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Response to April 3 Letter from Town vice mayor

In response to Vice Mayor (Louise) Povlin’s’ Letter to the Editor, readers should be made aware of what Michael Wilson and myself actually asked the Town to consider.  There are essentially three areas of contention that we have with the current Growth Plan Amendments. 

One, strengthen the language regarding the maximum allowable density in the Rural Living placetype (i.e., Choto).  The initial recommendation was to simply remove the specific zoning district from the Knox County Land Use Plan. 

Second, to include language that, at a minimum, requires traffic impact studies for developments in the rural area. 

This language is being deleted from the current plan.  We would prefer to see even tighter connections made between new developments and requirements to improve roads to handle the higher capacities. 

Third, there is a large tract of land in western Hardin Valley that is being changed from Rural to Planned Growth.  This will increase density and significantly impact pass-through traffic in Farragut. 

The argument for doing this is that some of the land is already developed; however, there is a lot of vacant land that will be included in this area and ripe for higher density development. 

Those are our three concerns.  Yes, we did ask the BOMA to vote against the Growth Plan Amendments so that these issues could be addressed.

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