A letter from the property owners to the
Metropolitan Planning Commission
July 24, 2018
On behalf of my family who owns the planned Post Oak Bend neighborhood property, I wanted to update you on a few matters prior to MPC considering our project on August 9. We have owned this property for 75 years, and for 25 years it has been properly zoned PR (1-3 units/acre). Since we’ve long recognized this beautiful waterfront property could become one of Knox County’s great neighborhoods, we engaged a highly respected land planner (Greg Gamble), developer (Safe Harbor) and builder (Goodall Homes) to help us realize that vision.
Prior to filing the Concept/Use on Review application: Item #15 8-SA-18-C
- On June 21, 2018, we held a community meeting at Northshore Elementary School to inform neighbors of our plans for the property and answer questions. We mailed 272 invitations and there were approximately 50 attendees.
- At the meeting the entire development and land planning team presented our plans in detail, then had an hour of Q&A. We also invited attendees to contact us that wished to further discuss or have input on our plans. To date nobody has contacted us.
- We engaged Knox County’s traffic consultant CDM Smith to analyze the project and address the concerns of neighbors regarding the project’s impact on traffic on Tooles Bend Road and Tedford Lane. CDM Smith has determined that the project will increase traffic on both roads, but the increase is well within the roads’ capacity. Still, we have committed to making improvements.
We are committed to working with Knox County Engineering & Public Works to construct improvements at the intersection of Northshore Drive and Tooles Bend Road, as well as Tooles Bend Road itself, as per the recommendations of CDM Smith.
Some neighbors have claimed apartments are planned. All the housing units are free standing units and/or owner occupied condominium units, and no apartments are planned.
Regarding possible impact upon schools, much of the density is age targeted products for the 55 & older segment, with floorplans and marketing platforms that appeal to this demographic vs. young families. Only 0.76 dwelling units per acre are single-family, non-age targeted.
In closing, Post Oak Bend will also be an inherently inclusive community because it enables more affordable lake access. Such access is increasingly only available to only the highest priced bracket of the market in Knox County. This factor, along with the 80 acres of common area containing 4 miles of sidewalks and trails, and 11.75 acres of parks and amenities, will make Post Oak Bend a truly unique and special neighborhood in our community.
On behalf of my family, we sincerely appreciate your thoughtful consideration of our project.
Keith L. Bailey
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