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FMPC approves Kroger Project road


The Farragut Municipal Planning Commission, after a minor procedural debate Thursday, Aug. 17, approved a preliminary plat for Campbell Station Exchange, a new road to be constructed as part of the Kroger project.

The debate centered on a detention basin that Cannon & Cannon engineers had drawn on its plans in an area Community Development director Ruth Hawk said was designated for open space. Hawk fielded the idea that Kroger project developers Blanchard & Calhoun come back to the FMPC with another plan showing the location of the detention basin and the area designated for open space.

Kim Ramsey with Cannon & Cannon told Commissioners the detention basin isn’t due to be created until the second phase of the project.

Commissioners declined the idea of making the developer come back for another meeting, citing a need to move the project forward.

“It seems to me there’s no reason you can’t submit a change to the concept plan concurrently with the request for approval for the preliminary plot,” said FMPC Chairman Robert “Bob” Hill.

“The concept plan gives you a guideline,” said Blanchard & Calhoun developer Mark Senn. “We can work together with the staff to get it done, but there has to be a little leeway in working together.”

Hawk said she and the developers were scheduled to meet Monday, Aug. 21, to work out more details with the

development.

In other business, Commis-sioners declined to change the way outdoor seating on site plans should be handled.

Hawk told commissioners that town staff rates any changes to outdoor seating on an approved site plan as major or minor. Major changes, she said, are visual changes the average citizen might notice and those matters are currently taken to the FMPC for approval.

She said a developer brought the matter to her attention and asked whether the decision for changes could be made by staff instead of the Commission.

“I’m uncomfortable with that idea,” said Alderman/Commis-sioner Joel Garber.

The sentiment was echoed by the entire FMPC.

In unrelated matters, Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III informed Hill the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen directed town attorney Tom Hale to pursue the possibility of stopping Farm at Willow Creek developer Chip Leonard from selling any more lots. This was based on information from Knoxville Utilities Board that Leonard had not honored

his agreement with KUB to

bring natural gas to the

development.

Hale later said an agreement was in process between KUB and Leonard.

In other matters, Commis-sioners :

• approved a site plan for parking lot expansion at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church at the request of Land Development Solutions.

 

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