Tomorrow's 5:30 meeting of the Planning Commission includes in its agenda a section on Long Range Planning. Three really important items stand out:

  • Discussion and possible action on regulations concerning ridge-top
  • development.
  • Continuation of discussions on revision of Policies Plan.
  • 2007 report on school capacity from School Board.
  • Here are the links to the supporting documents, the first being the agenda:

    a - agenda for November 20, 2007
    b - memo on amendments to subdivision regulations public h…
    c - memo on rezoning public hearing for 11-20-07
    d - memo on plat reviews for 11-20-07 _minus attachments_
    e - memo on long range agenda items for 11-20-07 _minus en…

    Might be a good meeting to attend, if you are interested in better understanding the process of how regulations are created. (And if your turkey is thawed.)

    Concerned Citizen Should we

    Concerned Citizen
    Should we all demand that all new subdivisions be postponed until the county upgrades our existing county roads.

    Deadly accidents span four jurisdictions

    By Jessica Stith
    of The Daily Times Staff

    Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said a woman who was hit by a van at about 7:30 p.m. Monday died later that night. Including Tuesday’s fatality in Alcoa, there have been four traffic fatalities that four different agencies responded to in four days in Blount County.

    Saturday’s accident occurred on a state highway covered by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Sunday’s accident occurred in Blount County, Monday’s occurred in Maryville and Tuesday’s traffic fatality occurred in Alcoa.

    Think that's been done

    I think the county has already acknowledged that no new MAJOR (5 houses and over) subdivisions can go in on roads that don't meet the 20 ft. with 2 ft. shoulder standard that the state asserts as a minimum. I think it used to be 18 feet. I'm sure JAC will let us know if I'm wrong here.

    That came around the time The Homestead was being pushed up East Miller's Cove Road. Too late, of course.

    **Correction: This might still be 18 ft. Can anyone verify?**

    Road width

    Concerned Citizen
    I think the county has already acknowledged that no new MAJOR (5 houses and over) subdivisions can go in on roads that don't meet the 20 ft. with 2 ft. shoulder standard that the state asserts as a minimum.
    If this was changed from the existing 18 ft.width it does not show up in the Design standards for Streets found in section 6.02 of the county subdivision regulations. And let me explain my main point was to state that untill our county roads are made safe enough to handle the current population, that we should look into slowing additional growth on these roads and also the effect that the Pellissippi extension would have on these county roads.
    And if I am not mistaken the Planning Department only address the new subdivision to widen any existing road that will service this subdivision to the first major roadway that meets this standard, therefore we may only see 1 mile brought up to this national standard for traffic at 30 miles per hour.

    18 vs. 20 ft.

    I think you must be right -- it may still be 18 feet here. I must have been dreaming.

    A perfect example of what you are describing is the Wyndsong Subdivision on Salem Road. If Salem Road meets the road standard, they must have been measuring thin air!

    Road width

    Twenty foot is not a wide road for a subdivision. Roadside parking, which will happen, makes a twenty foot road one lane. I believe twenty six feet was minimum width years ago and most developers met or exceeded it as a selling feature.

    Road width

    Concerned Citizen
    Twenty foot is not a wide road for a subdivision.

    Joe, you missed my point. I am not addressing the road width requirement within the subdivisions, I am concerned about the narrow arterial roads throuout this county that are inadequate for traffic at 30MPH,for all of the citizens of the county. If you will note most of our serious accidents occure on these narrow roads.
    Another prime example was on the front page of The Daily Times again today.

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