Bridgemore connector road plat before FMPC discussed

A revised preliminary plat for Phases 3B and 4 of Bridgemore subdivision was postponed by the applicant after discussions during Farragut Muncipal Planning Commission’s meeting Thursday, Dec. 15, on whether he should have a connection onto Allen Kirby Road for a second access.

That connection would require improvements to that road. Ben Mullins, attorney for applicant Billy Fulghum, Ardurra practice director/civil engineer, said they were “shaken up” to find they were expected to pay the entire cost of the improvements. With that question in mind, Fulgham postponed his submittal.

Mullins referred to a Supreme Court decision regarding municipalities’ requiring road improvements.

“We can’t be required to improve Allen Kirby Road,” he added.

However, Farragut Community Development director Mark Shipley said the road connection to Allen Kirby Road was important.

“It’s a huge subdivision with one way in and one way out,” he added. “We’re not sure we’re there yet.”

“Some of us aren’t comfortable this issue can be resolved,” Commissioner Jon Greene said.

Likewise, “I’m not comfortable moving on,” said Vice Mayor Louise Povlin, a member of FMPC.

Additionally, Shipley said there were issues with some lots being in “close quarters” of sinkholes, as was a proposed walking path.

Other business

In separate business, the Commission approved a request to amend a final plat on the Mary E. Smith property, 300 and 310 Boring Road, concerning a requirement for a sidewalk in front of the two lots.

Shipley said instead, the applicant, Benchmark Associates, plans to provide a 20-foot pedestrian facility easement along the front — and a covenant, which would be approved by the Town attorney, would be recorded on the deed and bind all future homeowners of those properties to pay for the installation of the future sidewalk.