Plan to relocate Proffitt Road in Gatlinburg gets OK

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 08:50 PM

The Gatlinburg Municipal and Regional Planning Commission has approved a preliminary plat for the closure and relocation of a portion of Proffitt Road right of way and resubdivision of the adjoining properties.

That's necessary to begin construction of the youth sports complex project.

A representative from the project’s design team, Vision Engineering and Development Services, brought to the commission the proposed plans to relocate Proffitt Road and create a new connection to the Parkway.

"We're working on a lot of details of this design, but obviously one of the things that needed to be worked out first was this road relocation," said Vision President James Tomiczek. "A lot of the work takes place right there."

Tomiczek said the entrance and exit from Proffitt Road will be very similar to how they are now, just shifted west.

"Proffitt Road gets relocated a little bit down the Parkway ... so you end up having a new Proffitt Road and a new entrance into the development," he said.

There will be a roundabout connecting to the drive to the sports complex, with access into both Gatlinburg-Pittman High School and the sports complex from Proffitt Road.

"The roundabout is there to help with the access (to the school and complex)," City Planner David Ball said. "It's an easier transition for people to get in and out and around."

The adjoining properties, owned by the city and the Sevier County Board of Education, will be resubdivided equally.

After the meeting, a resident who lives near the project site expressed concern that the project would encroach on her property, but both Ball and Tomiczek confirmed that the project was merely near her property, not on it.

The planning commission also approved:

n A minor subdivision of Tax Map 126G, Group E, Parcel 26.00, located at 856 Chalet Village Boulevard, RR-I Zone, requested by John Clayton.

n A proposed rezoning of Tax Map 118, Parcels 48 and 50, from C-2 (general business) commercial district to C-4 recreational commercial district, located on East Parkway, requested by staff.

A proposed rezoning on North Mountain Trail, requested by Westgate Resorts, was pulled from the agenda just before the meeting.