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FMPC considers PUD zones

The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission debated the merits of a new zoning classification for the town during its regular Feb. 16 meeting.

Glenn Coyne, a planner from Atlanta, made a presentation to the FMPC on behalf of Blanchard and Calhoun, the developers of the Kroger project. Coyne spoke on the advantages of the planned unit development concept, or PUD.

Coyne said the PUD would be a zoning classification and an area could be zoned PUD in the same manner an area is zoned R-1, R-4, or OSR. The six objectives of a PUD include development of functional open space, the more efficient utilization of land than is possible through conventional zoning standards, allow a mixture of land uses, protection of natural resources, efficient land use and maintain compatibility with nearby developments and consistency with the future land use plan for the town.

“A planned development would require a full narrative description of what they would be doing,” he said. “It would also require a concept site plan.”

The idea would be, in essence, to allow multiple owners in a PUD zoned area without subjecting the individual owners to certain particulars, such as setback requirements. Areas zoned PUD could include commercial businesses, residences, or a mixture of both, he said.

Coyne would write a proposed PUD ordinance and submit it to the town staff for input. Commis-sioners expressed interest in the PUD zoning idea, but wanted to assure that it doesn’t affect the stringent development standards in Farragut.

The town’s high development standards are the reason developer Chip Leonard brought his attorney, Arthur Seymour, to speak at the Thursday night meeting.

Leonard is developing of the Farm at Willow Creek and the builder of a subdivision off Evans Road. Seymour asked the FMPC to explain the reason why Leonard’s final plat hasn’t been set on the FMPC agenda for final approval.

Town engineer Darryl Smith explained to commissioners that Leonard had agreed to complete 1,700 feet of road running into the subdivision. He showed Commissioners photos of Evans Road in which some dirt had been moved, but no asphalt had been laid.

Smith said there were several items that hadn’t been completed on the town’s standard punch list, a set of items which must be done before the town staff gives final approval to a development.

In other business,


• approved a request by Larry Bulliner to amend the Farragut Zoning Ordinance to create a new pen space residential overlay district that allows attached and detached units.

• approved a request by Saddlebrook Inc. to rezone a parcel at 313 Boring Road from R-1 to R-3.

• postponed a public hearting on a site plan for the FLP Shops, located at the intersection of N. Campbell Station Road and Parkside Drive.


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