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Concord Hills driveway questioned

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission discussed whether to allow an existing circular driveway in Concord Hills subdivision at its meeting Jan. 15.

Heidi Shlenker, a Katrina victim who relocated to Farragut, said the homeowner’s association had not approved plans for her home that included a circular drive. FMPC asked that Shlenker go back the association, get their approval (or not) and return to FMPC at its February meeting.

Commission also approved a change to the handicap parking requirements, to come in line with new national standards.

Requirements still state there should be one handicap space for every 25 parking spaces, but the width requirements are changed.

The new code requires handicap spaces to be a minimum of eight feet wide and nineteen feet long. Those spaces should have an adjacent access aisle that is five feet wide.

For every six handicap spaces, at least one should be a “van-accessible parking space.” Those spaces should have an adjacent access aisle that is eight feet wide.

“The parking spaces must be located the shortest possible route to the handicap-accessible building entrance,” Hawk said.

Developments with multiple buildings or entrances must have handicap spaces “sprinkled around so they are accessible to all the various businesses,” she added.

Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said existing parking lots are grandfathered in, but any new developments or those with extensive renovations would be required to comply with the change.

“If they were to re-stripe and lose a parking space to the additional width, most of the [business] entities have adequate parking to meet that requirement,” Hawk said.

Developments that plan to re-stripe only would not be required to change.

In other business, Commission:

• approved a site plan for an addition to Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church. The church will be built out toward Kingston Pike.

• approved an amendment to the site plan for First Farragut United Methodist church that allowed the church to construct a walking trail instead of a sidewalk.

According to Hawk, the walking trail “would probably be better because there is a very effective [drainage] ditch in that area … and also, the walking trail would give a much higher comfort level to pedestrians that are walking along Kingston Pike.”

• approved an amendment to Farragut Subdivision to include a letter of credit form.


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