Two more tennis courts for McFee

Farragut’s tennis fans can expect to see two more tennis courts built at McFee Park in the near future.

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved unanimously a professional services agreement with Urban Engineering Inc. to design two additional tennis courts at the park for a cost not to exceed $18,240 at its Thursday, March 24 meeting.

“McFee Park Phase 3 recently was completed,” assistant Town engineer Brannon Tupper said. “In the FY ’22 budget, the Board approved two additional courts. This is building upon the success of those first four courts.

“Their schedule is 30 days for the first additional options in the preliminary design and another 30 days for final construction drawings,” Tupper said.

“I’m just very happy to see we’re moving along to this point,” Alderman Ron Pinchok said.

However, Alderman Drew Burnette asked for lights to be installed at the basketball court and look at the next two tennis courts as multipurpose courts, being used for tennis and basketball.

In separate actions, the Board also unanimously approved the following three zoning ordinance changes on second and final reading:

• to require developers to provide a concept plan when proposing buildings higher than two stories; to not allow apartments in Neighborhood Convenience Commercial (NCC) districts

• to clarify uses permitted in General Commercial or Office in Planned Commercial Development (PCD) districts “may” rather than “shall” be permitted as part of a development plan submitted for a rezoning request to PCD.

• to create a Public Care Ordinance, which establishes a tree board, develops a tree care ordinance, demonstrates the Town has a community forestry program with at least $2 per capita and provides an Arbor Day proclamation and observance.