Single Family Residential is McFee zoning choice of public, Town staff

Any future construction in the McFee Road corridor would likely remain primarily Single Family Residential — at least for the foreseeable future — based on recommendations and public input.

About 20 area residents gathered for a follow-up workshop Thursday, Dec. 19, to discuss input gathered from an October public meeting regarding the future of the McFee Road corridor. Community Development director Mark Shipley also shared information relayed by the Town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan Steering Committee, which met in November.

Elected officials and Town staffers recently looked at the McFee Road corridor to help update the CLUP — last updated in 2012 — having previously examined the Watt Road corridor and what has become the Town’s “Entertainment District” along Outlet Drive.

The area also offers the Town’s largest park in McFee, which is preparing an expansion during the current calendar year.

“The McFee Road area south of Evans (Road) to the Town limits and around McFee Park is the most underdeveloped part of Town,” Shipley said, noting Farragut currently is 80 percent built out. “But just imagine, if you left and came back in about 20 years, what would you want it to look like?”

After viewing an array of suggested construction types, residents overwhelmingly chose Single Family Residential as being the preferred type of buildings, overruling a Small Mixed Use Commercial District proposed under the 2012-approved CLUP.

Shipley said input indicated the least favorable building types included gas stations, apartments and oversized parking lots.

“You liked open spaces, parks and Single Family Residential,” he said. “Based on feedback, two areas (in the current plan) for Mixed-Use Neighborhood and Medium Density Residential — would be changed to Open Space Cluster Residential, which is what most of the land is around it.”

Shipley said the proposed CLUP changes would be sent to Farragut’s Municipal Planning Commission sometime in the future for further evaluation.