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Setback exemption request pondered


A new development off Concord Road asked for an exemption to an elderly housing construction regulation at Farragut Municipal Planning Commission’s meeting, Thursday, Aug. 19.

The developer of a planned elderly housing community, Bearden Land Company, asked that they be exempted from an 80-foot-setback requirement along local roads. In other words, the company wants their building to be closer to a road without lots of vehicular traffic.

The trouble is, the road doesn’t exist yet.

“In this case, this would actually be a local street within the development” that hasn’t been constructed yet, Community Development Director Ruth Hawk said.

The group would keep normal setback requirements from Concord Road, she said, but wanted slightly lower setback requirements from that interior local road.

Hawk said that, to allow this exemption, the ordinance would have to be re-written because the lot doesn’t qualify for a variance.


“There are no grounds for a variance because they’re starting out with a raw piece of land,” Hawk said.

Although Commission didn’t vote on any changes to the ordinance at the meeting Thursday night, they discussed the possibility of reducing the requirements in a “stair-step manner,” or allowing lower setbacks on roads with less vehicular traffic.

The ordinance change will return for a vote at FMPC’s September meeting.

 

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