December 8, 2022
Planning Commission meeting

Public Comments

35 Comments
City of Knoxville
37901
10-C-22-RZ
City of Knoxville (37901), September 29, 2022 at 12:21 PM
This is the letter sent certified mail to the property owner by the City of Knoxville. Jessie Hillman with Knox Planning received a phone call from Mr. Bales and then followed up with an email attaching the letter from the City.
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Lance
37918
11-SA-22-C
Lance (37918), October 20, 2022 at 5:44 PM
When our subdivision was built it was said that it would be a dead end street from the builder. This street is not wide enough to handle the amount of traffic as the only entrance and exit to this new subdivision. When entering the property turning onto Beeler Farms ln from Beeler rd there is a huge blind spot since it’s on top of the hill. There will be many bad accidents if this is completed. Also Beeler Farms Ln is an up and down hill that will not be safe with the additional housing. Emory can not handle the additional traffic at Beeler rd. We speak to house Emory rd is planned to be 5 lanes, this will not happen anytime soon. Please don’t allow these plans with this entry point.
Caylee
37918
11-SA-22-C
Caylee (37918), October 20, 2022 at 6:13 PM
Hi,
I live in the Beeler Farms Lane subdivision, I saw the proposal for Fairview Road Subdivison. I know I am not happy about this proposal as well as the rest of the residents in the Beeler Farms subdivison. We do not want the construction (as our subdivison is almost finally finished) and the traffic because it looks like there will only be one entrance and exit which is the one the Beeler Farms subdivison is using now.
Thanks,
Caylee Ariaz
Hollie
37918
11-SA-22-C
Hollie (37918), October 21, 2022 at 7:55 AM
We are residents of Beeler Farms and recently saw the developmental plans for the new neighborhood that would be located behind ours. This is absolutely unacceptable. There is no way our one road can handle the traffic of 100+ cars. There is already too much traffic and the road being crowded with cars parked on the road. Our children and others use that road to play and ride their bikes and this would take away that opportunity for them to grow and be comfortable in their own neighborhood. We completely disagree with our neighborhood being used as the entrance and exit to this huge neighborhood and do not see how this is a sensible plan. Many of the owners feel they have been completely deceived and lied to when we were told there would be no more development. We will be sure to be present on November 10th to make our voices heard.
Tabatha
37918
11-SA-22-C
Tabatha (37918), October 21, 2022 at 8:54 AM
I just learned that a community is being proposed behind our community. The problem is the entrance/exit is our small road. This small neighborhood cannot handle the amount of traffic that would result from adding over 100 homes. Nor can Beeler Road handle it. How can there only be one exit for over 150+ homes? When I purchased this house I was garanteed that nothing was being built or added past the cul de sac. Now another subdivision is being added even though the subdivision could have its own entrance and exit on Fairview road? Why is Beeler Farms Lane the necessary entrance for a whole other subdivsion/community with a whole different HOA than ours. I want my son to be safe, play, ride bikes, and make life long friends in this neighborhood; But, that would be impossible if we are the beginning of a 100+ home subdivision on a small road. Going to school daily would be misery. We can barely manage to get on Emery from Beeler Road with the current school traffic. Are they going to install a light to help mitigate the flow of traffic daily? I am asking that this be rejected and the other subdivision have its own entrance/exit different from ours. My whole subdivision is ready to stand against this since we were all told nothing was being developed behind us and none of us want this kind of traffic. Especially when we were all assured nothing would be developed there.
Brianna
37918
11-SA-22-C
Brianna (37918), October 21, 2022 at 9:39 AM
This is absolutely a horrible idea. 180 houses with one exit will not only cause traffic concerns but also safety. With Beeler farms lane being the straight away entrance into so many houses it will cause speeding and constant traffic flow. Our neighborhood is filled with children of all ages and I cannot imagine how dangerous this will be for our smaller neighborhood. We all purchased homes in this neighborhood with the knowledge that it would be 53 homes not 180. We were lied to and lead to believe the culdesac was it. Please stop this from happening our neighborhood and the Gibbs community cannot handle this. If the normal amount stated in the documents provided states that communities of 150 with a single entrance is the standard, who thought 180 would be just fine? I don’t want to see one of our kids hurt or our community overcrowded by all this traffic on our street. Please don’t let this happen to Beeler Farms neighborhood.
Garrett
37918
11-SA-22-C
Garrett (37918), October 21, 2022 at 11:56 AM
Hello, I feel as if I will also echo the consensus to the idea of this construction/ development project leading to a horrible outcome if the only access road is beeler farms Ln. not only logistically will it be a nightmare for the good members of this community, but the safety of the children of this community is paramount. A single roadway access, will severely disrupt the community, and will have to constantly worry about our kids being in danger from the numerous construction vehicles and equipment that will be in and out daily. There needs to be a project/neighborhood access point on Fairview road, or Emory road. Ball homes was very misleading to all of the members of this community, and told us that there will be a community space where the proposed project of adding homes will continue. This neighborhood does not support this, and there is already a dangerous element to the neighborhood entrance as it is that I’m sure will never be addressed. We hope you reconsider allowing this to happen for the sake of hardworking members of this community, and safety sake of the children who call this community home. Thank you.
Jenny
37721
11-SA-22-C
Jenny (37721), October 21, 2022 at 12:47 PM
Please consider all of the present development that has been approved and in process before you approve any new developments. Our roads and schools cannot be sustainable with all of the new subdivisions. Thank you
Eliot
37918
11-SA-22-C
Eliot (37918), October 21, 2022 at 2:23 PM
In regards to the Fairbank subdivion being built, I have no opposition to the community; however, I am 100% opposed to our subdivion being used as the only entrance. Our road cannot handle the traffic for 126 additional homes. This will make our subdivision unsafe. They need to have the entrance connected elsewhere.
Sarah
37721
11-SA-22-C
Sarah (37721), October 21, 2022 at 5:36 PM
Please widen the road before adding even more traffic to it. Tazewell pike is a little 2 lane country road. I love that we’re building up the area and bringing in new developments, but please give us roads to handle it
Shelly
37918
11-SA-22-C
Shelly (37918), October 21, 2022 at 5:38 PM
I am extremely concerned to hear of the plans to put in yet another neighborhood. Our schools are overcrowded, the teachers can’t even keep up with all the kids they have now! We had to pull our youngest out of the elementary school because he has learning needs that they do not have the teacher capacity to be able to meet those needs. My neighbor is a teacher at Gibbs and they are completely exhausted and overworked because there are TOO MANY kids already!!! We CANT add more!!! This community does NOT need more compact, overcrowded neighborhoods! We can barely function as is!! The roads, especially Emory & Tazewell are barely passable in the mornings because it’s so overcrowded! Please stop this madness!
Danielle
37918
11-SA-22-C
Danielle (37918), October 21, 2022 at 7:22 PM
Hello, I live in the Beeler Farms neighborhood. I recently learned of the proposed large housing development that is being considered as an addition to our neighborhood. This is beyond upsetting. The street is not wide enough for so much traffic. There are a lot of young children that you will be putting in danger due to road width, traffic and lack of sidewalks in Beeler Farms!! It is very unsafe to only have one way in and one way out for traffic as well. We bought our home in this neighborhood because the small size. We were never told there was a possibility of this when we bought our home. Please consider all of our quality of life and being ethical over profits. Thank you.
Erin
37918
11-SA-22-C
Erin (37918), October 22, 2022 at 9:46 PM
We bought our home in June, and one of the things I liked the most was the face that the road was not thru street. I live on a street for 17 years that was part of a large development and have no desire to do so again. This street can in no way shape or form accommodate the kind of heavy traffic this would bring. The road is not wide enough. My son is the last bus stop in the morning and he squeezes in to a seat. A new development of the size the developer intends, would create nothing but problems for the surrounding area. Someone already mad about our street, swerved and tried to hit my son speeding down Beeler Rd. Trying to turn on to this road with the addition of hundreds more cars, would make everyone’s daily commute and errands stressful and exponentially more dangerous. This small area already seems overbuilt with the addition of our line street.

Plus, isn’t this "Common Area" supposed to belong to the residents. It is on the plat map I was provided with. I was led to believe that my HOA fees included a to that area. It belongs to us and we were all misled by Ball Homes. There is so much wrong with this idea and it is a terrible thing to do to the residents of Beeler Farms Lane.
Rhonda
37849
11-A-22-PD
Rhonda (37849), October 23, 2022 at 9:09 PM
I’m writing in regards to your traffic study for this development. Your report shows that there wears ver little difference in the 2 studies. The study done this year was done the second week schools were out for the summer. This is also the week that most families take their summer vacations. Traffic on W. Emory Road is at an all time low during this period. If you were serious about doing an accurate study you would do it the 2nd or 3rd week after school starts. I have no doubt that Smithbilt will build anything they want and the county will back them because they want the money. So don’t try to sell me on an inadequate traffic study. I live in this community and travel these roads daily. Those of us that do, know what a development of this magnitude will do to our already heavy traffic areas. Please have the state widen W. Emory before you approve any more development on Karns side of W.Emory.
Kathleen
37918
11-A-22-DP
Kathleen (37918), October 24, 2022 at 9:41 AM
I am a resident of Beeler Farms Subdivision which consists of 1 straight street (on a hill) with 53 homes and a cul-de-sac at the end. All residents were told the area at the end of the cul-de-sac was meant for 1 additional house, and a common area shared by our community and managed by the HOA. It seems very shady that the HOA has not been released to the community when there are only 2 houses left to sell. Ball Homes, who is currently in charge of our HOA must only make decisions in the best interest of the community. Taking away the common area and turning our subdivision into a through street for an additional 130 homes is not in the best interest of anyone. It makes our community more crowded, less appealing, and most importantly less safe.

Our neighborhood is full of children and families who enjoy playing and taking walks. We chose to purchase these properties based on the street being a safe place for our families.

I read the full report and there are several things that raise concerns. It appears the primary reason to hijack our subdivision is due to cost of creating an entrance on Fairview. The owner of the property should have thought about that before purchasing the land. It is not fair to now make it the problem of Beeler Farms homeowners. (Please see attached PDF for continued comment)

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Kathleen
37918
11-A-22-DP
Kathleen (37918), October 24, 2022 at 12:42 PM
Please do not let Fairview Road Subdivision highjack Beeler Farms Subdivision's dead end cul-de-sac road! We all purchased our homes under the promise that we would have a safe, low traffic neighborhood, with a cul-de-sac at the end. Please require them to create their own entrance/exit to their subdivision. Having 180+ homes with one entrance/exit though our street is not safe and not in the best interest of our residents. Please ensure that Beeler Farms Lane remains a cul-de-sac! Fairview Road Subdivision should have their own entrance/exit from Fairview Road...
Dimitra
37918
11-A-22-DP
Dimitra (37918), October 26, 2022 at 4:40 PM
I absolutely concur with all the previous comments about the deception coming from Ball Homes for future building simultaneously using our small street as a go through for 180 homes. I'm positive the majority of home owners would NOT have purchased had we known. I'm all about progress and making room for others as long as it's done with regard for the existing residents as well. We closed on our home in April and could hardly wait for the remaining homes to be finished. The inconvenience, dust, crowded streets, noise was so bothersome. I can't imagine living through that, and worse, over a 5 year span.

We were initially told that our cul de sac would remain private and the area that was being cleared would be a common area.
Brooke
37918
11-SA-22-C
Brooke (37918), October 28, 2022 at 4:05 PM
Please see attached file.
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20221028160551.pdf
Narasimha
37918
11-A-22-DP
Narasimha (37918), November 1, 2022 at 5:34 AM
This is not safe for those many houses coming lineup on the construction passing through Beeler Farms Ln road. Hope they should choose the best option.
Phyllis
37918
11-SA-22-C
Phyllis (37918), November 1, 2022 at 2:54 PM
In regards to the Fairbank subdivision being built, I have no opposition to the community; however, I am 100% opposed to our subdivision being used as the only entrance. I purchased in the cul-de-sac for a reason it was a cul-de-sac.

Planning for 5 years of construction with our subdivision as their entrance will disrupt the lives of our residence for 5 years with dump trucks moving in and out daily to clear that land to build. We all understood the construction of our small street with 53 houses and were happy when all the trucks and dumpsters were moved out and now to have that for 5 years is not acceptable? We were told from the builder when we bought the house and asked specifically what the area was and was told a commons area owned by the HOA.

To have additional 500 cars driving through the subdivision daily once completed and all houses sold is absolutely not what we were looking for when purchasing our home on a cul-de-sac.
John
37849
11-A-22-PD
John (37849), November 3, 2022 at 3:31 PM
PDF attached
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20221103153110.pdf
Jenette
37849
11-A-22-PD
Jenette (37849), November 3, 2022 at 9:20 PM
I want to direct the commission to the survey Smithbuilt conducted when they asked for community input. All of the communities concerns were expressed in that survey. The top being lack of infrastructure, transportation issues, educational overcrowding, safety and noise concerns. The traffic study alone shows that Emory and Clinton Highway would need major updates in order to accommodate the amount of added traffic. I understand we can not stop growth but I am asking that the communities concerns be addressed and thus the roads, infrastructure etc be updated prior to adding yet another large subdivision on Emory.
Walt
37918
11-SA-22-C
Walt (37918), November 4, 2022 at 8:07 AM
Please do not approve the proposed "Fairview Road Subdivision" as it is currently designed with the only access point being Beeler Farms Ln., which, per page 9 of the traffic study, was "designed and constructed to end at a cul-de-sac".

Per the traffic study conducted, this new development would add 1285 trips up and down Beeler Farms Ln, per day!! Broken down by hour, that is 54 cars per hour and that doesn’t take into account the significantly reduced trips during the overnight hours. Taking out the 10 PM to 4 AM hours, this would result in 71 cars per hour, on average, going up and down a road that was designed as a residential street and not a thoroughfare.

Page 14 of the traffic study states that Emory Rd has 5702 vehicles per day. With Beeler Farms Ln projected to have 1285 trips per day, that would equate to 22.5% of the current volume that Emory Rd (a major arterial road) handles being run through a two lane residential road that is also expected to have on-street vehicle parking. This volume of traffic on a residential road is asinine!

See additional remarks in attachment.
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20221104080722.pdf
Linda
37849
11-A-22-PD
Linda (37849), November 5, 2022 at 11:27 AM
No additional housing should be approved for this section of Emory Road. This 2 lane road is heavily traveled at present.
11-A-22-PD
Kim (37849), November 7, 2022 at 12:59 PM
We moved to Powell in 2018 to get away from traffic and crowds.we love the small town feel and the quire .I love hearing the cows from the pasture that Smithbuilt wants to over populate with small lists and houses that you can reach out and knock on your neighbors hose .this will cause increased traffic on a road where most do not go the speed limit to begin with as well it will add to the already overwhelmed school systems in pure area .

If they would put in acre or two acre lots where there is still some green I may feel okay I am opposed to apartments of any kind , please reconsider this zoning and leave the wildlife alone . We don’t need cookie cutter houses on top of one another . Why does the general public never know about the sale of these huge lots that they purchase ?
Jarrod
37918
11-SA-22-C
Jarrod (37918), November 8, 2022 at 9:07 PM
I understand you are faced with difficult decisions all the time as a planning commission member. These are challenging times for Knoxville. However, this case obviously is NOT a difficult decision. Why?
1. If a subdivision was built to be a closed cult-a-sac, why would you create serious safety issues, negative environmental impacts, and harm the citizens who live in that subdivision.
2. Your planning staff has recommended you DENY this request. Why would you go against your planning staff?
3. Most importantly, our lawyer will demonstrate that this very request raises legal issues. He will point out clear legal reasons why this request should be denied. I truly hope the planning commission considers the legality in this case.
As you can see, this is not a hard decision. Law, logic, and leadership brings one to a clear answer-DENY this request.
Sarah
37918
11-SA-22-C
Sarah (37918), November 9, 2022 at 2:53 PM
I am grateful to see that it has already been advised against moving forward with this development plan as is. I am not opposed to development nearby, but using Beeler Farms Ln as a road into the proposed development would not only be unsafe to many of our neighbors, but clearly the parties involved would have no legal ability to proceed with such modifications. Thank you for your time and consideration and for hearing our petitions to deny this proposal.
Applicant
11-SA-22-C
Applicant Correspondence
Submitted during the meeting
Submitted at the meeting
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Tim
18
12-K-22-RZ
Tim (18), November 21, 2022 at 6:21 PM
Mr. Hillman,
What is the difference between RN-1 and RN-2 ?

About 20 years ago, a contractor was denied a building permit on this property, as I recall, because the property was too steep and the soil was too unstable. What has changed?

The north boundary of my property and the south boundary of 2990 Rifle Range Road are the same line.

Thanks! Tim
Christian
37920
12-A-22-SC
Christian (37920), November 24, 2022 at 3:11 PM
I am in favor of the proposed change as it will enhance the adjacent properties and thus improve the neighborhood.
Courtney
37932
12-B-22-UR
Courtney (37932), November 26, 2022 at 1:48 PM
Rezoning the US Cellular soccer complex deprives the surrounding area's residents of an accessible park. The traffic report submitted mentions that the nearest greenway is the Parkside greenway, which is south of I-40. The residents that live north of I-40 would need to walk an additional 1.5 miles to get to the Parkside greenway next to a major road with fast-moving cars. In addition, the 1.5 miles takes you past trucking stops and fast food joints that always have traffic going in and out. This is not to mention you'd also need to cross over the interstate intersection, which is also an area of high risk. Overall, it is not a pleasant or safe trip by foot, which makes Parkside greenway for the residents north of I-40 less accessible than the US Cellular soccer complex. Additionally, the traffic report does not mention that the Parkside greenway is heavily wooded, a stark contrast to the open grass of the soccer complex. The two are not comparable. I've seen the soccer complex used by children's soccer leagues for practice. If this rezoning is approved, those kids will no longer have a place for practice or have games. Children's sports are important to developing confidence, teamwork, and a healthy relationship to exercise in our community's youth. By rezoning the US Cellular soccer complex, you would remove that opportunity. Please take into consideration these points and deny the request 12-B-22-UR.
Shauna
37931
12-L-22-RZ
Shauna (37931), November 27, 2022 at 2:57 PM
Please do not allow this zoning permit as there is not enough space to accommodate the huge addition to traffic on an already cramped road with erosion problems and potholes. The additional traffic would require circles on Jenkins Road and Chirtpit Road to prevent possible traffic delays and worse traffic accidents. You have allowed so much construction in our area that you are driving the wildlife from their homes and causing them to be hit by cars because their homes have been destroyed! I moved in my subdivision because it is away from traffic.
Glenn & Melanie
37931
12-L-22-RZ
Glenn & Melanie (37931), November 28, 2022 at 9:27 AM
Please do not approve rezoning for higher density housing of up to nine residences in the 1.9 acre property in our neighborhood. Please see attached comments.

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John
37849
11-A-22-PD
John (37849), November 28, 2022 at 12:26 PM
Please take the time to review the attached PDF with some aerial photos of the Belltown proposed area along with two of their maps. Hopefully, these will help demonstrate the negative impact this plan will have if left unaltered.

If Belltown is developed as proposed, those green spaces and mature trees will be lost forever to a sea of concrete. This development has merit; however, it is not the appropriate development for this area of Emory Road unless the plan is altered significantly.

This development should be required to maintain the same character of the existing neighborhoods with a minimum no commercial development and multi-unit housings and reducing the quantity of housing units dramatically to less than 250.

Please note the PC was considering denying the Fairview Road subdivision in northeast Knox County near Gibbs because of its size and traffic impact. Fairview proposal is for 126 homes on 96 acres. Mathematically that is 1.3 homes per acre with a lot size of .76 acre. Belltown works out to be 2.4 homes per acre on 215 acres with 525 single family homes. That is a lot size of .4 acre, 52% smaller than Fairview. Another issue was the impact of construction over 5 years, Belltown is considering 10 years of building.

Thank you

John Lomax

Resident for 35 years in Washington Heights, 37849


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Richard and Karen
37912
12-B-22-RZ
Richard and Karen (37912), November 28, 2022 at 1:31 PM
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