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Town rejects ‘piece-meal’ zoning

A much-debated illegal sign that has appeared on Farragut Municipal Planning Commission’s agenda for months was postponed again, Thursday, Aug. 19, at the applicant’s request.

Damon Falconnier is representing an Outlet Drive hotel with an illegal sign, West Plaza Inn & Suites, and has asked that FMPC create a new zoning district to apply just to the hotel that would allow it to keep the illegal sign.

But Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said “a piece-meal approach” to zoning wasn’t acceptable.

Plus, she pointed out, Outlet Drive would soon be extended to Campbell Station Road and “will be a corridor almost like Parkside Drive.”

“This area does warrant further study,” she said, adding that further study should be done comprehensively rather than around individual pieces of property.

Falconnier’s request for a new zoning district would have allowed more than just the illegal sign — it also would have allowed 90 percent lot coverage (the Town norm for commercial districts is 70 percent) and would have exempted the hotel owner from meeting certain stormwater regulations.

But Hawk said those stormwater regulations could not be changed in any event. They were passed down to the Town from the state and federal levels. Not complying is not an option.

Falconnier told FMPC members he’d received advice from others and wanted to change his request.

He said he’d bring it back before FMPC at its September meeting, scheduled for Sept. 16. The motion to postpone the agenda item was unanimously approved.

Also at its meeting, FMPC:

• Discussed the implementation of the Pedestrian Bicycle Plan 2010

At its July meeting, FMPC:

• Approved a final plat for a development, by CSW Partnership, which will include three residential lots and one commercial lot off Kingston Pike, just west of Fox Den Boulevard.

• Elected officers for the fiscal year: Rita Holladay was again named chair, St. Clair was again named vice chair and Ed Whiting was again named secretary.

• Approved its by-laws, which it must do on an annual basis. The by-laws were approved without any modifications.

• Approved an amendment to Farragut Municipal Code to allow a second wall sign for buildings without paved surfaces in the front yard

• Approved an amendment to the Major Road Plan to graphically represent the planned Municipal Center Drive connector


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