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Farragut development remains ‘steady’

Farragut’s overall development activity has remained steady, taking into account the recession, Assistant Community Development director Mark Shipley told Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission Thursday, Feb. 17.

The Town’s Annual Development Activity Report stated there have been 46 new buildings constructed in 2010.

Most of those were residential, Shipley said.

That number is down from last year, when 53 buildings were constructed. It’s also a drastic reduction from numbers in the early 2000s, when buildings constructed numbered in the hundreds.

Shipley said commercial construction still hasn’t recovered from the recession, and residential construction was unlikely to bounce back to previous numbers for a while.

However, he said Farragut had seen an increase in permits for renovations and additions, especially in residential construction.

While actual building construction was down, Shipley said concept plans and preliminary plats had seen a slight rise.

In 2009, no preliminary plats were recorded. This year, that number rose to three. One concept plan was approved this year, again up from zero last year.

Shipley said those numbers were likely to remain low because of Farragut’s high percentage of already platted lots, which he said numbered near 600.

“There’s an abundance of already available lots,” Shipley said.

Rezonings also were down, with only one requested in 2010. That rezoning was denied. Site plans also were down, but resubdivisions were up.

All in all, the total indicators represented an increase in development activity from 2009 to 2010, Shipley said.

Earlier in the meeting, FMPC approved a variance request for the Brooklawn commercial development, which would not require them to construct a walking trail immediately.

Instead, the walking trail would be constructed when the land develops.

“There are horses out there now, so it would be very problematic to build the trail,” Community Development director Ruth Hawk said.

The walking trail would be built on the south side of Brooklawn Street once the property develops, and the burden of the construction would fall on the developer.

The walking trail would be more than 2,100 feet long.


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