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Commission OK’s Fox Den plan

Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission approved a variance for a commercial and residential planned development off Kingston Pike adjacent to Fox Den at its meeting, Thursday, Oct. 15.

“This is kind of an unusual development,” Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said of the triangular lot, which fronts Kingston Pike and backs onto Champions Point.

Romans Land Surveying, which will be marketing the property, said the land is likely to develop with three homes built along Champions Point and a commercial development built along the Pike.

However, “They don’t really know when or how it will develop,” Hawk said, which is why the group was asking for a variance from constructing sidewalks and a deceleration lane on Kingston Pike now.

Commissioner Ron Rochelle moved to grant the variance; Ed Whiting seconded. It was unanimously approved.

Applicant Jess Campbell, who lives off Champions Point, assured FMPC the homes built off Champions Point would be in good taste, but also had a few items of contention to discuss with Hawk and Commission.

“I want to make sure those houses there are a complement to Fox Den, and to that end I want to ask you for a little something more here,” Campbell said.

He said he would like to require the homes have a streetlight in front, as well as a garage located at the side or back of the houses.

“Those kind of things have endured in Fox Den,” Campbell said.

He also asked Hawk about two green space areas they were being required to build with the homes, and asked if ownership of those areas could go to homeowners instead of to him.

“We’re not developers and we’re not going to be here to mow that much longer.

“If we could just give those two greenbelt areas to those two adjoining lots, they’d be more apt to be mowed than if I’ve got to go down there to mow them,” Campbell said.

Hawk said Commission was not voting on the site plan that night, but simply on the variance.

“OK. Well, I’d like to dust off home plate here a little bit,” Campbell said.

He then asked Commission about the sidewalk he would at some time be required to build.

“I support these sidewalks around Town. I just don’t support the one you’re asking us to build from Champions Point to Kingston Pike,” Campbell said.

Commission unanimously approved the variance, with the understanding the sidewalks and decel lane would be built when the land was developed.


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