Rezoning Request for Hickory Creek Rd. Property
This past December, 32.5 acres, divided into 5 parcels, were sold to 3 individuals who have requested rezoning from R-1 (Residential) to C-2 (Commercial). The Loudon County Planning Commission met Tuesday, February 18 and voted to recommend rezoning 4 of the parcels to C-2. The owner of the parcel containing the existing home withdrew his request and has indicated his desire to rent the house and property. Three members of the Planning Commission voted against the recommendation.
Present at the meeting were Avalon residents and residents of homes on Hickory Creek Road. Concerns of those residents included the types of commercial property that could be built and increased traffic, both on Hickory Creek Road and Oak Chase Blvd. Types of businesses that could be built and operated on C-2 zoned property could include commercial businesses, warehouse and storage facilities, trucking terminals, multi-family housing, etc. The result of the Planning Commission is only a recommendation to approve the rezoning request.
The Loudon County Commission will conduct a workshop to discuss the rezoning request on April 6, 2020, 5pm at the Loudon County Courthouse Annex, 101 Mulberry Street, Loudon. The Commission will hear opinions and concerns from residents at that meeting. Avalon residents are encouraged to attend this meeting and voice any concerns. Members of the public wishing to speak at this meeting will be required to sign up prior to the start of the meeting.
The final vote by the Commission will follow the workshop. Once the properties are rezoned, any entity under the C-2 zoning may be built with no further approval required.
County Commissioners Van Shaver and Harold Duff represent Avalon’s district. Mr. Shaver has indicated he will vote against the request and believes Mr. Duff may also, if he hears from enough Avalon residents. Mr. Shaver also indicated typically Commissioners have a tendency to vote the same as commissioners who represent effected residents. If we are active and make our concerns heard we may be able to keep Hickory Creek Road from becoming a “commercial corridor” at our back door.
TODAY! Please contact Commissioners Shaver and Duff to voice your concerns and encourage them to vote against the rezoning of the Hickory Creek properties.
Commissioner Van Shaver - Email
, Telephone (865) 986-6984
Commissioner Harold Duff - Email
, Telephone (865) 988-6647
Thanks to John Orr for assisting in providing this information.