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FBMA approves satellite parking

Wild Wings Café has been given the go-ahead to obtain land to accommodate extra parking for its patrons.

The Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously voted to amend the Farragut zoning ordinance governing parking lots as a principal use at its meeting Thursday, Sept 13, at Town Hall.

Ruth Hawk, Town community development director, said applicant David L. Macfarland, of Wild Wing Café, had applied for the amendment.

Citing the success of the business, Hawk said McFarland [wanted] to build additional parking.

“Our ordinance does not allow parking lots as a free-standing use,” she added, “so he is requesting that we amend the zoning ordinance in the C-2 district to allow for parking lots as principal use.”

Recommending the move, Hawk said in other districts there would have been some concern regarding encroachment into residential areas, but the C-2 district is isolated enough that the planning commission did not see this as a problem.

Hawk said that the municipal planning commission recommended approval of the amendment after an agreement that the commission would look at the ordinance again in three years to determine if it had created any problems, and that the calendar had been noted


Alderman John Williams asked if a sunset clause should have been put in the ordinance.

“You can’t put a sunset clause in a zoning ordinance,” Hawk said. “In this particular instance if there is a problem we will know about it fairly quickly.”

Alderman Tom Rosseel asked what the parking lot would look like.

“It would be required to meet all of our parking lot requirements,” Hawk said.


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