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FMPC vetoes ‘elderly housing’ amendment

Applause broke out from about 15 residents living along or near Sonya Drive after the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission unanimously voted against a request to amend the Farragut Zoning Ordinance, which would allow construction of elderly housing units with a underground parking lot possibly added in that area.

Led by Paul Barrett, president of the Farragut View Homeowners Association, six residents spoke against the proposed elderly housing and parking lot sought by Pinnacle Management during the FMPC meeting Thursday, Oct. 19, in Town Hall.

“This latest recommendation, or attempt to develop it, is very distressing to us,” Barrett said. “... This subdivision is one of the older ones in Farragut. ... The area is surrounded by single-family housing, Stonecrest, Woodland Trace, Sweetbrier, The Cove, which is now being built up, Turkey Creek, are all single-family housing. ... We’re really concerned that we want to maintain that type of environment in that particular part of Farragut.

“We don’t think this is an appropriate use for this particular piece of property based on the concept reports that the developer gave to myself and the group down at Stonecrest,” Barrett added.

Billy Fulghum spoke of potential traffic density safety issues while Jerry Presley and Larry Johnson were among those who touched on traffic density


Based on the proposed topography of the new housing as it would stand adjacent to his home, Kevin Brown said he “didn’t want somebody three stories up looking into my house.”

Barrett and Kerry Maulden, who said he’s a 35-year resident along Sonya Drive, were among those who inquired about traffic calming procedures.

Barrett said he and other residents had failed in previous attempts to secure traffic calming elements through town government channels.

No one favoring the ordinance amendment spoke to the board.

Meanwhile, satisfying an FMPC 800-foot barrier requirement from the nearest residentially zoned property allowed a Farragut restaurant zoned C-2-M to gain Commission approval for an outdoor bar as unanimously voted.

As representatives from the new Wild Wing Café, located at the site of the former Applewood restaurant along Campbell Lakes Drive, presented their case to the Commission, Ruth Hawk, Community Development director, said she measured the distance between the proposed bar and the nearest residential property to be between 826 and 850 feet.

The representatives assured Commissioners the outdoor bar area would be secured with roll-down doors on all four sides “kinda like garage doors” when the bar is closed.

In other agenda matters, the Commission:

• unanimously voted to “at least” match a $62,500 State of Tennessee Local Parks and Recreation grant for the purchase and installation of four steel light poles for fields 5 and 6 at Mayor Bob Leonard Park along Harrison Road. Sue Stuhl, the town’s Leisure Services director, said the new lighting would create “very, very low” spillover glare onto adjacent housing.

• unanimously voted to approve a final plat for Siena subdivision, formerly known as Park Bridge subdivision, S. Hobbs Road, subject to securing appropriate signatures (Cannon & Cannon, Inc., applicant).

• unanimously voted to approve a concept plan for Hanover Court, located on the south side of Old Stage Road between Triple Crown Boulevard and S. Hobbs Road, subject to meeting eight provisions listed by town staff.

• Upon first being address by Commissioner Edward St. Clair, discussed possible driver confusion with an intersection lane on Campbell Station Road at the intersection with Kingston Pike. Discussion centered on drivers who are reportedly confused about pavement markings indicating, on one hand, the lane is a left turn option — when in fact signs and pavement arrows indicate the lane is only for straight ahead traffic onto the Campbell Station Road extension.

• unanimously voted to cancel the Jan. 4 scheduled FMPC meeting.

• discussed communication points and ways to improve communication between town officials and various utilities serving Farragut.

• announced postponement of a public hearing scheduled that evening concerning a purposed strip mall by applicant Bob Pollock along Campbell Station Road at the former Conoco convenience store near the Interstate 40/75 exit/entrance.

In workshop, the Commission:

• discussed an amendment to the Farragut Municipal Code to modify sign requirements for freestanding churches and other places of worship. If passed, this would allow for one non-illuminated wall sign per entrance/door to the premises not to exceed two square feet; one non-illuminated construction sign not to exceed 32 square feet or 10 feet in height; one directed parking sign per entry/exit to a parking lot not to exceed two square feet in size and 30 inches in height; one ground-mounted sign for each adjacent street not to exceed 20 square feet and six inches in height and set back a minimum of 10 feet from all property lines. For signs built within the architectural design of the church building, “... The Visual Resources Review Board would serve as the review body … looking for architectural compatibility,” said Ruth Hawk, Community Development director. “We were trying to remain flexible.” It was suggested by Commissioner Carol Evans that an amendment be added to read, “One roof sign per architectural element.”

• discussed an amendment to the Farragut Municipal Code to allow freestanding notification sign where a subdivision has a permanent subdivision sign at its egress point (Sedgefield Homeowners Association, applicant). Sedgefield is looking to duplicate a freestanding sign as exists in the Saddle Ridge subdivision, which is allowed because Saddle Ridge doesn’t have a wall sign at its egress point as does Sedgefield. But Hawk and various Commissioners agreed that bad sight angles on the back side of subdivision walls, such as Sedgefied’s, make posting community information on the walls ineffective.

• discussion of a request to rezone parcels 96 and 96.01 located on the north side of Grigsby Chapel Road west of Chapel Point subdivision, 16.5 acres, from R-2 general single-family residential district to R-4 single-family residential district (Diversified Holdings, Inc., applicant)


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