BY KEN LITTLE
The Tusculum Planning Commission on Tuesday night approved an ordinance rezoning three properties with frontage along East Andrew Johnson Highway for possible future commercial development.
The board approved rezoning the two lots on East Andrew Johnson Highway and a portion of an adjacent property at 52 Emmert St. from R-01 (low density residential) to B-1 (neighborhood business).
No one spoke at a public hearing held before the vote.
The request to rezone the East Andrew Johnson Highway property and the Emmert Street property came from property-owners Earl Doyle, Mary Borden Neas and William and John Neas.
The property-owners are in favor of the proposal, city Planner Rebecca Ketchie said.
City officials have spoken in the past about the need to encourage commercial development along the U.S. 11E corridor in Tusculum.
AT OWNERS' REQUEST
"All the owners have requested that the city go ahead and rezone for business," Ketchie said.
The rezoning should help "streamline their process," Ketchie added after the meeting.
Most of the land on the three parcels remains undeveloped.
The planning board approved subdividing the 1.4-acre Emmert Street property at its July meeting, but paperwork is still needed to formally approve rezoning one of the subdivided plats.
The other two properties total about 18.2 acres.
Commissioners approved a local planning work program for fiscal year 2013-2014.
The program will enable planning staff and the planning commission to address identified needs and further the city's overall planning program.
Areas addressed in the plan include comprehensive long-range planning, strategic planning, land use controls, the National Flood Insurance Program, community development services, the Geographic Information System as it relates to Tusculum, and continuing training and education for commission members.
The next scheduled meeting of the Tusculum Planning Commission will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at City Hall.