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FMPC denies Watt Road rezoning


Farragut Municipal Planning Commission unanimously denied a rezoning from R-1 to C-1 for a parcel of land at the corner of Watt and Harrison roads at its Thursday, May 21, meeting.

“We feel this rezoning is not compatible with the development that is in the area, the existing land uses in the area, and it also is not compatible with the desire to not have strip commercial on our arterials,” Community Development Direc-tor Ruth Hawk said.

Hawk said a strip commercial development also could create traffic problems so close to Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

“We’ve had a number of rezoning requests on Watt Road … that [were] denied,” Hawk said.


Jones Automotive currently is the only commercial development of this type on the Farragut side of Watt Road, and according to Carol Evans, it was in existence before the Town incorporated.

“Watt Road is our last area in the Town where we really have not seen that much change.

“What you see on Watt Road is what you got in 1980,” Hawk said, with the exemption of the Town’s park.

“The character of the land use really hasn’t transitioned much in the last few years,” she added.

No applicant for the rezoning request was present; FMPC unanimously agreed the parcel should not be rezoned.

 

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