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Outdoor fireplaces OK’d by Board

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen, with only three members in attendance, approved the second reading of three ordinances and the first reading of another ordinance during its regular Thursday night meeting.

The Board approved on second reading an ordinance to allow outdoor fireplaces in residential districts at the request of Cress Development, LLC.

Farragut Community Dev-elopment Director Ruth Hawk told the Board that Cress is the developer of the Park Place subdivision, right behind Farragut Town Hall. Cress wants to build fireplaces and grills in private outdoor areas.

Hawk said the Farragut Municipal Planning Commis-sion decided the grills and fireplaces should be located within the individual private outdoor areas, have a setback of five feet from all buildings and 25 feet from property lines and be gas- powered.

The Board approved upon second reading an ordinance to amend the town zoning ordinance concerning the open space mixed residential overlay district to create a new overlay district, which permits the clustering of attached and detached single-family housing within the R-1 overlay district.

Hawk told FBMA members the request came from Larry Bulliner, owner of Urban Engineering, who does a lot of design work for developers in Farragut.

“He saw the need for a zoning district that allowed both detached and attached single-family units while still providing more open space,” she said. “Mr. Bulliner requested that the OSR district be amended to also allow attached single-family units.”

The Board also approved upon second reading an ordinance to rezone 16.18 acres of Boring Road from R-1 to R-3 at the request of Saddlebrook Inc., a company which plans to build a subdivision in that area and improve 450 feet of Boring Road as well.

The Board approved the first reading of an amendment to the Farragut Zoning Ordinance that requires the site plan preparer certify that the submitted site plan includes and addresses all items identified in the application checklist.

In other matters, the Board approved an agreement with Wilbur Smith Associates to prepare a plat for the Campbell Station Road extension.

“This is an item on our project list,” Hawk said. “There’s enough work completed where the survey can be done.”

In other business, town Administrator Dan Olson told the Board there was a possibility the Campbell Station Road extension, scheduled to be closed again as of Monday, March 27, would remain open.

The road was open for use as of presstime Tuesday, March 28. Official word from TDOT had not been publicized.


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