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Ralston storage ordinance gets FBMA first reading

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen members took steps to address a matter that has affected community members for several months during its regular meeting Thursday, June 14.

Several months ago, Anne H. Ralston petitioned the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission to create a boat and recreational vehicle storage facility on her property off Concord Road. The proposed facility originally detailed a boat dock that would have allowed those storing boats immediate access to waterways.

Community members, however, protested what they considered a potential hazard to the waterways and their property.

During the meeting Thursday, FBMA members conducted the first reading of an ordinance that creates a commercial storage, or CS-1 district, that would allow the storage of boats, recreational vehicles, and antique, custom and customized vehicles.

Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said the creation of the CS-1 district was the best way to provide for the applicantís requested use as well as address the concerns of the community.

A boat dock is strictly prohibited as part of this zoning district.

The original proposed ordinance was to allow a marine and recreational vehicle lifestyle center and marina.

The first point of contention was over the wording in the application to the town, which happened in January when Ralston, through her representatives, presented the request.

In February, commissioners hashed out a rough amendment with Van Beke, calling for the storage of boats and recreational vehicles inside a walled enclosure with a security gate up front. A marina six feet wide and 25-feet long would extend out into the Lake Loudoun inlet.

Commissioners at a meeting in March said Van Beke gave them copies of his proposed ordinance on the morning of the meeting, and the changes in his version didnít make them happy.


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