In its second and final vote, the Oak Ridge City Council on Monday approved a plan that will allow a new residential development on more than 100 acres off Edgemoor Road in east Oak Ridge.
It’s a significant change to what had originally been expected on the property in a master plan adopted in 2009. That was for a planned unit development called Centennial Village.
The new development, which required changes to the Centennial Village master plan, will be called Harbour Pointe. It could include 310 lots on 117 acres. Of the lots, 186 could be single-family and 124 could be multi-family.
The Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission unanimously approved re-zonings and a preliminary master plan for Harbour Pointe, subject to certain conditions, during a special meeting on Monday, November 5. The Oak Ridge City Council then unanimously approved them, with the Planning Commission conditions included, on Monday, November 12.
Council approved the project, which would be near Centennial Village Apartments and Centennial Golf Course, on second and final reading on Monday, December 10. The approvals included changes to zoning, the planned unit development, and land use plan at the site.
The revisions to the Centennial Village master plan are generally a reduction in commercial space and multi-family development, and an increase in single-family lots, Oak Ridge Community Development Director Wayne Blasius told City Council members in November. The multi-family units would be more attached single-family units, Blasius said; the previous plan had more apartments.
The large commercial area was proposed at the Edgemoor Road site before Main Street Oak Ridge was built in the center of the city on the former Oak Ridge Mall site. There was a lot of unmet need in Oak Ridge when the large commercial area was originally proposed at the Edgemoor Road site, Blasius said.
Kathryn Baldwin of Lose Design in Knoxville has previously said that H.E. Bittle, the applicant, owns or has contractual control of the areas identified for rezoning. Bittle hopes to meet demand for moderate-priced homes with a variety of size and building types, Baldwin said.
The changes in use and zoning apply to four areas included in the 2009 planned unit development, or PUD. That nine-year-old plan had 12 subareas, including five for multi-family residences, three for single-family homes, three for open space, and one for commercial use.
Some cleaning and grading work and other site preparations have already been done on what will become Harbour Pointe, but it has sat vacant and undeveloped for years.
Besides the golf course, the property is near Haw Ridge, the Oak Ridge waterfront, and the University of Tennessee Arboretum.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
See the City Council agenda from Monday, November 12, here.
See the Planning Commission agenda from Monday, November 5, here.
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