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FMPC hears boat storage plan redux

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission members once again heard from area residents and developers of a proposed recreational vehicle and marine storage facility off Concord during a regular meeting Thursday, April 20.

Late last year, property owner Ann Ralston, through husband Lee Johnson and developer Oliver Smith, first set forth with an idea for a recreational vehicle and marine storage facility off Concord Road adjacent to the First Utility District wastewater treatment plant. The facility included boat docks and a boat ramp, which proved to be a point of contention with neighbors.

The proposal commissioners examined in a workshop session had all references to boat docks and a boat ramp removed.

“We’ve spoken with neighbors who had concerns over the boat ramp and we have completely removed any reference to boat docks or a boat ramp from our proposal,” Charles VanBeke said.

He went on to point out to commissioners Ralston has spent a lot of time searching for a use for the property, especially in light of its proximity to the wastewater treatment facility.

“We worked with T-V-A Credit Union and a veterinarian as possible tenants of the property,” he said. “On both occasions when showing the property, the plant acted up and the smell made them say ‘no way.’”

Commissioners heard from Troy Hart, an attorney and resident who has spearheaded the neighborhood resistance against Ralston’s attempt to make the best of a property location


“We appreciate the Commission listening to our concerns,” Hart said.

The neighbors were gratified, he said, to learn of the removal of the boat ramp and docks from the proposal. Hart, however, said Smith and Johnson had submitted a proposal to Tennessee Valley Authority. The contents of this proposal were unknown to him, but he said it could put the town in an awkward situation. If Ralston’s proposal to TVA concerned boat docks or a boat ramp and the town ordinance didn’t make it absolutely clear about not wanting docks or a ramp, TVA could give approval to install them.

“Then T-V-A and the town could get into a legal fight over intention,” Hart said.

Commissioners sought to solidify the ordinance to prevent the problem from developing.

In other business, commissioners approved a concept plan for Everett Hills subdivision proposed by Fred Hagberg of Ground Breakers.

Scott Gibson, representing Fox Run homeowners, expressed concern about storm drains on the property to handle water runoff.

Gibson asked commissioners to remember Fox Run has a flooding problem due to Turkey Creek.

In other matters, commissioners:

• approved an amendment to the site plan for 8-1 Company, 11305 Station West Drive, to add an outdoor generator to sustain power during power outages for kidney dialysis patients at the request of Cannon and Cannon, Inc.

• approved a site plan for Thornton Center, 10910 Kingston Pike.


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