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FBMA denies rezone request

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen denied a rezoning request for 23,000 square feet of property on Chaho Road during its regular Thursday meeting.

The request, which came from applicants James and Iva Chambers, was previously declined by the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission after numerous citizen protests. The rezoning would have classified the property O-1 and allowed the creation of office space.

A request for a variance for Weigel’s Farm Store at 12001 Kingston Pike was withdrawn prior to the meeting.

During the June 1 FMPC meeting, after more than two hours of comments from Weigel’s attorney Robert “Bob” Leonard and Sugarwood residents, Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III offered a solution that he said “might not make both sides happy,” but would be a fair compromise.

Weigel’s proposed development had included an entrance and exit on Smith Road about 100 feet from the intersection of Kingston Pike. The entrances on Kingston Pike included a right-in, right-out entrance and a full entrance and exit directly across from Sugarwood subdivision.

Ford proposed changing the entrance and exit across from Sugarwood into a left-in, right-out access point and eliminating the right-out access point closer to the Smith Road intersection.

Weigel’s president Ken McMullen told FMPC members at the June 1 meeting he would accept their decision, but he would have to take their suggestion back to other company officials for further examination before committing to it.

Prior to coming to the compromise, both sides took turns presenting their case to the FMPC.

In other business, the FBMA members heard reports from the various committees. The arts council reported the compilation and updating of artist information for possible publication in the 2007 fiscal year.

Decorating committee representatives told of the extent the committee went to during the holiday season. Doris Woods Owens, Farragut Folklife Museum director, reported on goals and upcoming changes.


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