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‘Traffic calming,’ town center top FMPC agenda


A discussion concerning preliminary right-of-way plans for the reconstruction of Everett Road from Smith Road and running north for about half a mile highlighted the Farragut Municipal Planning Commission meeting Thursday, July 19.

The road reconstruction is being undertaken by G&B Services as part of Everett Hills subdivision the company is building on 50 acres near the Smith and Everett roads intersection.

A map of the proposed improvements showed property that would be affected by the road work to include property owned by Orville and Lucy Longsworth, Paul and Ellen Nelson, Elaine Montgomery, Union Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a few other landowners.

FMPC Chairman Robert “Bob” Hill suggested G&B Services conduct a group meeting before approaching the Commission with final plans for the road project.

In other business, Commission members approved the use of traffic calming measures on Clover Fork Drive.

Assistant Town engineer Casey Wood told Commission members he had been working with members of the Clover Fork Traffic Team concerning excessive speeding through their neighborhood and methods to resolve the problem.

“We’ve been looking into this for a while,” Wood said. “The posted speed limit is 25 miles-per-hour, but the average speed of 38 miles-per-hour meets the 85th percentile.”

Wood suggested Commission approve the use of speed cushions made of recycled rubber to calm traffic. The cushions allow wider-base vehicles, such as fire engines, to pass right through them, but slows other traffic.

“What do they cost?” Alderman Dorothy “Dot” LaMarche said.

Wood said about $3,000 per strip.

In unrelated matters, Commissioners returned to their discussion and development of a town center district. Builder Michael Bates has proposed to town officials he create a town center district, essentially a downtown area for Farragut, on property west of Town Hall owned by Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III and his

family.

The area would be a mixture of residential and commercial development. The town center district, at this stage in the process, is a paper document that defines what a developer could and couldn’t do in an area zoned TCD.

Also at this stage in the creation of the TCD zone, allowed uses include retail sales, restaurants such as bistros or cafes with outdoor seating, business and personal services, medical and dental facilities, indoor theater, cultural activities such as museums or art galleries, office, residential and bed and breakfast inns.

Prohibited use suggestions included gas stations and other automotive services, drive-thru facilities, stand-alone churches and schools, outdoor sales and storage, hotels, mortuaries or automotive dealerships.

The Commission will hold a special meeting 8:30 a.m., Friday, Aug. 3, to continue their discussions.

In other business, Commissioners:

• approved the final plat for Summer Oaks subdivision.

• approved a site plan for the Turkey Creek Wastewater Treat-ment Plant improvements.

 

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