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Review Board questions public


The focus of the town of Farragut Development Review Process Evaluation Committee was the efficiency of the town’s present development review process at its Monday evening, June 20, meeting.

The committee, led by chairman and Vice Mayor Mike Haynes, centered a majority of its business in discussion with the town development and engineering staff. The committee and staff spent the evening contemplating different mechanisms of enforcement for the thorough and correct completion of the town’s commercial plan review.

Town Development Director Ruth Hawk and town engineer Darryl Smith explained the reoccurring problem with incomplete plan reviews being turned in. It was clarified that these infractions were causing both a backlog of staff time and delays in the review and ultimately the building process.

The committee discussed a multitude of options to enforce solutions to the problems. David Wooley, president and chief executive officer, BarberMcMurry Architects, was one of the most vocal members, suggesting stipulations such as fines for plan incompletion.

These fines, as Wooley said, would be carried out by “forcing the inept business to reapply for the review process, while doubling the application fee on the second application.”

In an attempt to improve the review process, the Development Review Process Evaluation Committee recently sent out a performance survey to 104 different entities of the area. The questions in the survey deal directly with the business’s experiences in working through the review, approval and construction process.

In adjournment, Haynes stressed that the next two meetings of the committee, scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, July 11, and Tuesday, July 19, will be solely for citizen input and comments concerning the current development review process.

For the minutes of the June 20 meeting of the Development Review Process Evaluation Committee, visit the town Web site at, www.townoffarragut.org.

 

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