournment of the meeting in order to bring to light the damage the development sustained from recent rain runoff.

Bishop highlighted his presentation with a series of photographs and testimony about the recent heavy rainfall that brought a torrent of water from the higher elevations of the development down onto existing structures.

“I wanted to apprise the board of a problem up there that developed with the rains that we had Monday, a week ago,” Bishop said. “… and get you all to consider a rework.”

Bishop, using the overhead projector of Ruth Hawk, town community development director showed the commissioners a “river” of water that he referred to as “Fox Run River,” a photograph of a stream of water that was shown cutting through a yard of a home on Comblain Road.

“That stream normally does not exist,” he said.

Bishop went on to explain that behind the houses displayed in his photographs up on the hill “is the end of Brochardt (Street). Brochardt ends in a cul-de-sac up there. At the bottom of that cul-de-sac, all the water rushes to the bottom of that cul-de-sac.

“At the bottom of the cul-de-sac, you (the town) put a walking trail, that walking trail, to meet the requirements of wheel chairs, is cut flush to the curb. All that water rushes down that cul-de-sac and there is at the bottom of the cul-de-sac a catch basin, but right next to it is the walking trail and it’s level with the road.”

Bishop added that (the developers) increased the height of the curb at that point to try and get the water into the catch basin.

“Well, water follows the path of least resistance,” Bishop said, “and doggone if that walking trail going down through the woods isn’t the path of least resistance.”

Hawk said that the town had been made aware of the situation in the Fox Run subdivision and stated that town engineer Darryl Smith, who was not present at the meeting, also was aware of the situation.

“I don’t know how much rain was received on the east end of town,” Hawk added, “but we got between four-and-a-half and five-and-a-half inches in approximately seventy-five minutes on our end of town.”

Bishop went on to say that the subdivision ended up with six-to-eight inches of mud in the streets. He also pointed out that the lots in the cul-de-sac behind the houses in question, “they don’t have all those lots building yet, but they are going to be. Building means roofs, driveways, patios and water is going to run off.”

Bishop said that a concrete culvert on the side of the hill above Comblain Road had been clogged by the leaves and construction debris that had washed down from the cul-de-sac, causing the water to be forced into the air and down onto the yard soil cutting a “five-to-six-foot cut-away there.”

Melinda Bishop said that the developers were not properly complying with town regulations regarding silt fencing and none were in place at the time of this occurrence.

Hawk said that part of the problem was that the yards in question were not fully compacted as older residences are and “having that much rain in such a short period of time is very unusual. … the town has a ‘stop order’ in place for future development. What we have now is a ‘status quo,’ meaning (the builders) can’t proceed, they can continue building on the houses under construction; if they don’t get it taken care of we’ll issue ‘stop work’ orders on the individual builders. Right now, we’re in a massive clean-up situation.”

Hawk added that Smith had written Wallace McClure a letter explaining that the town had “had numerous problems with this, this is not something new.”

Bishop said, “Speaking for myself, I’m willing to give them some time to take care of the problem, but I really expect the town to back us up and get (the builders) to take care of it or stop work. … but if you build any more houses up on Brochardt then it’s going to get worse unless something changes.”

Bishop said that other damages were mud slides into yards, mud covering streets, mud damaging heavy steel fencing and silt and mud clogging the storm drain system.

In other public hearing matters, the commission unanimously passed a request by Pilot Corporation to amend the text of the Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 4, Section IX. Gasoline Service Stations, B., 5., to reduce the minimum width of the driveway separating pump islands and buildings from 40- to 30-feet.

The commission also unanimously denied a request by SES, Inc. % CVS/Pharmacy Corporation to amend the text of the Farragut Municipal Code, Title 9, Chapter 4, Sign Ordinance, Section 9-406., to permit wall signage on more than one side of a building.

In the FMPC workshop, the commission agreed to vote on a request by Jim Burritt to amend the text of the Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 3, Section III. Rural Single-Family Residential District (R-1), A., to require access to a street which meets the minimum design standards established in the Farragut Subdivision Regulations, at its July 15 meeting.

The commission agreed to vote on a Concept Plan submitted by Turkey Creek Land Partners for The Cove at Turkey Creek, Parcel 9, Tax Map 142DA, known as the Matthews property, bounded by Stonecrest, Farragut View, Woodland Trace and Sweet Briar subdivisions, 33.95 Acres, 74 Lots, Zoned R-1/OSR, at its July 15 meeting.

The commission agreed to vote on a request by Turkey Creek Land Partners to rezone portions of Parcels 2 & 3, Tax Map 130MK, approximately 27,250 square feet located adjacent to the Sweet Briar and Stonecrest subdivisions and the Matthews property, from B-1 Buffer Zone to R-1 and OSR, and to rezone portions of Parcel 9, Tax Map 142DA, known as the Matthews property, approximately 29,000 square feet located adjacent to Sweet Briar and Stonecrest subdivisions from R-1 and OSR to Buffer Zone, at its July 15 meeting.


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