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FMPC looks at town staffing

The town of Farragut may continue to add new staff positions.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission chairman Robert Hill opened discussion on the Development Review Process Evaluation Committee Report at the regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, Oct. 20, at Town Hall.

Hill said Farragut Mayor W. Edward Ford III assigned town administrator Dan Olson and Hill to create action plans to speed up plan approval processes and reduce staff paperwork, and Hill wanted to open discussion with the Commission before presenting action plans to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at its Oct. 27 meeting.

Hill said when town staff are on vacation, no one is available to complete staff duties.

“It’s sort of like running a railroad, you can’t stop all the trains just because one of the engineers is off,” Hill added.

Ford said, “I think you’ve overlooked the additional staff member that we are hiring called the associate town administrator … [town engineer] Darryl [Smith]’s hired an individual to replace an individual that left his staff, and a recommendation that came out of the [DRPEC] was that there be an additional engineer hired, so we intend to see that that occurs.

“I was a little concerned and felt that the committee should have recommended another position in the development review process. I’m looking forward, after the dust settles, that we get the new associate town engineer on board, hiring another person that fills the same role as [community development director] Mrs. [Ruth] Hawk that also can give the tech support we need.”

In addition to hiring new town staff, Hill said the Commission and town staff would save “a lot of time” if engineers would use the checklist of plan requirements provided by the town before submitting plans to town staff.

“We’ve been bending over backwards for this long list of [subject to’s],” Hill said.

Alderman Joel Garber said a “responsible” person be required to sign off on the checklist when submitting plans in an effort to make engineers more responsible for submitting complete sets of plans.

In the Mayor’s report, Ford announced the town of Farragut received a $208,621 grant from TDOT to cover 80 percent of the construction costs on the Old Stage Road sidewalk project.

The 1,930-foot-long sidewalk will be between Lawton Boulevard and Wentworth Trail and is expected to be completed by fall 2006.

In other business, the Commission:

• unanimously approved, 8-0 (Commissioner Stephen Hildebrand was absent), the final plat for Rockwell Farm - unit 6, zoned R-1 and OSR, 25.76 acres, 56 lots.

• unanimously deferred a request to rezone a portion of lot 16R-R2 from B-1 buffer district to O-1 office district and from C-1 general commercial district to O-1 office district, located on the northwest corner of Loudoun Road and Roane Drive, 1.94 acres, until the Nov. 3 meeting upon the applicant’s request.

• unanimously deferred public hearing on a site plan for a new John Deere Dealership, parcel 49, tax map 7, located on the north side of Kingston Pike at the Knox/Loudon County line, 1.23 acres, zoned C-1, until the Nov. 3 meeting upon the applicant’s request.

• unanimously approved a preliminary plat for the construction of Lakesedge Drive, the connector street between Parkside Drive and Campbell Lakes Drive, zoned C-2.

• unanimously approved a site plan for Parkside Station, parcel 191.04, tax map 130, located on the northwest corner of Parkside Drive and Lakesedge Drive, zoned C-2.

In workshop, the Commission:

• discussed a concept plan for The Reserve At Berkeley Park, parcel 29, tax map 142, Prince George Parish Drive, zoned R-1 and OSR, 25.84 acres, 53 lots.


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