Planners approve residential growth

The Morristown Regional Planning Commission met Tuesday evening and approved changes to continue residential growth in Morristown.

A property near the intersection of Dalton Ford Road and US Highway 25-E was annexed into the city from the Urban Growth Boundary and the property there was zoned R3, a high density residential designation that requires a minimum 5500 square foot lot.

The property it adjoins in the city limits was also rezoned to R3. Combined the two properties are expected to be developed into a new subdivision approximately 15 acres in size.

Russ Keller, a nearby resident on Dalton Ford Road, was present at the meeting to express concern about storm water issues in the area and noted there was already a flooding issues on the lot across from the proposed development. He brought pictures that showed storm water flooding approaching his home and business.

“There’s been some major flooding there,” he said. “With the housing being built there, there’s going to be a lot more runoff.”

Josh Cole, planner for Morristown, said city storm water staff would be examining the issue.

“Any additional storm water runoff will be contained on site, but this will go through the full site plan approval process,” he said. “Hopefully, our storm water folks can look at this and alleviate some the current problems.”

A proposed eight lot subdivision named “The Breezes,” located off Howerton Road, had its preliminary and final plat approved. It is approximately 6 acres in size with lots ranging from .21 to 2.59 acres in size and is zoned R2, a medium density residential designation.

All votes to approve the evening’s motions were unanimous.