May 13, 2021
Planning Commission meeting

Public Comments

44 Comments
5-B-21-UR
Tom (37849), May 7, 2021 at 8:58 AM
As you know the area of Northwest Knox county is growing. Myself and family live in the Karns area and love it. I just hate to see the area become filled with more and more houses. And I feel that all the builder wants is more money. And they care nothing about the amount of traffic a new subdivision would bring to the area. We having lived in this area for 14 years and the traffic is only getting worse. So instead of building new homes why don't we take care of the traffic situation first. And build more houses later.
Sarah
37924
4-H-21-SP
Sarah (37924), May 6, 2021 at 8:02 PM
As a resident of this community as well as a parent of children who attend Carter Elementary, which is not far from this location, I do not feel comfortable with the rezoning of this property to place a Men's recovery center/halfway house in our community. What is the distance that an establishment like this must be from schools? This property is very close to the elementary school's property as a crow flies. Ask yourself if this would put children at risk to be in such close vicinity to a place that is specifically working with recovering addicts and those who are transitioning from prison.
Mark
37909
5-B-21-SC
Mark (37909), May 6, 2021 at 6:14 PM
As 20+ year residents of Bennington Dr, we strongly oppose the closure of the Glenmore Dr ROW. This ROW provides public access to the neighborhood's main park, and this public access is especially important in terms of safety considering there are no sidewalks on this section of Bennington Dr. It appears this closure is being sought as a remedy to address a fence and pool which were installed against city code. The closure of this public area and its conveyance to a private property owner at no cost is not a proper remedy to address the applicant's issues.
5-B-21-UR
Tom (37849), May 6, 2021 at 4:24 PM
As you know the area of Northwest Knox county is growing. Myself and family live in the Karns area and love it. I just hate to see the area become filled with more and more houses. And I feel that all the builder wants is more money. And they care nothing about the amount of traffic a new subdivision would bring to the area. We having lived in this area for 14 years and the traffic is only getting worse. So instead of building new homes why don't we take care of the traffic situation first. And build more houses later.
Brooke
37924
4-L-21-RZ
Brooke (37924), May 6, 2021 at 4:05 PM
For the safety of students at Carter Elementary School and children of residents in the Carter Ridge/Mill community, it seems that this would not be in the best interest of the community. There are so many students within this community that must walk to bus stops. This would call their safety into question. We must protect our children.
Tiffany
37871
4-L-21-RZ
Tiffany (37871), May 6, 2021 at 3:36 PM
I do not believe a halfway house should be put into the carter area. This is far too close to schools and could cause a bad influence on the younger people in the area. Carter is a very nice area to live in and something like this could cause problems and ruin our "home". I would not feel safe having my family, children included, living so close to this halfway house.
Maisie
37924
4-L-21-RZ
Maisie (37924), May 6, 2021 at 12:07 PM
I do not think this is in the best interest of our children with it being so close to our elementary school. This will be an issue as far as people not being documented that stay there and may be able to slip through the cracks relating to sex offenders etc.
Anita
37909
5-B-21-SC
Anita (37909), May 6, 2021 at 9:41 AM
Opposing Viewpoint
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Mike
37917
5-K-21-RZ
Mike (37917), May 5, 2021 at 4:22 PM
I have attached our letter of support for the rezoning.
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5-B-21-SC
Joe (37909), May 5, 2021 at 2:12 PM
Please see attached.
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Mihai
37921
5-SC-21-C
Mihai (37921), May 5, 2021 at 12:45 PM
I am one of the owners located in Hunters Crossing affected by this new development.
- First, we, Hunters Crossing owners, are affected especially on the value of our properties. The reason for this assumption is the size and density of the plots what will not create the possibility of building a decent dimension structure with some space inter units.
- What kind of structures will be build on this plots ( usual you starts to dimension a land plot having a type and a dimension of the future structure) but in this case there is no information regarding prospective type and dimensions of the future dwellings. - INTENTIONAL ?
- What income range this dwellings will address to ?
_ do you have an environmental impact study? ( we like to read that too)
Do you have a social impact study?
There are existing utilities for this development ? If Not, did you consider the impact on a two lane access road to execute this utilities regarding evacuation in case of fire or other type of emergencies?
Please remember that existing owner of the houses in our development are of advance age and the change of venues in our neighborhood will create anxiety not knowing what the future of this development will bring.
Me personal and probably the consensus of my neighbors is to absolutely be against this new development. One of the reasons is that all information regarding this development are non existing creating a bad feeling about the outcome.
Thank you for your understanding!
Megan
37909
5-B-21-SC
Megan (37909), May 3, 2021 at 8:53 PM
We moved to 8009 Bennington Drive four years ago; we love the West Hills neighborhood and we love being within walking distance of West Hills park. We have two small children and because Bennington Drive has alot of traffic, Glenmore Drive is our closest access to the park. We walk on this street several times a week to get to the playgrounds. I respectfully request that Glenmore Drive remain a public road. Thank you for your consideration.
Tracie
37933
5-D-21-UR
Tracie (37933), May 3, 2021 at 3:57 PM
Please say NO to this request for development. Our beautiful Hardin Valley area is being destroyed by over development and the land just simply victimized by these builders! Our infrastructure cannot keep up as is and our school is already extremely over crowded. Please don’t approve until structural improvements can be implemented and the additional school can be built.
Charles
37909
5-B-21-SC
Charles (37909), May 3, 2021 at 10:20 AM
Glenmore drive being a publicly accessible street allows my family and I to access the park without having to walk all the way down to the park entrance, along our street, which is a double-yellow line road with no sidewalks. We moved here 5 years ago specifically for the near park access without having to go through neighbor's yards, most of whom have constructed fences backing up to the park.

Removing public care and maintenance of this road will also undoubtedly result in its falling into disrepair given the nature of how it's already being used as boat and vehicle storage, about where there have already been multiple issues.

I sincerely hope this does not go through, and it would be both an inconvenience and a potential blight on the entire neighborhood.
Ryan
37932
5-D-21-UR
Ryan (37932), May 3, 2021 at 9:29 AM
This is regarding the upcoming use on review for the N. Campbell Station Road 5-D-21-UR catatoga development. I live next to this proposed neighborhood. As we have seen, North Campbell Station rd is becoming increasingly more dangerous and this particular location at a large curve in the road is a very bad spot for the entrance of a large neighborhood. I urge you to postpone this development approval until we have a road Improvement plan in place, or at least until we know if Knox county will receive the federal assistance needed to do so. If this development is allowed to proceed there MUST be a left and right turn lane required into the neighborhood. This will be such a dangerous curve in the road, there will be countless car accidents, injuries, and traffic backups at this location. From their traffic study data, there will be nearly 1,500 projected car trips per day. There must be a cross traffic left turn lane as the biggest risk of traffic accidents will be coming around the corner and crashing into cars waiting to turn in and also crossing the oncoming traffic. Thank you for protecting the Knox County citizens that will drive this road everyday.
applicant
37909
5-B-21-SC
Applicant Correspondence
May 2, 2021 at 11:05 PM
Per phone conversation with a planning commission representative on 4/30/21. I requested that a public pedestrian easement be added to the proposed street / right of way closure application.

Being the applicant for this proposal I thought this would eliminate confusion with access to the Greenway from neighboring residents. Basically described as a Beach Access between condos.
Ryan
37932
5-D-21-UR
Ryan (37932), May 2, 2021 at 11:41 AM
This is regarding the upcoming use on review for the N. Campbell Station Road 5-D-21-UR catatoga development. I live next to this proposed neighborhood. As we have seen, North Campbell Station rd is becoming increasingly more dangerous and this particular location at a large curve in the road is a very bad spot for the entrance of a large neighborhood. 

I urge you to postpone this development approval until we have a road Improvement plan in place, or at least until we know if Knox county will receive the federal assistance needed to do so.

If this development is allowed to proceed there MUST be a left and right turn lane required into the neighborhood. This will be such a dangerous curve in the road, there will be countless car accidents, injuries, and traffic backups at this location. From their traffic study data, there will be nearly 1,500 projected car trips per day. There must be a cross traffic left turn lane as the biggest risk of traffic accidents will be coming around the corner and crashing into cars waiting to turn in and also crossing the oncoming traffic. 

Thank you for protecting the Knox County citizens that will drive this road everyday.
Sherry
37912
4-B-21-PA
Sherry (37912), May 1, 2021 at 12:46 PM
Industrial Rezoning of these parcels are not CONSISTENT with the last 100 years of development on Keck Rd. These areas are a wildlife haven which needs to be protected from destruction. Already development in our area has threatened the livelihood of our beloved deer, turkey, birds and numerous other animals. Stewardship of our earth should be practiced to protect the wildlife that reside in this SCARCE HABITAT! Paving and building excessively is not in the best interest of this task. Removal of this woodland area could also promote excessive flooding from runoff.
Please DO NOT REZONE this area! Thank you for your time and consideration in this important decision.
Sherry
37912
4-G-21-SP
Sherry (37912), May 1, 2021 at 12:44 PM
Industrial Rezoning of these parcels are not CONSISTENT with the last 100 years of development on Keck Rd. These areas are a wildlife haven which needs to be protected from destruction. Already development in our area has threatened the livelihood of our beloved deer, turkey, birds and numerous other animals. Stewardship of our earth should be practiced to protect the wildlife that reside in this SCARCE HABITAT! Paving and building excessively is not in the best interest of this task. Removal of this woodland area could also promote excessive flooding from runoff.
Please DO NOT REZONE this area! Thank you for your time and consideration in this important decision.
Sherry
37912
4-M-21-RZ
Sherry (37912), May 1, 2021 at 12:42 PM
Industrial Rezoning of these parcels are not CONSISTENT with the last 100 years of development on Keck Rd. These areas are a wildlife haven which needs to be protected from destruction. Already development in our area has threatened the livelihood of our beloved deer, turkey, birds and numerous other animals. Stewardship of our earth should be practiced to protect the wildlife that reside in this SCARCE HABITAT! Paving and building excessively is not in the best interest of this task. Removal of this woodland area could also promote excessive flooding from runoff.
Please DO NOT REZONE this area! Thank you for your time and consideration in this important decision.
Geni
37931
5-B-21-UR
Geni (37931), April 30, 2021 at 3:11 PM
The current intersection at Emory Road and Beaver Ridge Road needs to be redesigned prior to adding any more traffic in the area. The awkward 2-way stop was fine when there was little traffic on West Emory, but with the new Karns Valley connector, the traffic has increased dramatically, including many large trucks . In the afternoons, it is backed up eastbound for at least a quarter mile or more. A traffic circle would be ideal for this intersection, but with this development, there may not be enough open land to accomplish that.
Karengaye
37918
5-L-21-RZ
Karengaye (37918), April 30, 2021 at 2:53 PM
5503 Luttrell Road (West) is listed as "undeveloped Land". This property is already developed and has Single Family Dwelling on it.

It has been communicated to the other residences on Luttrell Road that Mr. Kevin Mellon is interested in changing the single family dwelling to a duplexes. Which is interesting because Duplexes are permitted in what it is currently zoned A-Agriculture and is a "use permitted on review" in RA Low Density Residential Zone. So there must be something else that Mr. Mellon desires to do with this property.

I have spoken to the residents on Luttrell Road and we the home owners are against having more traffic and construction vehicles on Luttrell Road. If he wants to change the zoning it HAS to be with the restriction that all access to the property come from Tazewell Pike and NOT off Luttrell Road.
Geni
37931
5-B-21-UR
Geni (37931), April 30, 2021 at 12:17 PM
The current intersection at Emory Road and Beaver Ridge Road needs to be redesigned prior to adding any more traffic in the area. The awkward 2-way stop was fine when there was little traffic on West Emory, but with the new Karns Valley connector, the traffic has increased dramatically, including many large trucks . In the afternoons, it is backed up eastbound for at least a quarter mile or more. A traffic circle would be ideal for this intersection, but with this development, there may not be enough open land to accomplish that.
James
37931
5-B-21-UR
James (37931), April 28, 2021 at 2:30 PM
My wife and I just bought a property across the street from the proposed subdivision and are concerned with entry-point pricing on homes in the proposed new subdivision. We have no problem with a new subdivision in the location. We are mainly concerned that, given current demand and pricing, the entry-point price for homes in this new subdivision be no lower than $400,000...preferably higher On April 1st of this year, we paid right at $300,000 for a home that was almost 20 years old. As I mentioned, that home is directly across the street from the proposed subdivision. To build and price homes lower than demand dictates would immediately lower property values in the area. Not only would that fact alone be bad news for existing homeowners, but it would open the door for property-purchasers who might be less-concerned with keeping up their investment or turning them into rental properties...both of which would further lower the values of other homes in the area. The West Knox real estate market is a hot area right now and we hope the commission won't approve anything which might have a cooling effect on the tax-revenue potential. When demand is high, the last thing you want to do is start lowering prices. For all we know, this may very well be the plan of the developer. If it is, we heartily welcome them and urge the commission to approve their request. However, if the opposite is true, we urge the commission to reject the proposed subdivision. Thank you.
JAMES
37931
5-B-21-UR
JAMES (37931), April 28, 2021 at 10:13 AM
My wife and I just bought a property across the street from the proposed subdivision and are concerned with entry-point pricing on homes in the proposed new subdivision. We have no problem with a new subdivision in the location. We are mainly concerned that, given current demand and pricing, the entry-point price for homes in this new subdivision be no lower than $400,000...preferably higher On April 1st of this year, we paid right at $300,000 for a home that was almost 20 years old. As I mentioned, that home is directly across the street from the proposed subdivision. To build and price homes lower than demand dictates would immediately lower property values in the area. Not only would that fact alone be bad news for existing homeowners, but it would open the door for property-purchasers who might be less-concerned with keeping up their investment or turning them into rental properties...both of which would further lower the values of other homes in the area. The West Knox real estate market is a hot area right now and we hope the commission won't approve anything which might have a cooling effect on the tax-revenue potential. When demand is high, the last thing you want to do is start lowering prices. For all we know, this may very well be the plan of the developer. If it is, we heartily welcome them and urge the commission to approve their request. However, if the opposite is true, we urge the commission to reject the proposed subdivision. Thank you.
Catherine
37923
5-G-21-UR
Catherine (37923), April 28, 2021 at 9:23 AM
I don’t think we need a third storage facility within a few miles of each other. This new faculty would be across the street from an exciting facility.
William
37931
4-H-21-UR
William (37931), April 27, 2021 at 7:51 PM
Please see attached
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Frank and Sue Lawless
37921
5-E-21-UR
Frank and Sue Lawless (37921), April 27, 2021 at 1:25 PM
As one of the properties bordering this proposed development, we object to this proposal for the following reasons:
1. The area is a natural habitat for wildlife
2. The drainage flows into our back yard during heavy rain
3. The increased traffic will create issues for the areas on either end of Old Clinton Pike/Clinton Hwy
4. Old Clinton Pike is a very narrow road unsuited to heavy traffic
5. This property currently acts as a noise barrier for Hunters Crossing Subdivision from Clinton Hwy
Although we do not object to developing this property, the proposed design places too many units clustered
in a small portion of the property. We were led to believe that the development would be 5 units per acre, meaning 5 individual dwellings on each acre.
We encourage you to consider these objections.
Crystal
37918
5-G-21-RZ
Crystal (37918), April 23, 2021 at 7:45 PM
Please don't allow this land to be a residential area. My husband and I love on prairie clover lane and our back yard has the beautiful woods between our house and old Tazewell. We bought out house for the nature and beauty of the woods, enjoy watching the blue Jay's and cardinals and the other bird species in our trees. The roads on Murphy and Tazewell are already congested and Smithbuilt is already adding 60 more homes in a subdivision on Murphy road which will add even more traffic and congestion. Please don't do this. Thanks for taking the time to consider our concerns.
Catherine
37923
5-G-21-UR
Catherine (37923), April 23, 2021 at 6:13 PM
I don’t think we need a third storage facility within a few miles of each other. This new faculty would be across the street from an exciting facility.
Chris
37931
5-SA-21-C
Chris (37931), April 23, 2021 at 8:01 AM
Current road infrastructure at the intersection W. Emory and Karns Valley as well as W. Emory and Beaver Ridge Rd cannot effectively sustain the traffic that this subdivision as well as the new subdivision at W. Emory and Henderson Rd will create! What steps are being taken to address the traffic problems both subdivisions will create! Currently traffic on W. Emory at Beaver Ridge backs up, well up Karns Valley at peak traffic hours. Please advise if any road changes are planned to accommodate these new developments!
Ryan
37932
5-I-21-RZ
Ryan (37932), April 20, 2021 at 12:55 PM
This should be maintained as Agricultural which still allows to be built on but should be maintained at a lower density housing as the sector plan designated it. This will only add to the traffic problem and volume of houses being planned by the catatoga subdivision. You must take into account this added house load to Campbell Station Road.
Sonia
37871
4-H-21-SP
Sonia (37871), April 15, 2021 at 6:20 PM
I am against the mental drug rehabilitation center going in at the Cardin's location. It is too close to Carter Elementary School. It will be in a short walking distance to 2 other Carter Schools. It is also in close location to the Carter Ball Park and Library.... Where 100’s of children are present in the summer. I am against the zoning going forward. We do not want to bring this type of clientele to the Carter Community. Surely there are better locations where it would be better suited and not close to schools. The individual that is wanting this status should have rented a place with the zoning already in their favor. There are many against this. It was not properly advertised. You said so in the meeting tonight 4/15/2021. It is on record.
Chris
37931
5-SA-21-C
Chris (37931), April 15, 2021 at 1:59 PM
Current road infrastructure at the intersection W. Emory and Karns Valley as well as W. Emory and Beaver Ridge Rd cannot effectively sustain the traffic that this subdivision as well as the new subdivision at W. Emory and Henderson Rd will create! What steps are being taken to address the traffic problems both subdivisions will create! Currently traffic on W. Emory at Beaver Ridge backs up, well up Karns Valley at peak traffic hours. Please advise if any road changes are planned to accommodate these new developments!
Donald
37931
4-H-21-UR
Donald (37931), April 14, 2021 at 9:05 PM
I was told by my commissioner that there would be no entrance/exit onto West Emory Rd. The proposal shows that roadway was planned. Is it currently not allowed if the project goes forward? West Emory is already a very hilly and dangerous road and it would be detrimental to have a large amount of traffic added at that point.

Also I was wondering about the environmental impact these 70 houses being built might have on the historical caverns which may or may not run under the property.
Kevin
37921
4-SC-21-C
Kevin (37921), April 13, 2021 at 4:37 PM
Nickle Road is NOT CAPABLE of handling the increased permanent traffic, and is ESPECIALLY not capable of handling the construction vehicle traffic. The section of county road between the two City sections is not even wide enough to have double yellow lines: It is a single lane road. Any dump truck or construction trailer will literally force vehicles off this single lane road. A road with blind hills, blind curves, and no shoulder is not ready for a massive construction project at any point.

The proposed neighborhood would create more traffic that is not needed on this road. Would the massive costs to widen Nickle Road be worth adding 18 homes? Not likely.
Kaylea
37931
4-SC-21-C
Kaylea (37931), April 8, 2021 at 7:53 PM
I am concerned about the amount of traffic that nickle rd will be expected to see with 18 new houses (let alone the construction process). The road is very narrow with no shoulder to begin with, and part of it close to the proposed subdivision is so narrow that there are no lane markers. I understand the proposed work is too small for a traffic impact report, but I think this is a unique situation which could result in increased safety concerns with adding 200+ estimated daily trips, according to the report. I would like to see any plans related to traffic safety as a result of this activity. Additionally I have concerns about wildlife impact as the property has deer, fox, and other wildlife living in it. If they are displaced from this work, they will end up on the road or in neighboring yards. Therefore a plan for impacted wildlife would also be appropriate. Thank you.
JUSTIN
37871
4-L-21-RZ
JUSTIN (37871), April 8, 2021 at 11:19 AM
I oppose this rezoning. The last thing we need is a methadone clinic / halfway house in the heart of the Carter Community. This needs to be moved away from this rural area. Put it somewhere else.
Kevin
37918
4-SI-21-C
Kevin (37918), April 7, 2021 at 9:14 AM
Are there proposed greenways along the stream, and could there be a walking trail along the stream?
Betty
37912
4-G-21-SP
Betty (37912), April 6, 2021 at 12:32 PM
Has there been any study done about the traffic diversion if Keck Road is closed in the middle for this development? Keck Road is a cut through road from Callahan to Murray to Central Avenue and the reverse of this. Has any one done a traffic count on Keck Road? I live on Keck Road. While I would like to have less traffic, the Keck Road traffic will be fed to Lacy Road. Can Lacy Road handle the extra traffic? Lacy Road has more driveways on hills and curves. I would like this point to be brought up on Thursday. I am not a great speaker, but will ask about this if necessary.
Cindy
37921
4-SC-21-C
Cindy (37921), April 5, 2021 at 1:59 PM
Nickle Rd is much too narrow for increased traffic this subdivision will cause. The southwest portion of Nickle isn’t even a two lane road width.
applicant
37801
4-SE-21-C
Applicant Correspondence
March 26, 2021 at 10:52 AM
Postpone to allow more time for coordination with Knox County on Cherahala Boulevard extension.
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applicant
37909
4-SI-21-C
Applicant Correspondence
March 26, 2021 at 9:59 AM
Please postpone consideration of the Concept/Use on Review Application for "M & M Partners – Pebblepass Lane" ( 4-SI-21-C & 4-H-21-UR) until the May 13, 2021 Planning Commission meeting.
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applicant
37902
3-E-21-RZ
Applicant Correspondence
March 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM
APPLICANT CORRESPONDENCE
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