December 9, 2021
Planning Commission meeting

Public Comments

44 Comments
Brad
11-F-21-RZ
Brad November 23, 2021 at 11:35 AM
Please see the attached petition with now 420 signatures against the rezoning and growth plan amendment at 8802 Sevierville Pike.

Could you all please make sure that members of the planning committee see this petition before they make any decisions regarding the planning request?
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211123113512.pdf
Blake
37920
11-B-21-SP
Blake (37920), November 23, 2021 at 8:30 AM
My wife and I relocated here four years ago. One of the reasons we moved was because we could literally see the developers’ bulldozers from our kitchen window where we used to see farmland. We bought our house because of the natural woods all around, even though it’s close to conveniences. We are beyond disappointed to hear plans to clear so much of the woods. Our property is directly adjacent to the subject property. Please do not allow this to destroy this community. Besides our personal concerns, the traffic, infrastructure and environmental issues are huge.
Lora
37920
11-B-21-SP
Lora (37920), November 22, 2021 at 8:19 PM
Please do not rezone this area as residential. The resulting traffic flow and disruption to area wildlife would be disastrous. Please help us preserve this land in its natural state.
Brenda
37920
11-B-21-SP
Brenda (37920), November 22, 2021 at 7:36 PM
I would be very interested if there has been a study on how our roads are going to handle the additional traffic, We are jsut now finally beginning to see some improvement from the recent up grades, Now we are throwing all the hoses that are planned on Highland view , The houses 2-per acre on Old Sevierville pike. nxt they are planning townhouses directly on Chapman. Also would love to see what plans are being made for our Schools to handle the additional Children. New Hopewell is crowded with out buildings and been promise a new school for years , I feel so sad to lose yet another area that was home to deer, birds, even a bat cave that is just being bulldozed over. I know housing is needed and I am sure most area people would be receptive to less houses per acre leaving trees intact. But if you drive back you will see thousands of trees have pull cut already or bulldozed down. Lots of grade work is going on daily,
Briana
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Briana (37920), November 22, 2021 at 5:01 PM
I am writing to oppose this development. Sevierville Pike and other less-traveled roads in the area are already becoming overwhelmed by vehicle traffic. In 2019, traffic counts reported 1,084 vehicles on a section of Sevierville Pike near the intersection of Bays Mountain Road. The planned development would no doubt more than double this vehicle count. Additionally, construction will harm local waterways as well as disrupt wildlife corridors.
Corinne
3792
11-F-21-RZ
Corinne ( 3792), November 22, 2021 at 2:11 PM
I am writing as a representative of the Keep the Urban Wilderness Peaceful community group. We advocate for the preservation of the rural community we reside in and advocate for reasonable development that fits within the zoning and sector plans of the area. Project 11-F-21-RZ is another example of the disregard and destruction of rural areas that has become the blight of lack of Knox Co planning and the destruction of our beloved communities for greed and development. This project must not be approved as proposed.
Angela
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Angela (37920), November 21, 2021 at 8:41 PM
I purchase my property during to it being a more rural, natural setting. I wanted a home that was more nature then urban, crowded and busy. I wanted to be able yo see the deer in the morning and evening, hear the birds sing during the day, be able yo open my windows and smell the fresh air. If I wanted to live where there were houses all around me, I would have purchased a home in or near the city. BUT I did not. Please do not allow Seviervill Pike to become just another housing development allow those of us that live here to enjoy South Knoxville for the reasons we moved here. Don't destroy our dreams for someone else's pocketbook.
Cynthia
37920
11-B-21-SP
Cynthia (37920), November 21, 2021 at 8:16 AM
My family and I have lived in this community since 1970. It is a wonderful, rural community and the woods and fields that make up the proposed development that is behind us has been the same since that time. It has been used for running cattle, horse shows, etc, and because of the huge cave and caverns located on the property, we thought it would always remain the same. Many of the children in the area played and explored all in the area. Please do not let Thunder Mountain ruin our community by bringing in a 450 house develop that will swallow up all of our wildlife and beauty. The view as you turn off Chapman Highway at Highland Cemetery has remained the same since I was a child and has always been a comfort when arriving home. Please consider all of the current residents and their homes they currently enjoy, as well as the small businesses & vote no on this rezoning.
Jason
37932
12-I-21-RZ
Jason (37932), November 19, 2021 at 8:52 PM
I am working to express my concern with the proposed rezoning of this parcel to 3 dwellings per acre. As a resident of the area surrounding this land, I can recognize that the existing infrastructure in this area cannot support a development of this density without significant improvement prior to any additional housing being built. The available access on Couch Mill Road should be significantly worked to support the additional tragic from this proposed development. Alternatively, the density of this rezoning could be reduced to 1 dwelling per acre which would strain but not break the current infrastructure. Please consider sustainable development principles when considering the rezoning of this land.
WANDA
37920
11-B-21-SP
WANDA (37920), November 18, 2021 at 2:53 PM
Regarding the proposed development on Old Sevierville Pike and Dry Hollow, I am totally opposed to this development, First and foremost, the development will create a severe road hazard on Sevierville Pike. The road is a narrow, 2-lane road with curves and blind spots. People who live in the area know the existing hazards of the road and for the most part, drive accordingly. Adding 500-1200 more vehicles on this road will be a nightmare!. Where in the mind of Knox County government is concern for the safety of this community? And aside from the traffic and increased road hazard, does anyone not care that a community which had been here for over 100 years is facing complete demolition of life as we know it? AND, does anyone not care that the wildlife in this special place is in dire jeopardy of being completely destroyed as their habitat will be wiped out? Think about your neighborhood and if you would want such a development to destroy such a beautiful history. Greed may win the battle but it will not win the war!
Jessica
37865
11-F-21-RZ
Jessica (37865), November 17, 2021 at 9:39 PM
You all are making a huge mistake. Why ruin all beautiful land and these trees? You are hurting all animals. These houses you all are planning needs to move to somewhere else. This is very upsetting. Please reconsider and leave that land alone. Move to somewhere else. We are already packed with traffic from tourists and people. It’s already hurting us all. We can’t have anymore traffic, we CANT. Chapman highway are already SO SO bad. It takes me 25-45 minutes to get home from working in south Knoxville which typically takes me 15 min to get home. Please MOVE!! Please find a land that has no traffic or anything. LEAVE IT ALONE!
Bridget
37866
11-F-21-RZ
Bridget (37866), November 17, 2021 at 3:10 PM
We do not want or need this in our community. We do not have the resources for this amount of irresponsible development, nor do we want to live in a community this large. Take it elsewhere!
Breanna
37876
11-F-21-RZ
Breanna (37876), November 17, 2021 at 2:52 AM
I am writing to ask that you please do not develop anymore houses on this acreage. Our small town roads are already seeing such a large amount of traffic and developers are taking away the beauty of Sevierville by placing these developments on any available piece of land. Please preserve the natural state of Sevierville and help limit traffic on our backroads, not built for developments such as this.
Donald
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Donald (37920), November 16, 2021 at 8:12 PM
The plan for the land you thinking of rezoning. Is far ahead of it's time. By at least 20 years..This area is not ready or do we want to be the next Florida or NC. With insufficient Police, Fire department and schools. The Community should of had much more notice than a few signs . A developer who has already done more unreversible damage to The land and me personally. They riped a 1/3 of my fence down along with a redbud tree Transplanted from my deceased mother's farm witch was on our land. Not letting us know allowing are 4 dogs to rome at will. This is just The start of the madness . The trespassing will Only get worse. Put a stop too this before it is to much for our roads ,schools Sheriff.and fire Department can handle. Concerned citizen.
Ursula
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Ursula (37920), November 16, 2021 at 7:00 PM
An incredible overwhelming majority of the people in this community are opposed to rezoning this land.  I moved here specifically for the rural setting, community, and wildlife. This wilderness is the EXACT reason that South Knox is desirable. This is something we actually advertise! It doesn't work if you become concrete suburbia, devoid of forests and wildlife. If this is approved, we can never go back. Rezoning would destroy everything South Knox stands for and just create another Hardin Valley nightmare. Please take note that people are already very willing to build homes here, following the existing agriculture zoning requirements, without disrupting the beauty and uniqueness that makes this place special. I know because I'm one of them, and I know many others actively trying to do the same. This area is also not included in the growth plan. As others have already mentioned, changing the zoning without the needed, extensive roadway infrastructure would be reckless and only lead to more deaths on Chapman highway.
Robbie
37865
11-F-21-RZ
Robbie (37865), November 16, 2021 at 6:20 PM
Need to persevere all the property that we can I grew up in those woods and that many homes would destroy the property which also could bring more crime to the area 5or 10 homes would be alright but that many homes is ridiculous schools are over run now don’t let big businesses come in and pad the pockets with money to get there way let’s us live in our peaceful communities without 400some odd homes I drive by those hills everyday and live on the other side of that mountain and it’s beautiful land there not to be filled with homes but to leave nature alone with its nature there I hope that you reconsider this proposal and not to look at money but consider how much damage it will do to the wildlife and the natural springs and ponds on the property
Andrew
37917
11-F-21-RZ
Andrew (37917), November 16, 2021 at 4:10 PM
Please see attached document
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211116161029.pdf
Brittany
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Brittany (37920), November 15, 2021 at 7:16 PM
Our schools, our underfunded fire departments, our whacked out highway (where you already take your life in your hands on each run) do NOT need this. Cookie cutter boxes with 3 inches of yard are what they do in California, not East Tennessee. People are COMING from those places to escape such living. I get that jobs are arriving in the area (yay) and real estate is premium. I get that this is America and we value our right to grow businesses, including real estate, within certain limits of the law. However, I don't want to go from being capitalists to having consumer-driven communities where no value is put on preservation, scene, or space. IN THE LEAST, please don't allow four houses per acre. It's an eyesore. Who is gonna wanna come here if we scrape away every inch of good country to start yet another subdivision? More like... an overdivision.
12-A-21-SNC
Lee (37923), November 14, 2021 at 5:33 PM
The double crossing of Venice on Sanders road is confusing. Changing the name of this section of the road into my subdivision 8is a good idea.
11-SC-21-C
Lee (37909), November 8, 2021 at 12:28 PM
West Hills Community Association requests a 60-day postponement. Developer has not contacted either the organization nor to our understanding any of the adjoining neighbors. Please see attached PDF containing a detailed response and comments from WHCA. 
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211108122854.pdf
Lien
37909
11-SC-21-C
Lien (37909), November 7, 2021 at 8:56 PM
My comments are provided in the attached pdf file. 

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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211107205611.pdf
Gail
37865
11-F-21-RZ
Gail (37865), November 7, 2021 at 7:38 PM
I am commenting only, we in Seymour are AGAINST rezoning 8802 Sevierville Pike. Chapman highway is treacherous with traffic conditions today. We do not want further congestion and destruction of our rural community with this development.
Suzan
37865
11-F-21-RZ
Suzan (37865), November 7, 2021 at 5:43 PM
see the attached
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211107174345.pdf
Beverly
37909
11-SC-21-C
Beverly (37909), November 4, 2021 at 1:11 PM
Concerns on Ashton Court Development
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211104131100.pdf
11-B-21-SP
Dan (37920), November 3, 2021 at 11:49 PM
The community is opposed to this rezoning. 

This is a rural area. 4 DU per acre is too dense.

Nature. There are concerns about the water shed, potential flooding and impacts to wild life.

Traffic. There is not a traffic light at Chapman Hwy. It would be irresponsible to allow this level of density without additional traffic control infrastructure.

Beauty. Spec house developments are abominations to the landscape. Knoxville can do better than generic suburban sprawl that enriches short term speculators at the expense of community.
Larry
37909
11-SC-21-C
Larry (37909), November 3, 2021 at 9:10 PM
See attached pdf
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211103211026.pdf
Donald
3792
11-B-21-SP
Donald ( 3792), November 3, 2021 at 12:27 PM
Already upset about the stewardship of the land. That this developer has shown. The only solitude we have after a forty to sixty hour week. Two or three evening's a week. We have enjoyed watching the fawn settle in the high grass as parent's graze. Even the live stock we have watched over the years brings some normal to the chaos. All this comes with a view that people travel far to see. The rezoning will compromise all this As well as traffic and crime. That we have already seen an increase of such at state and city levels. We are finally getting the roads we needed ten years ago. Now the Rezoning, more infrastructure will be needed. Police presence will have to increase even though that department is short handed and unlikely to change even with a Tax increase. Fire department another cost increase. I'm sure Seymour Volunteers would end up answering most calls. I dont agree that this part of the county is ready for the expansion they are proposing.
Norman
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Norman (37920), November 2, 2021 at 9:46 PM
Worried about safety for my family. Traffic on Sevierville Pk and Chapman Hwy and surrounding roads can’t handle it. Schools are over crowded now! Wildlife will have nowhere to roam. It will bring the prices of surrounding houses way down.
Rachel
7865
11-F-21-RZ
Rachel (7865), November 2, 2021 at 9:33 PM
Please reconsider using this property for housing development. The Dry Hollow area is just near the Seymour line. The area is already growing rapidly. This influx of people on top of an already growing area will be a disaster waiting to happen. Chapman highway just in the past few months has become highly traveled more than usual due to the new people living in and around the area. This highway is already dangerous as it is and adding the extra traffic to the area will only lead to more accidents. Also, moving low income housing to the area will bring down property values and increase crime in the area. Years ago my husband lived in the area before Montgomery village was placed in South Knoxville. Once the development was built his family home was broken into twice within the first month of the low income housing opening. This location prior to being built was farm land as well. We ask that this project does not move forward
karen
37920
11-F-21-RZ
karen (37920), November 2, 2021 at 1:23 PM
i understand the new owners are looking for quick money. there are sustainable future options for this property. i checked the existing creek system, which would be adversely affected by housing development. utilizing the creek system to a trout farm would give them a huge market as fish is in high demand as more byers are looking for local sources . developers ,city/county planners need to consider 100+ years down the road.
Matt
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Matt (37920), November 2, 2021 at 11:05 AM
I am totally against this planned rezoning and development. The roads are incapable of handling this increased amount of traffic. There are also issues with available capacity of current sanitary sewer. The wildlife in the area are being treated like the early Native Americans. It is a shame that those we elect to be our voice completely ignore the majority of the people. Would you want this development on Government Farm Road?
Bethany
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Bethany (37920), November 1, 2021 at 8:18 PM
This piece of land needs to stay as it is. Traffic on Chapman highway is dangerous enough without adding more traffic. It is also important for our wildlife in the area to maintain this land as their habitat.
Brittany
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Brittany (37920), November 1, 2021 at 7:24 PM
I'm really excited about this development, I hope we can purchase a home!
Margie
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Margie (37920), November 1, 2021 at 3:28 PM
Wholesale, indiscriminate clearing of hundreds trees and illegal grading on site have already severely impacted site drainage, caused excessive erosion and displaced a large amount of wildlife. Once beautiful and productive farmland is now a tangle of debris, uprooted trees and raw, eroding soil—a complete eyesore caused by an utter disregard of good land management practices. The proposed rezoning to allow for 227 houses on quarter-acre lots will destroy the rural character of this neighborhood. Associated traffic on our narrow, curving rural roads would result in even more hazardous driving conditions than currently exist. Furthermore, the current request to rezone 63+ acres is only the first of several upcoming requests to rezone a total of nearly 400 acres on contiguous parcels owned by Thunder Mountain—the petitioners for rezoning—who have stated their intention to develop all of their holdings in the near future. Per Knox County's own Growth Policy Plan, the land is OUTSIDE of the Planned Growth Area; it is designated Rural Area in the Growth Policy Plan. I am completely opposed to the rezoning of this site and I respectfully request the proposed rezoning be denied.
Anna
37909
11-SC-21-C
Anna (37909), November 1, 2021 at 11:13 AM
Comments on proposed changes to 225 Vanosdale Dr.
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211101111341.pdf
Amanda
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Amanda (37920), November 1, 2021 at 11:03 AM
Please see attached letter
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211101110327.pdf
Bradley
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Bradley (37920), November 1, 2021 at 10:36 AM
Please see the attached letter below against the rezoning of 8802 Old Sevierville Pike
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211101103640.pdf
Bradley
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Bradley (37920), November 1, 2021 at 10:28 AM
Please see attached petition for 150 plus citizens against this rezoning request.

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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20211101102809.pdf
Robert
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Robert (37920), October 31, 2021 at 10:05 AM
I do not think that all this additional housing is positive move for Knoxville..It poses health and safety issues that out way any personal advances..
Cheryl
3792
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Cheryl ( 3792), October 30, 2021 at 9:07 AM
I implore you to not continue with the thunder mountain subdivision. So many wildlife habitats, bat caves, and creeks will be devastated and gone with this subdivision. This subdivision will produce so much traffic and will be huge concern for safety and well being of my family. This area development is not needed and will create over-crowded schools and horrendous traffic. Please do not destroy this beautiful habitat for a subdivision!
Carmen
37865
11-B-21-SP
Carmen (37865), October 30, 2021 at 8:44 AM
Although I live in Sevier County I am very concerned regarding this purposed project. I am very concerned regarding the high traffic volume this will bring to Chapman Highway. This highway is very dangerous on a daily bases. This project will effect more than Knox County residents as it is so close to the Blount and Sevier county lines. We all share this highway. The attempt to make the highway bigger with turn lanes and guardrails directly in front of the purposed project is just a bandaid. The remaining portion of Chapman Highway will increasingly become more dangerous with the impact of such a extraordinary development. Please consider denying this development based on volume alone.
Dawn
3792
11-F-21-RZ
Dawn ( 3792), October 29, 2021 at 6:36 PM
We are heart broken that thousands of trees have been bulldozed and the wildlife habitat has been destroyed for the deer, turkeys and hawks. The streams and creeks have been terribly impacted be all of the tree debris and dirt being pushed into the these very sensitive waterways.

I have spoken to many of the folks who live near is property they want to rezone…..not a single person I have spoken with wants this beautiful rural area turned into hundreds of home and hundreds of cars on the already unsafe roads……People moved to the country for a reason and that was to get away from the congestion and neighbors on top of them.

4 houses per acre is way to dense and tearing down all these trees is just awful…..Leaving Tree trash piles everywhere is very disrespectful to all of your neighbors!!! Clean up the mess and be a bit more concerned about what the community thinks of your housing development in their front yard

I’m a big no to this plan…..I’m a big no to their driveway right in front of our driveway and I’m a big no to hundreds of cars on our little country road and our community is a big no as well!!!

Please Stop Destroying the rural Beauty

Please Stop Destroying the Peace and Tranquillity

Please Stop Destroying the Wildlife Habitat
Jeanne
37865
11-F-21-RZ
Jeanne (37865), October 7, 2021 at 3:31 PM
We do not want a subdivision development at the Bower Field/Camel factory area. Chapman highway is already too dangerous with too much traffic! Stop developing our precious farmland! And destroying our way of life
Nicole
37920
11-F-21-RZ
Nicole (37920), October 6, 2021 at 9:01 AM
Opposed on multiple fronts, first being the road structure will not handle an extra 250-500 cars a day, with multiple accidents as is now. Second the charm and character of the rual farm land should be preserved and this land was originally zoned this way to preserve. The prior owners leveraged this for decreased tax liability to only sale with intent of development.