MPC recommends zoning changes for apartments, marina

Plans for new apartments and a marina are on track for West Knox County, but they still face a lot of resistance.

Thursday afternoon more than 100 people packed the Metropolitan Planning Commission's meeting to fight a new complex called Westland Cove.

The new high-density apartments would be in an agricultural area just off the Pellissippi Parkway at the Westland exit.

Neighbors say the problem is the apartments will hold more than 300 units, and that's twice as many as are normally allowed under the county's zoning guidelines.

But the MPC voted in favor of the developer, and recommended new zoning for the apartments.

"So they have set a precedent that it does not matter what rules you follow, what guidelines you have been following for years," said Ed Benson, neighbor of the proposed complex.

"We recognize it is a change for the area and the residents in the area, so we're conserving around 25 acres around the apartment complex and the marina," said John Huber, Westland Cove developer.

The rezoning plan still needs final approval from the Knox County Commission when it meets on December 16th.


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