Land Rover dealership gets rezoning for Parkside Drive move – Knoxville News Sentinel

By Ed Marcum of the Knoxville News Sentinel

Planning commissioners about Thursday granted the Land Rover dealership about Parkside Drive the Strategy amendments and rezoning it called for to extend to property across the road, despite the opposition of residents whose homes adjoin the site.

Several homeowners spoke versus the proposal, which was to rezone 3.1 acres about the south adverse of Parkside Drive north of Cogdill Road from overall commercial and office zoning to C-6 overall commercial park.

“It’s not the traffic or anything; nobody in our neighborhood prefers to spine up to a vehicle lot and check out cars,” Steve McGhee told the Metropolitan Preparation Commission. “We can easily check out an office complex; that’s OK. Yet for one individual to make their property to have actually it to the optimum they can easily usage by hurting 100 homeowners’ properties doesn’t appear fair.”

Car dealer Sam Furrow said he would certainly abide by a specified of MPC staff recommendation for shielding the neighborhood, including installing lighting that would certainly be directed to remain about site, installing a 60-foot-deep buffer along with trees alongside the spine of the site adjoining the neighborhood, and various other conditions.

Also as quickly as it met Thursday, MPC approved by unanimous vote an first subdivision Strategy involving road improvements to a 15-acre location off McConnell Street in East Knoxville. This is for improvements to a revitalization Strategy for the 5 Factors area, including construction of the $10 million, 90-unit The Residences at 5 Factors real estate project.

And in various other action, MPC voted to suspend consideration of a revised city parking ordinance until its July 11 meeting and suspend thinking about a proposed mixed-usage district for Bearden until the Aug. 11 meeting. The MPC staff owned requested the postponements to get hold of a lot more people input.

MPC commissioners were split about the Parkside Drive rezoning. Some, such as Laura Cole and Elizabeth Eason, said the sector Strategy and One Year Strategy amendments called for to approve the rezoning require that modifications in the area justifying the amendments need to be spelled out, and they were cynical sufficient owned changed. Bart Carey and Art Clancy III, argued that improvements to Parkside Drive and growth along Parkside and in the Turkey Creek location was ample to warrant the amendment changes. The rezoning was approved 9-5.

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