The Hardin Valley community continues to grow with business and residential developments, seeing more economic success — but also experiencing growth pains of infrastructure needs and traffic.
Hardin Valley community activist Kim Frazier, a 25-year resident of “The Valley,” addressed that growth and community needs as Rotary Club of Farragut’s featured speaker during its Wednesday, Feb. 10, virtual meeting.
“As you know, our area continues to be the fastest growing in all of Knox County,” said Frasier, director and founder of Hardin Valley Planning Advocates. “We continue to advocate for intentional growth with coordinated infrastructure, and have brought much attention to the needs of our community.”
She said while Knox County’s growth is 1.2 percent, Hardin Valley’s growth is 3.8 percent. “We have had 400 new dwellings in one year,” she noted, adding the area saw 7,000 more jobs in 2015.
In contact with Town of Farragut leaders to tackle a joint transportation issue, “We want to be good neighbors to you (in) Farragut. Mayor (Ron) Williams and Vice Mayor (Louise) Povlin and (HVPA) have had so many conversations about being good stewards to each other,” Frazier said. “And Campbell Station is really the in and out — the connection — between our communities.
“So we’re working with (Tennessee Department of Transportation) and we’re working with the Department of Engineering in Knox County to try to get Campbell Station moved up on the list of priorities.”
Campbell Station Road is an example of how growth has brought about transportation challenges. “The road conditions are declining and the need for improvements, both to safety and general mobility, have increased,” Frazier said.
However, several projects were identified in traffic mobility studies, of which HVPA was instrumental in getting approved, funded, supported — and some completed.
Frazier joined other like-minded individuals in Hardin Valley to form HVPA in 2018.
“Our focus really is on bringing attention to the needs of the citizens who have been there for two and three generations and also all of the new families that are coming into Hardin Valley,” she said.