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Requiem for Renaissance? FMPC, Mayor intervenes in Myers’ quandary

After months of preparation and an intervention by the town mayor, a grading permit has been issued to Noah and Knick Myers of Myers Brothers Holdings to begin moving soil on their Renaissance development project.

At the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission regular meeting Thursday, April 21, Farragut Mayor W. Edward Ford quizzed town staff as to the “where do we stand with the grading permit regarding this work?” when the issue of a request by the Myers for a 60-day extension on the development’s site plan was heard.

“Staff has been out there. We certainly don’t have a problem with clearing up to the 35-foot limit and holding off until its permanently decided what to do with the additional ten feet,” town engineer Darryl Smith said concerning a buffer zone situated between the Myers’ property and an adjacent property.

Ford queried as to whether the appropriate permits been issued to continue this grading.

Adding, “We just witnessed on another development thirty-one days, which actually ended up being thirty-five days.”

Noah Myers said, “The most recent revised submittal was submitted Wednesday of last week (April 13).”

Ford asked Smith if there was an opportunity for a temporary grading permit to proceed forward so they can do their land clearing rather than waiting for a full permit.

Noah Myers said, “We’ve been issued a land service permit which only permits the removal of approved vegetation on our site.”

FMPC chairman Robert Hill asked, “What do you need to do next and when?”

“Mr. Chairman it is imperative that we continue with the operation that we have; we have about one day left that would be required to remove vegetation that’s approved around building C without touching the thirty-five-foot line. That thirty-five-foot line is protected today,” Noah Myers said. “In addition, Monday we need to start moving soils on the site, which is beyond the scope of the existing land service permit of which we are in possession of.”

Ford again quizzed, “Where do we stand in perspective to that one day additional work permit that you are needing?”

To which Noah Myers said, “I am not in receipt of that additional one day permit to clear around building C, Mr. Mayor.”

“Where do we stand in regard to that? Why are we holding them up?” Ford asked.

Smith said, “I don’t think that we are holding them up. I think that we’ve been trying to come to a conclusion on this and it has been staff’s suggestion that we allow them to proceed with the clearing up to the thirty-five-foot setback.”

With that Ford said, “Evidently you have the permission to proceed.”

After further discussion, it was determined the Myers were only in possession of a land disturbance permit to which Smith added, “Grading permits are usually granted as soon as all the erosion control measures are in place and all the tree protection fencing is in place. We will go out and meet with them typically and inspect all that and make sure that we are all in agreement that it is correctly installed and at that point we will issue a grading permit.”

Town development director Ruth Hawk said in reference to the Myers’ plans, “They were submitted on April thirteenth and the comment letter will be going out Monday or Tuesday.”

In other business, the Commission:

• Approved a site plan submitted for an expansion to National Health Care, 120 Cavette Hill Lane.

• Approved a site plan submitted by Charles E. Theisen for an expansion to the Fresh Market, 11535 Kingston Pike.

• Approved a variance request submitted by Site, Inc. from the Resi-dential Street Lighting Require-ments, from the requirement of a high pressure sodium bulb to metal halide bulb, for street lighting at The Cove at Turkey Creek.


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