“No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Judge Gideon John Tucker wrote this statement in the decision of a will case. It is often attributed to Mark Twain as well.
Commission meeting canceled
The Blount County Commission meeting, along with several committee meetings, was canceled this month due to inclement weather. The focus on safety this month has been, and still is, ensuring that people have the basic needs of life: food, clothing and shelter. Hopefully you and your family are faring well through this winter weather.
No final decisions were made on public policy this month because the commission meeting was canceled. The unfinished business will be conducted at the March commission meeting.
The agenda included the formation of an ad hoc committee to study recycling. It creates three citizens seats. If you are interested in being nominated to serve on a committee to study recycling, please contact your commissioners to express your desire to serve.
Information Technology Committee
The IT Committee meet on Monday to discuss updating the video technology in the commission room. The matter was tabled because the Mayor said that there is a new employee in the Sheriff’s Department who may be able to provide insight to the matter and update the technology for substantially less money.
The only controversy this month surrounded a resolution that creates a new rural arterial commercial zone (RAC2). Several years ago, the commission severely restricted commercial development in the rural areas of the county. The county is growing, necessitating the need for commercial development. The question is how to achieve responsible development.
Here’s some basic information about the commercial development regulations in the proposed RAC2 zone:
- Development is limited to four roads: 411 North (Sevierville Road), Hwy 129 (Calderwood Highway), Hwy 72 and Hwy 321
- Building size is limited to 10,000 square feet
- Uses are limited (see page 20)
- There are no special exceptions
- External lighting must be directed away from the right-of-way and land zoned residential
- A noise mitigation barrier may be required as part of the site plan
I’ve read every letter and email sent to me on the subject. If you tried calling and couldn’t reach me please know that I had very limited phone service for several days following the ice storm.
It’s been brought to my attention that the Planning Commission makes public input difficult by not having it as an agenda on the item. I will work to correct that, making it easier for citizens to comment.
Bundle up and stay safe during this weather. If you are feeling burdened from mother nature, you can enjoy the safety she provided you by prohibiting the legislative body of Blount County from meeting in regular session.