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Outdoor sales permit discussed

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission discussed the Town’s outdoor sales permit at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 15.

“The intent would be that you’re bringing people in to a particular center, wherever this is approved,” community development director Ruth Hawk said.

The item was for discussion only; no vote was taken.

The original outdoor sales permit was written for Kmart when it was located in Town limits. Hawk said it was meant to be an exception to normal ordinance regulations just for Kmart, approved annually and applicable only during the spring-to-fall season.

But through partnership with Farragut Business Alliance, Town staff was looking to revamp the outdoor sales permit.

Examples of outdoor sales going on now include the Mayo Garden Center Christmas tree sale booth at Village Green and the Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market at Renaissance.

“The idea is that, as we go through this, the intent is to capitalize on centers that are active, but to bring more activity to them that is really focused on just that center,” Hawk said.

Hawk asked commissioners if approval of the outdoor sales permits should continue to be given by the Board of Zoning Appeals, by staff or by another committee.

“I’d rather have good parameters and let the staff do it,” Alderman Ron Honken said.

“I look at this as being evolutionary. ... These types of things add to a sense of community,” he added.

Hawk said, “The idea with this is that it’s really for a non-tenant at the center.”

“This would still be an annual permit but it would be approved by staff,” she added.

FMPC Chair Rita Holladay asked if this would apply to a retail shop in Farragut that wanted to set out retail sales on a sidewalk.

Hawk said no.

Holladay said she’d then define it as “an occasional event.”

Hawk told Commissioners she’d return with the changes to the amendment for a vote at a future FMPC meeting.

In other business, FMPC:

• Voted to extend a letter of credit for a required walking trail at Summit View Nursing Home to two years while upping the LOC amount to $96,000

• Amended Farragut Zoning Ordinance to clarify parking requirement exceptions are established by the Board of Zoning Appeals

• Discussed an amendment to Farragut Zoning Ordinance to clarify entrance pillars and street name columns are considered “subdivision walls” as established by Board of Zoning Appeals


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