Wed
Aug 8 2018
06:26 am

Knoxville City Council will vote on a new rezoning at the intersection of Cherokee Trail and Edington Road on August 14, 2018. There appears to be strong opposition among residents in the area, who are concerned about runoff, flooding, and traffic safety among other things. Opponents of the zoning have organized a petition to be delivered to City Council members. It says:

We respectfully request that city council does not approve any more rezoning on Edington Road or Cherokee Trail. The residents of the area believe the infrastructure in this area has already been stretched to its limits. Specifically:

1. There have been 5 incidents of flooding on Edington Rd in the last month. During high traffic times, there is little room for cars to turn around. Traffic must be diverted onto narrow back roads which are not designed for through traffic.

The developments that are already built have significantly added to the flooding problem. It is obvious that the County and City Engineers who approved these developments failed to anticipate the extent of the runoff due to the replacement of woodlands with parking lots and buildings. Any future apartment complexes will only exacerbate the situation.

2. Cherokee and Edington are both windy roads with no room for foot or bike traffic and are not serviced by KAT. When people do walk or bike on these roads it is very dangerous for drivers who are trying to avoid pedestrians as we sometimes must swerve into the opposite lane around blind curves to avoid a potentially lethal encounter.

3. The east end of Cherokee Trail and Edington Road both have one lane underpasses under railroad trestles. The Cherokee Trail underpass is especially dangerous in that traffic from either direction cannot see oncoming cars.

Petition: No New Rezoning on Cherokee Trail in South Knoxville

SEE ALSO:

Cherokee Trail ridgetop removal
News flash: Cherokee Trail is hazardous

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Rachel's picture

MPC Staff Report From the

MPC Staff Report

From the Minutes of that MPC meeting: MOTION (GRAF) AND SECOND (CLANCY) WERE MADE TO APPROVE PER STAFF RECOMMENDATION. MOTION CARRIED 12-3 (EASON, THOMAS, TOCHER – NO) APPROVED.

Beth Eason, Charlie Thomas, and Janice Tocher are all Rogero appointees.

jbr's picture

Based on my one time

Based on my one time attendance at MPC meeting my thoughts are Clancy doesn’t have a proper concept of the role the MPC board should serve in the process.

Rachel's picture

Council voted this down

Council voted this down tonight 7-2.

bizgrrl's picture

Very good.

Very good.

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