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Knox County presents Outlet Drive plan

Knox County presented plans to extend Outlet Drive from its current dead-end just past the Outlet Mall all the way to Campbell Station Road Thursday, March 18.

Bruce Wuetrich, Knox County Engineering and Public Works Director, said the project was at least six months away from any construction.

“That’s why we’re anxious to get started,” he said.

Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said, “This has been on our major road plan for quite a few years.”

“The proposed cross section addresses the needs of all prospective users … vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and recreational bicyclists,” she added.

Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission approved the general layout and location of the road, as well as a cross section, at Wuetrich’s request.

The road will be a three-lane road with a center turn lane; Hawk advocated that median islands be placed at certain points as a traffic calmer.

Wuetrich’s plan didn’t include them.

“We want to prevent the third lane from being used as a passing lane,” Hawk said.

“It’s best to think about a median on the front end rather than after the fact, as I think we’ve all learned,” she added, making a reference to the much-maligned traffic islands installed on Grigsby Chapel Road last year.

Wuetrich estimated the road as it was presented would cost about $4.1 million.

Outlet Drive will connect to Snyder Road, which will be re-aligned to intersect Campbell Station Road across from the entrance to the U.S. Golf store.

“That’s a little better arrangement,” Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill said.

Commissioner Ed Whiting moved to approve the cross-section and general layout with a note to consider medians; Vice Mayor Dot LaMarche seconded.

The motion was unanimously approved.

The cross-section was the first of three approvals the Town will give to the project.

Thursday’s approval let Knox County start the right-of-way acquisition process. Wuetrich said no houses or structures would be lost as the road was constructed.

In other business, the Commission:

• Amended Farragut Munic-ipal Code, Title 14, Section 14-502, to include Town Adminis-trator designees

• Approved an annual review of the concept plan for The Cottages at Pryse Farm

• Approved a plat of correction for The Cottages at Pryse Farm, allowing the developers to build a certain type of floor plan that has proved popular.

• Approved a site plan for Foothills Bank and Trust, 11216 Kingston Pike

According to Hawk, the building, which has housed several banks, will be remodeled and the parking lot will be modified.

“They’re generally just updating it,” Hawk said.

• Approved a preliminary plat for CSW Partnership S/D, which has commercial and residential parcels adjacent to Fox Den subdivision, as well as two variance to reduce open space requirements and open space ownership requirements.

The land, which is shaped like an acute triangle, is not large enough to accommodate the 10 percent open space requirements, Hawk said.

The open space requirement was changed to 5 percent.

Each of the variances and the preliminary plat as a whole received unanimous approvals.


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