October 6, 2022
Planning Commission meeting

Public Comments

36 Comments
Anne
37909
7-H-22-SP
Anne (37909), June 30, 2022 at 3:21 PM
I would like to know more about this change of zoning for this property that directly joins our neighborhood off Wesley Road.

When Tennova bought the property several years ago, we heard that there would be medical facilities built there. We did not hear about any multi-housing units being built there at all! Please clarify this for us!

Is it possible to have more time to evaluate what is being proposed so that our neighbors are better informed?

Thanks for your consideration. Please let us know if this is possible. Thank you
Logan
37909
7-P-22-RZ
Logan (37909), July 7, 2022 at 3:28 PM
Based on the Hillside Protection chart it would seem that any development on this site would be very limited. Please advise on the results of the slope analysis and the percentage of slope of the land in question.

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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20220707152829.pdf
Alicia
37909
7-C-22-PA
Alicia (37909), July 10, 2022 at 9:19 PM
As an owner of a home property that borders the land being considered for rezoning, I am very concerned. I would like more transparency about what the rezoning, and possible future buildings, would mean for the quality of living for our neighborhood and all of the existing homes that will be directly effected.
Susan
37909
7-P-22-RZ
Susan (37909), August 29, 2022 at 8:59 AM
This note is in regard to the proposed change in zoning for the west side of Old Weisgarber Road, south of Middlebrook Pike.  Community Health Systems was approached by Dominion Group to purchase the approximately 53 acres from the property that Tennova Hospital purchased in the 2013 time frame.  When the hospitals were proposed, my husband and I did not have a problem with the development because we thought that might be a good use of the land and we did not want to be among those that cry "not in my backyard".  Fast forward to today when development of some unused part of the property is being proposed for apartments.  We live on Ridgerock Lane and have been here since 1986 when Jefferson Place was developed.  The proposed development would sandwich us between apartments to our south and this proposed development.  It would greatly increase traffic on Old Weisgarber which would be unable to handle the increase.  Also, the ridge is very steep and a gas line traverses part of the land.  Generally speaking the density of people that could live there would change the neighborhood vibe significantly.  We understand that CHS needs to improve their financial position, but we are opposed to the change in zoning that Dominion Group has requested. 
Stephanie
37909
7-P-22-RZ
Stephanie (37909), September 1, 2022 at 9:59 PM
Our comments are included in the attached PDF.
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20220901215945.pdf
Maggie
37909
7-C-22-PA
Maggie (37909), September 15, 2022 at 4:48 PM
I'm writing in regard to a proposed rezoning of property on Old Weisgarber Rd. This property is currently zoned agricultural and the request is for a change to RN-5 which would allow up to 25 units per acre and there are 26 acres under consideration. This property backs up to our neighborhood-we live on Ridgerock Lane, a beautiful, quiet, dead end street off Old Weisgarber (our only egress). Old Weisgarber is a VERY narrow road. The additional traffic created by that many apartments would be devastating to our area. We are already bounded by apartment complexes to the south-the schools in our zone are at or near capacity, and the ridge top grading that would be necessary(in addition to the flood plain from 4th Creek), would have detrimental effects on the Papermill/Northshore area as well.

Recognizing that retaining the agricultural zoning might be unrealistic, we wanted to let you know that we are strongly opposed to any other rezoning other than the RN-1 designation in keeping with the rest of the West Hills neighborhood. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Sincerely, John and Maggie MacDoanld
John
37909
7-C-22-PA
John (37909), September 16, 2022 at 3:52 PM
Please see the attached letter opposing this project.
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https://agenda.knoxplanning.org/attachments/20220916155236.pdf
Chris
37932
10-A-22-UR
Chris (37932), September 11, 2022 at 9:54 PM
This is a residential area with many homes and adjacent active agricultural/horse farm and lake. Runoff into lake will be an issue for Knox Co., TDEC and TVA. We Object to re-zoning for commercial operation of a paint ball/airsoft range. Williams Bend Rd cannot handle traffic for residents and Melton Hill Park.
Susan
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Susan (37918), September 19, 2022 at 9:52 AM
I am concerned about traffic on Shannondale should too many houses be put in.
John
37920
10-SA-22-C
John (37920), September 19, 2022 at 3:05 PM
I was notified of 10-A-22-DP and 10-A-22-DP, change proposals to be made behind my housing area and adjacent to my property in the Denwood Subdivision. It looks like the primary access for the area is Gondola Dr.

1. I feel this will adversely raise traffic with vehicles and large construction equipment, breaking down the current roadways and cause additional traffic danger to our subdivision’s children who frequently ride their bicycles in the area. This is a quiet neighborhood and Gondola is now a dead end.

2. Another issue I have is drainage onto my property from construction and water runoff. At this time, prior to construction/earth grading, there is a problem with water drainage and flooding occurs when we have a strong rain. A plan needs to be in place to handle additional run off from the steep slopes and sink holes on the property proposed for development.

3. Once construction starts much of the current wildlife will be displaced and some will create traffic hazards and possible vehicle accidents on Gov. John Sevier Hwy, Sevierville Pike and Chapman Hwy – already very busy roads.
Beth
37830
10-A-22-OB
Beth (37830), September 20, 2022 at 4:33 AM
What are the amendments being proposed to Subdivision Regulations? The amendments being requested should be made public prior to meeting so constituents know how amendments will impact them and whether or not they should attend to support or rebuke the proposed changes.
Michael
37917
10-P-22-RZ
Michael (37917), September 22, 2022 at 12:49 PM
Please do not let this developer build any homes on this property. Any additional housing in this area will only add to the already bad traffics because of other development that has been built.
Sara
37924
10-P-22-RZ
Sara (37924), September 22, 2022 at 1:01 PM
I grew up a block away from this farm and it is no place for a subdivision. Shannondale road already comes out on a blind hill on tazwell pike. Adding more traffic to this area will cause more accidents and congestion to an already high trafficked road. Shannondale is overcrowded as is and the community is full. Adding more housing units will ruin the unique area that is Shannondale and will take away a loved piece of land from the community.
Erica
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Erica (37918), September 22, 2022 at 1:16 PM
Please consider less homes on this property. It’s a shame this road and area has become so inundated with properties and cookie cutter houses in subdivisions. The area being over built puts a strain on the community. The traffic alone will really have to be thought through here and how the intersection will be dealt with. On busy times through the year, School traffic already spills over to Tazewell pike from Shannondale road. Rezoning the area will have to be done as it effects the school. I’m really sad to see this horse farm sold to yet another developer.
Tami
37912
10-P-22-RZ
Tami (37912), September 22, 2022 at 2:38 PM
I have had a grandchild at Shannondale Elementary School since 2018 and that will continue until 2031. This wonderful neighborhood school is already over-burdened. As I understand it, Wilson Construction plans to build a large number of homes on this property. Neither the school or the roads can accommodate the increase in students and vehicles. Please do not approve this plan for rezoning and development. It is not in the best interest of the community. Thank you.
Tami
37912
10-N-22-RZ
Tami (37912), September 22, 2022 at 2:51 PM
My home is located directly north of and adjoins this property. I am very concerned about the water runoff. Since the small strip center was built, water runs unchecked across the property on review, directly into my back yard. It drains all across my property to the storm drains in the road at Barberry Dr. I am concerned that additional building, without corrections for storm water, will ruin my property.
Blakeley
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Blakeley (37918), September 22, 2022 at 3:37 PM
I believe the plan to put a subdivision on this property is going to harm this area. 4 houses to 1 acre? That’s an insane amount of houses for this property. Traffic is already horrible and Tazewell Pike is overbuilt as it is. We do not need another subdivision in this neighborhood. Please reconsider this decision and if a subdivision is going to absolutely be put in this property, please consider putting in 1 house per acre to minimize the issue.
Whitney
37924
10-P-22-RZ
Whitney (37924), September 22, 2022 at 3:56 PM
Traffic is already bad enough, we don’t need nor do we want another subdivision to be built in this area!
Mady
37924
10-P-22-RZ
Mady (37924), September 22, 2022 at 4:52 PM
I want to submit a comment on behalf of myself, a parent of a Shannondale student and a member of the fountain city community. Tazewell pike is a major road connecting us to schools, businesses and homes around the fountain city and halls area and already has signs of heavy traffic being an issue. The road can’t handle even something as simple as a left turn. It can back up traffic pretty quickly. The car rider line to get into Shannondale is already an issue and safety hazard if you ask me. The line can back all the way down tazewell in front of this property in mentioned. If this land were turned into a development of the size proposed I believe it was be detrimental to that safety alone much less surrounding homes and businesses. This development does not need to happen to the scale at which it is mentioned.
Kelly
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Kelly (37918), September 22, 2022 at 5:12 PM
Current traffic on Tazewell is already overwhelming. With a development this large it is only to be more backed up and cause the small elementary school to be over populated during a period with a shortage of teachers. Please reconsider size or keep this beautiful home and land as is.
Stacy
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Stacy (37918), September 22, 2022 at 6:37 PM
This will contribute to the traffic problems that we have on Tazewell Pk already, especially in the mornings. This will also destroy the beauty of the area that has these big beautiful historic homes and nice established neighborhoods. By putting 4 homes on an acre, they will be right on top of each other which means they will all look fairly similar but different colors. What is beautiful about that! We don’t want this in our area!!!
Michael
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Michael (37918), September 22, 2022 at 9:11 PM
I do not support the development of this site. I have read that there would be approx 4-5 homes on every acre. This would add to the already over congested traffic for this area and would make it difficult/dangerous for students/families turning ti get to shannondale Ele. Please do not allow this development.
Allison
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Allison (37918), September 22, 2022 at 9:29 PM
We are opposed to the proposal of rezoning this property to Planned Residential allowing up to four houses per acre. Forty dwellings is entirely too dense for that area, which is already heavily congested and at the corner of a dangerous intersection. As I have stated in response to prior attempts to rezone this property, we aren’t opposed to development, but would ask that it be limited to no more than 6 homes on the entire property.
10-P-22-RZ
Kim (37918), September 22, 2022 at 9:41 PM
This area is over built and the schools are overcrowded already. Shannondale Road and Tazewell Pike is unsafe as school traffic backs out onto Tazewell Pike daily. It’s unimaginable that another 40 homes with four people living in each residence can come and go at this stressed intersection without additional safety hazards. Tazewell Pike cannot accommodate another subdivision dumping more traffic onto this double lane highway that already carries all north and south traffic for the entire corridor to Gibbs, Halls, Blaine, Corryton and beyond, even to Luttrell, TN. Please be wise and considerate of the many Knox County residents and surrounding communities affected by this additional strain on our infrastructure. I’m sure there’s plenty of documentation supporting my stance. Thank you for you leadership.

Respectfully, Kim Litton
Susan
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Susan (37918), September 23, 2022 at 8:24 AM
This development will cause further harm to our area. 40 homes is ridiculous on this small piece of property. I assume it will be apartments. The 2 new developments being built on Murphy Road plus the massive development on or near McCambell road are going to congest our roads and schools to the point they will have to rezone the schools and 4 lane Tazewell Pike. Tazewell Pike is already a parking lot during the rush hour commute. Please vote no on this development.
Mikaela
37924
10-P-22-RZ
Mikaela (37924), September 23, 2022 at 9:08 AM
Please vote NO on the development of this property. Like everyone has already stated this is already a highly trafficked area, more poorly built homes built on top of eachother will only make matters worse. The roads cannot handle this, the schools cannot handle this. There is already too much new development in this area. Think of how this will negatively effect the community instead of being greedy and only thinking of the money. Please listen to the people who live here and have to commute this on a daily basis. This is a horrible idea. PLEASE VOTE NO
Woody
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Woody (37918), September 23, 2022 at 10:39 AM
Well, here we go again. I understand no notice of hearing on the proposal to use this land for 40 houses has been announced. It seems the Commisions want to favor the developers in jamming in as much developement as possible with a minimum of accountability. The current neighbors need to be given an opportunity to review these plans, learn appropriate guidelines for growth, and have a say-so about plans that adversely affect our community. It is no secret that developers are having their way in communities up and down Tazewell Pike from Luttrell to Jacksboro Pike. Folks that live here are also aware of their pastoral neighborhood being gutted for development. I say issue the public notification and let both sides present their case.
Sherissa
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Sherissa (37918), September 23, 2022 at 12:31 PM
I am one of many with a growing concern about over populating an already busy, somewhat dangerous road/area. Speed and accidents have already been a growing trend and concern there (installed digital speed sign). Not to mention the fact that such a small school and staffing issues can't support the weight of more zoning issues.
Kristen
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Kristen (37918), September 23, 2022 at 1:44 PM
I oppose any type of subdivision being put on this property.
Scott
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Scott (37918), September 23, 2022 at 4:22 PM
I oppose the planned development for the number of homes planned per acre. The traffic situation at the Shannondale / Tazewell Pike is already extremely dangerous and adding that many potential additional vehicles is irresponsible.

There are other planned developments on the Tazewell Pike corridor, but they have additional thoroughfares for traffic through Murphy / Millertown and I have voiced no objection to those developments.
Phil
Ve 37
10-P-22-RZ
Phil (Ve 37), September 24, 2022 at 7:39 AM
The planned development is just another step of creating congestion on Tazewell Pk. The intersection of Tazewell P and Shannondale Rd is unsafe now and will only get worse. We have asked for a traffic light for two decades only to be told it is to expensive and point fingers at the state.just recently Shannondale Elementary was designated as a failing school so the planned development will add children to a failing school. Just once use some common sense and deny this request. Over the years when bad decisions are made you are not help accountable for the death and mayhem. Don’t hide behind a desk and paperwork, help our community for a change. Please deny this request
Harrison
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Harrison (37918), September 24, 2022 at 12:56 PM
I oppose the development attempting to be permitted. Nobody has changed their opinion from a year ago when they tried to rezone. The Public does not want this. Especially, the immediate neighborhood. That property is unique and should not be turned into a cheap stick built development.
Erin
37918
10-P-22-RZ
Erin (37918), September 24, 2022 at 8:39 PM
I do not think Tazewell Pike, and especially the intersection at Tazewell Pike and Jacksboro Pike, can handle much more traffic, especially if this property is densely developed. Traffic, traffic, traffic. Accidents will happen. You have to consider the traffic ramifications.
Nick
37914
10-P-22-RZ
Nick (37914), September 24, 2022 at 11:40 PM
On a major two lane feeder road, right at the top of a blind hill, with heavy public school traffic, this is an absolute NO. Traffic is absolutely awful and is only getting worse due to Corryton and surounding areas growing. Im sure wilson construction will be lining the pockets of our politicians to get this approved.
Donna
37721
10-P-22-RZ
Donna (37721), September 26, 2022 at 7:30 AM
Shameful, this is. Tazewell Pike can't handle much more traffic. Renovate some of these dilapidated houses in Knoxville and leave our grasslands and fields alone. It is disgraceful the greed that surrounds us.
Caroline
8
10-P-22-RZ
Caroline (8), September 26, 2022 at 9:18 AM
I live in Joshua’s Landing and I am opposed to the reasoning of the above property at from RA (low density) to PR (planned residential). Due to the large volume of traffic and the high rate of speed cars travel , Tazewell Pike has become very dangerous. Speed limits are not enforced. Because of all the recent housing developments in the area, the situation has become worse. Also, Shannondale Elementary is at capacity and in no way can handle the influx of students that will be coming from the large housing development presently under construction on Murphy Road. The line of cars for parent pick ups extends all the way to Tazewell Pike. As a retired teacher, I hope you will take my word when I tell you overcrowded schools can certainly be set up for failure. Therefore, I respectfully ask that you vote no to rezoning. Help us not to make this situation worse.