The city of Loudon Regional Planning Commission will recommend
approval of a request by several Loudon property owners to be taken out of the city
Owners of five property parcels on Matlock Bend Road — Paige Townson, Ken Berry,
Thomas Henderson and Walter York — have requested de-annexation from the city after plans fell
through to develop Tennessee National.
The parcels were sold when Tennessee National
development was under way and city services were expected in connection with the development. The
property owners said no amenities were provided by the city except garbage pickup.
hoping Tennessee National was going to make a go and we were going to do a boat dock and get sewer
hook-n, but we got no amenities except garbage," property owner Ken Berry said.
the five property owners pay $2,300 to $2,400 in annual taxes, but the city's cost to send garbage
trucks, police and mowers to the remote location probably exceeds any tax revenues.
Newman, Loudon County planner, recommended the commission approve the request. The procedure is
similar to annexation, he said, requiring an ordinance amendment.
"I think it is in the
city's best interest," Newman said. "They don't have most of the city services, and they have no
prospect for getting them at any time in the near future. That's the reason they are asking for
York, another property owner, said the property did not have fire hydrant
access as is required inside the city. The problems with the property make it impossible to
"Who wants a house in the city on a deadend road?" he said.
"I'm trying to
figure out how they ever got in the city," Commissioner Carlie McEachern said. "The money will be
saved on both ends of this today. It's not often that we can please everybody, but I think a
resolution for de-annexation is a no brainer. It’s a win-win."
Wednesday The city of Loudon Regional Planning Commission and Loudon City Council will have a
special joint meeting at noon Wednesday at the Carmichael Inn to discuss issues that have arisen in
recent months concerning site plan requirements.
Newman said the meeting was requested by
council to cover two issues.
"They want to cover the planning commission and Board of Zoning
Appeals and the separation of duties and how they overlap responsibilities," he said. "Also, they
are concerned about us requiring paving of parking lots for commercial businesses. These are the two
Commissioners are divided on their interpretation of their duties.
Newman said paved parking lots are not a requirement according to the zoning ordinance. "It
is a design consideration. It is not always cut and dried and that creates heartburn for some
council members," he said.
Commissioner Dennis Brennan said the commission deflects some
issues from council.
"It appears to me if members of the city council really value the
appointed board they will let them take care of matters," he said. "They need to be careful how much
they put back on themselves."
"We work as a deflector, but we are appointed," McEachern said.
"They are elected. They have to explain things to people."
Commissioner Ken Brewster said he
did not understand how the same body can serve as planning commission and BZA.
there is a perception that the group's powers are too broad. "If the council wants us to go a
different direction, we work for them," he said.