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Farragut population tops 20k, Census reports


It’s official: Farragut’s population has topped 20,000.

“We’ve crossed a new threshold,” Mayor Ralph McGill told the audience during Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Thursday, March 24.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau website, Farragut’s population is 20,689 — up from 17,720 in 2000.

McGill said that growth was similar to Knox County’s, which shared a growth rate of about 16 percent since 2000.

Town Administrator David Smoak later said he spoke with Knox County election commission administrator of elections Greg Mackay, who said Farragut’s voting wards were still roughly equal, which means they won’t have to be redrawn.

The North Ward makes up about 53 percent of Farragut’s population while the South Ward makes up about 47 percent.

The Board also approved, on second reading, an ordinance to rezone land off Union Road.

Heirs of property at 12800 Union Road asked for a rezoning for the land from commercial to residential. Many of the properties along Union Road are zoned commercial, even though the land is used as a residential area, usually with just one single-family home.


“The current use is an R-1 use,” Community Development director Ruth Hawk said of the property, which is used as a residence and was once a blueberry farm, at the Board’s meeting earlier in March.

The rezoning the Board approved Thursday, March 24, reflected that reality.

Hawk said the disparity between the zoning and the use came about when the Town incorporated in 1980.

“When the Town incorporated, generally, for the most part, we adopted the County zoning map, which included this area being zoned commercial,” Hawk said.

“The reason the Town did that was to avoid some lawsuits,” she added.

But the zoning should reflect the use, and Hawk said the Town could likely expect more rezonings as properties along Union Road change hands.

McGill said, “This seems to be a no-brainer.”

Alderman Bob Markli moved to accept the rezoning; Alderman Jeff Elliott seconded and the motion was unanimously approved.

In other business, the Board:

• Approved an auditing services contract to Ingram, Overholt & Bean for $37,800 over the next three years. Ingram, Overholt & Bean have been the Town’s auditors since 1996.

• Appointed Jack Taylor to a vacant position on the Farragut Folklife Museum’s Advisory Board. Taylor has previously served as a docent in the museum.

At its meeting March 10, the Board:

• Appointed Jack Bondurant to Farragut Folklife Museum Advisory Board for a two-year term.

• Approved, on first reading, an amendment to Farragut Municipal Planning Code to delete much of the section on purchasing policies. The Town’s revamped purchasing policies are instead going to be placed in a separate document to allow greater flexibility.

• Approved, on second reading, a resolution to adopt “Purchasing Policies and Procedures for the Town of Farragut.”

 

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