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FMPC denies ‘The Farm’ approval

The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission denied final approval for The Farm at Willow Creek proposed development after a lengthy presentation by David Black, an attorney representing developer Chip Leonard.

“We don’t understand what the problem is with Evans Road,” Black told Commissioners in reference to alleged Evans Road problems. “We don’t understand why we can’t have this approved.”

Black told Commissioners during the presentation Leonard believes he has completed all that has been asked of him by the town.

Community Development Director Ruth Hawk and Darryl Smith, town engineer, said Leonard hasn’t met town requirements in several areas, including the setback for the right of way and the completion of Evans Road.

Smith said part of the trouble is there are two engineering firms involved in the project. One firm is doing the subdivision looking out toward Evans Road, while the other firm is doing the road looking back toward the subdivision.

“When you have two different companies using two different datums, you’re liable to get a few things that are off,” Smith said.

Tom Hale, town attorney, told Commissioners the reason there are two engineering firms involved in the project is because Cannon and Cannon Inc., the original firm involved in The Farm at Willow Creek, won’t do any more work for Leonard until a resolution over a $17,000 outstanding bill is reached.

“What we have here are two different design engineers working on what has become a big puzzle,” Hale said. “Cannon and Cannon told me they were owed money and they weren’t going to do any more work until they were paid.”

In other business, Jim Nixon agreed to reschedule a public hearing on a site plan for his development to the next FMPC meeting. Nixon, a representative of Farragut Land Partners, has proposed a development at the corner of Parkside Drive and Campbell Station Road.

Brian Sellers, an attorney for First Tennessee Bank, told Commissioners the bank had some reservations about the development and just wanted an opportunity to go over the concerns.

“We workshopped this extensively last time and we would have loved for you and your clients to have been there,” Commission Chairman Robert Hill said.

Hill told Sellers that Nixon had met all the requirements of the Commission.

In unrelated matters, Commissioners approved two variances for the new Kroger development. The variance establishes entrances on Kingston Pike. One will be just east of the old Kmart entrance, near El Centinela restaurant.

The purpose of this location, said Cannon and Cannon engineer Kim Ramsey, is to maintain the flow of traffic on Kingston Pike. Ramsey told commissioners this location will have the addition of a stop light and was chosen because it won’t impede left-turn traffic into the veterinary clinic across from the development.

The other Kingston Pike entrance will be approximately 350 feet to the west of the new stop light and will allow only right turns into and exiting the development.

In other matters, Commissioners:

Approved a preliminary plat for the BridgeMore subdivision at the request of Placemakers, LLC.

Approved an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance that requires the site plan preparer to certify the submitted site plan includes and addresses all items identified in the application checklist.


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