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FMPC discusses rezoning Kingston Pike strip

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission discussed rezoning two parcels of land across from Sugarwood subdivision to commercial zoning at its meeting, Thursday, July 16.

“They’re looking at an integrated plan for this area,” Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said of the applicants, David Purvis and Michael Bailey.

“I know several of you drive this strip … you are aware of the conflicts and everything,” Hawk said, alluding to historical problems in the center turn lane on Kingston Pike between Weigel’s customers and Sugarwood residents.

Mayor Ralph McGill and Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche, both Sugarwood residents, asked that future developments and rezonings take the subdivision’s access into account.

“We said Weigel’s wouldn’t work in the configuration they have, and indeed it doesn’t,” McGill said.

Hawk said an integrated plan for the area actually lessens the impact on Sugarwood, preventing multiple entrances to Kingston Pike by marketing the land for a single development (and thus fewer entrances).

“By bringing all this into the same zoning, it makes it more attractive as a more developable tract, one complete development instead of several smaller developments with multiple access points on Kingston Pike,” Purvis, a former Sugarwood resident, said.

“I believe it would be best for everyone if we could get all this zoned the same way,” he added.

The land also could serve as an entrance to an R-4 zoned plot just west of the two plots.

“This existing driveway to the Bailey land is at grade at Kingston Pike and could serve as an excellent access to this property to the west as well as to this property to the east [which currently is owned by Weigel’s],” Hawk said.

The road frontages of the two lots do not line up with Sugarwood; they are situated slightly to the west.

Commissioner Ron Rochelle asked if residents of Fox Den, which backs up to the two lots, had been notified. Hawk answered in the affirmative.

If the land is developed in the C-1 district, a 35-foot buffer zone will be required to separate any development from residential areas.

Bailey informed commissioners another property abutting his with access to Smith Road also was considering changing to C-1 if the land was developed. If that happened, the three parcels would total about 7 acres, with entrances off Smith Road and Kingston Pike.

LaMarche asked if Town staff supported the rezoning.

“We support this because we feel … by addressing the access on the front end through the planning process we can prevent future problems,” Hawk said.

“Now is the time to catch it,” she added.

The item was for discussion only; a vote will be taken up at FMPC’s next meeting, Thursday, Aug. 20.


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