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FMPC ponders boat, RV storage at Concord Road site

Concord Road may soon play host to a recreational vehicle and boat storage center.

Ann Ralston, through representatives attorney Charles VanBeke and developer Oliver Smith, proposed an amendment to the Farragut Zoning ordinance to allow for the outdoor storage of marine and recreational vehicles on Ralston’s property off Concord Road near Northshore Drive.

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission members listened at its Feb. 15 meeting to VanBeke’s presentation in a workshop session as the attorney cleared up misconceptions from a previous meeting where he discussed the matter.

“We’re no longer projecting the sale of boats or R-Vs,’” VanBeke said. “There will be no fuel sales because there will be no marina.”

He said the facility would offer covered storage for recreational vehicles and boats in a secure area. Boat owners would have access to a boat ramp that let them put out into Turkey Creek inlet.

“Visibility isn’t going to be a problem,” VanBeke said. “The facility isn’t going to be visible from across the lake.”

Patrons would have to pump their septic tanks prior to storing the RVs on the property.

“Would the road be big enough to allow the R-Vs to turn in there?” asked Commissioner Rita Holladay.

“That’s something that would be addressed in the site plan,” said Ruth Hawk, community development director.

Raj Sood, of Sood Construction in Knoxville, addressed commissioners. He said he is a partner in the deal with Smith and Ralston. The facility would have about 190 units for storage on it.

“I think this would be a great idea for the town,” Commis-sioner Ron Honken said.

“How much of this would be paved?” asked Commissioner Carol Evans. “It sounds like a huge area.”

Sood was asked if she was worried about runoff, and she said she was.

“This is going to be on the lake,” he said.

Evans said she was more concerned about oil and other debris from the facility.

Commissioners directed town staff to develop an ordinance to address the needs of the proposed business.

In other business, Commissioners:

• approved the dissolution of an interior lot line at 210 Admiral Road to construct a sidewalk at the request of Anthony Boser, applicant.

• postponed a hearing on a concept plan for Farragut Station at the corner of Sonja Drive and N. Campbell Station Road.


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