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‘Farm’ site plan talks set aside, pond repairs key

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission members wanted to see more proof of repairs and improvements to the detention pond for The Farm at Willow Creek development before they would be willing to discuss a site plan.

Commissioners discussed the matter in workshop session during the regular meeting April 5, but wanted to see proof of repairs by the April 19 FMPC meeting.

Developer Chip Leonard was slated per meeting agenda to workshop a site plan for recreational facilities for The Farm, but commissioners wanted to discuss several outstanding items, including repairs to the detention basin for the development.

Town engineer Darryl Smith addressed the Commission concerning faults in the roadway that developed last year. Several sections of road in the development collapsed last year, leaving holes as deep as 20 feet.

“The outlet pipe from the detention basin was supposed to have an anti-seep collar on it,” Smith said. “That collar was not put in. Water had been flowing through the base material.”

The water flow eventually undermined portions of the road, causing large craters, he said.

“They [Leonard] have addressed everything we asked them to do,” Smith said.

Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III asked Smith to clarify that once the development is finished, The Farm Homeowners Association would be responsible for any damage. Smith said that was correct.

Ford asked Smith if he or other staff members witnessed the work being done to assure it was up to town standards.

Smith said he didn’t witness it, but water levels for the pond seemed relatively stable compared to previous levels.

Chairman Robert “Bob” Hill said given the history of problems with the development, he would prefer an outside source verify the work was done properly.

Commissioner Ron Honken asked Smith whether an engineering firm specializing in detention ponds existed in this area.

“There probably is,” Smith said.

Honken told Leonard there seemed to be a “cloud” hanging over The Farm development and encouraged him to gather verification information prior to the next FMPC meeting.

In other business, commissioners:

• approved an amendment to the site plan for Farragut Professional Park, 11915 Kingston Pike, to add a fifth building to the project.

• approved a 60-day extension to the site plan approval for Campbell Station Exchange, the Kroger development.

• approved an amendment to the zoning ordinance to add liquor package stores.


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