Zoning Outlet Drive for additional retail recommended by committee

A Comprehensive Analysis Steering Committee for Town of Farragut plans to recommend changing the land uses and zoning along Outlet Drive from Office and Light Industrial to Commercial.

The committee discussed designated land uses for Outlet Drive corridor during its meeting in Farragut Town Hall Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Farragut Community Development director Mark Shipley said planners, seven years ago, saw Outlet Drive corridor as a good candidate to “help complement Parkside Drive and Turkey Creek, rather than compete against it, providing for a company employment center that could support Parkside Drive and commercial businesses on Campbell Station Road.”

With the addition of Sitel calling center in the former Outlet Mall building, the committee saw opportunities for a variety of food-related businesses, from brick-and-mortar restaurants to “Brown Bag” delivery businesses and food trucks.

Jim Nixon, who represents owners of the Outlet Mall property, said Sitel is expected to have about 600 employees when becoming operational later this year.

Nearby are 200 units in a recently completed apartment complex, and another 250 units will be available at The Overlook apartment complex located off Campbell Station Road near Outlet Drive, Shipley said.

Two zoning uses committee members most agreed upon were General Commercial and Regional Interstate Commercial.

“It’s our most liberal, I guess, in terms of the amount of uses that are allowed in the zoning districts we have in the Town,” Shipley said. “It’s not as restrictive as general commercial.”

The corridor, however, has environmental challenges, which include sinkholes, detention basins and steep inclines, he added.