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FMPC greenlights ‘The Farm’

After several weeks of discussion, the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission approved the final plat for the Farm at Willow Creek Thursday, march 16, pending the completion of 25 “subject to” items.

In the past, the FMPC denied final plat approval for the subdivision due to concerns over proper setbacks from the right-of-way and the completion of Evans Road. Developer Chip Leonard had enlisted the services of a couple of attorneys to help make his case to town officials.

In what Chairman Robert Hill and Community Development Director Ruth Hawk called a “compromise,” the FMPC approved a variance on the setback on Evans Road. The setback variance varied from 55 feet in distance up to about 60 feet due to the presence of a cemetery.

In other business, the FMPC approved the site plan for the shops being built by Farragut Land Partners at the corner of Campbell Station Road and Parkside Drive.

This item was being revisited from the March 2 FMPC meeting. At that time, 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.

Jim Nixon, representing FLP, had agreed to wait until the next session and chat with bank officials about their concerns.

In unrelated matters, Commissioners deferred a request by JMP Development Company for an amendment to the preliminary plat for Inverness Unit 6 in order to grade and fill sinkholes.

“The staff is recommending denial,” Hawk said. “The sinkholes are on the open space lots.”

Both Hawk and Hill chided Rodney Phillips, the JMP representative, for clear cutting on Lot 40, the site of one of the sinkholes.

“It wasn’t a hazard before, but it is one now,” Hawk said.

“I’m not happy with what you did,” Hill said. “Your plan should have been to follow the drawings.”

Phillips said his goal was not to place homes over the sinkholes, but rather to fix them so they don’t increase in size and pose a greater hazard.

The Commission agreed to defer the request until the next meeting to allow town engineer Darryl Smith to assess drainage on the site. If water drainage is properly diverted from the sinkholes and away from the site, then Commissioners might hear the request again.

In other matters, the FMPC:

• approved a request to close Four Seasons Lane in Village Green subdivision at the request of the Village Green Homeowners Association.

• approved a request from TJ Development for commercial and office co-ownership development for Essex Pointe.


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