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Citizens group calls for Board to preserve policy



Dear Editor:



A group of citizens in Farragut has formed a new organization called Concerned Citizens for Responsible Growth and Development.

Their primary concern is to address the rapid growth in the Farragut area and the effect this growth has on the infrastructure of the community. CCRGD is a citizensí group that supports modern urban planning concepts to ensure responsible land development.

Members of the group have been attending Farragut MPC and Mayor and Board of Aldermen meetings to learn what contributions they can make to the community.


The town of Farragut currently has a zoning requirement that ďall lots shall have access to a public street which meets the minimum design standards established in the Farragut Subdivision Regulations.Ē

The town of Farragut has this requirement for all R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5, and R-6 zoning districts. However, most new zoning will be R-1 OSR. It makes sense to have a consistent requirement across all zoning districts.

The current ordinances require that public streets be improved before developments are built. This requirement steers development to where the road infrastructure already exists.

If a developer wants to build a subdivision before the town of Farragut has improved the public road, the developer may gain MPC approval by putting up a road improvement bond to pay for the required road improvement.

This is a logical planning method used across the United States. Without road improvement bonds (sometimes incorrectly called impact fees, which are different) the development is built, the people move in and then the roads are improved at the expense of the town of Farragut.

This creates long delays and detours that affect the safety of both commuters and children going back and forth to school, with school buses and family vehicles dodging earth moving equipment, dump trucks, and workers.

Without road improvement bond requirements, residential construction in the town of Farragut will explode. This will cause more school overcrowding in addition to the safety issues already mentioned.

Concerned Citizens for Responsible Growth and Development is asking the Farragut Mayor and Board of Aldermen to preserve the policy that would require all lots to have access to a public street that meets the minimum design standards established in the Farragut Subdivision Regulations.



Sincerely,

Mike Mitchell

Farragut





Reader supports

Wal-Mart produce quality



Dear Editor:



On Thursday, June 24, 2004, you printed a letter about Wal-Mart in Turkey Creek. I believe you made up this story. I shop every morning there and I never saw anything like you reported. If you were in this store you would see the stockers check everything before restocking, even removing dented cereal boxes.

You forced a family to close their restaurant on West End Road with your story, but I donít believe you can do that to Wal-Mart.

Please check with the Town of Farragut about the donation they give to the town each month. Maybe you cut the hand that feeds the town.

Thank you.



Sincerely,

Daniel Boyanz

Knoxville

 

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