Sat
Oct 6 2007
07:31:am

This Tuesday, Oct 9 is going to be a very important night in Blount County.
Back to back committee action down at the courthouse.

Using the pointers R. Neal gave us yesterday at the Democratic Luncheon, let's talk about these issues one by one.

6:00 pm Blount County Public Services Committee Meeting.
agenda is here (link...)

Possible hot topics include

  • Discussion/Possible Action Regarding Resolution Concerning Fluoridation of Public Water System

6:35 pm A Special Called Meeting of the Full Commission

  • 1. Discussion and possible action regarding reclassification by the Property Assessor of properties rezoned commercial.

There is a zoning hearing set for this meeting too.
(link...)

7:30 The Blount County Intergovernmental Committee
full agenda here (link...)

Possible hot topics

  • a) Discussion/Possible Action Regarding County Mayor’s Appointments to the Planning Commission –Bruce McClellan(reappointment)and Robert Ramsey(appointment.)

Ramsey to the Planning Commission

I vote no.

I would rather see Commissioner Reeves, or Murrell or French added to this very important group. Or another citizen who is not a developer.

Whose commission seat is up for reappointment???

Generally, there's a set number of Commissioners who serve on the Planning Commission and so obviously, noone's term is up (they serve pro term). Is someone being replaced? There are a couple I'd really LIKE to see replaced. Or is Cunningham looking to UP the number of elected officials serving? And what would that mean?

Commissioner Reeves would be my first choice, Murrell my second, but Ramsey's not a bad guy. I would love to see someone who'd show some real leadership, though, which the Planning Commission is sorely lacking. Either of the ladies I mentioned would do the trick.

When it comes to McClellan, though, I'd have to say I'd like to see him replaced. He never saw a development he didn't like. He's just there to vote yes. He works in the business himself, I understand.

I heard Lail was leaving the

I heard Lail was leaving the planning commission.

IN RE: RESOLUTION TO AMEND

IN RE: RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE ZONING RESOLUTION OF BLOUNT COUNTY, TENNESSEE,FROM S-SUBURBANIZING TO RAC – RURAL ARTERIAL COMMERCIAL FOR PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4004 HIGHWAY 411 SOUTH AT THE INTERSECTION OF HITSON ROAD, TAX MAP 90, PARCEL 87.01.
Commissioner Melton made a motion to approve the resolution. Commissioner Hargis seconded the motion.
A roll call vote was taken:
Ballard – nay Harrison – aye Lewis – absent Reeves – nay
Burchfield – nay Hasty – aye McCulley – aye Samples – aye
Farmer – aye Helton – aye Melton – aye Walker – absent
French – absent Keeble – nay Murrell – nay
Graham – nay Kirby – absent Proffitt – nay
Hargis – aye Lail – aye Ramsey – aye

Sorry about the all caps but this is a cut and paste from the Aug Commission meeting package showing the July minutes and vote.

I would not want anyone added to the Planning Commission who voted in favor of allowing that defacto commerical metal building to be rezoned.

Fluoridation of Public Water

Can they even be talking about anything other than South Blount Utility?

I thought this issue was settled.

reclassification by the Property Assessor of properties

Details are still missing on this but I understand it has something to do with getting a property rezoned to the much more valuable commercial status but the taxes don't go up until it is developed.

RAC request of 4004 Highway 411 South.

DE FACTO zoning folks.

(865) 983-2585

Do your own google search on this.

RAC

Is this that metal building "house"? Apparently the owner bought the lot and all the stuff for the building from a big local developer who had unsuccessfully tried to rezone it before.

It would be unconscionable to approve this. This would set a very very ugly precedent. I have already heard of metal building "barns" being built (because they don't require site plans) and then being rented out for businesses in ad hoc industrial parks.

That is the one

At last month's Public Services Committee meeting there was an odd comment made when the topic of zoning was brought up. After they voted to put these on the Oct 9th agenda one of the Commissioners seated on the right side of the commission said something about "we don't do things like Knoxville" and it was followed by chuckles on that side of the seating.

Too bad those committee meetings are not video taped because I would sure like to understand who said that.

One thing is for sure, if they allow this to pass we don't do zoning like Jefferson County.

(link...)

Plaintiffs obtained a permit and built a “garage and storage building” on their property. The zoning
officer received complaints after the building was built, and the Board of Zoning Appeals determined
that plaintiffs’ use of the building was not allowed in the zoning classification. On certiorari, the
Trial Judge affirmed the Board of Zoning Appeals’ decision and enjoined plaintiffs from using the
building in violation of the zoning ordinance. On appeal, we affirm.

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