Planners seek approval from city

Pigeon Forge Rod Run new name of event
Feb. 26, 2013 @ 12:23 AM

Say hello to the Pigeon Forge Rod Run. That’s the new name of the Grand Rod Run, the car event that has been held for many years at the former Grand Resort Hotel.

Today, event promoter Rod Milligan will ask the planning commission’s to approve the event, scheduled for April 17-21. The planning commission meets at 3 p.m. at City Hall.

The event will take place at the hotel, which is under new ownership. The hotel’s former owner, Ken Seaton, holds the right to the Grand Rod Run moniker, Milligan said.

“We do not want any kind of trouble with the previous owner,” Milligan said. “We respect that he’s the one who trademarked it.”

The rod run will take place on the hotel’s grounds only. The hotel will be closed during the event.

Milligan also will request the commission’s approval of a Sept. 11-15 Pigeon Forge Rod Run at the same site. “We’re planning for things to be as they were,” Milligan said.

For participating vendors, the Pigeon Forge Rod Run is among the top five such events east of the Mississippi River, Milligan said. “I’m told we’re one of the largest special events in terms of the economic impact on Pigeon Forge,” he added.

Separately, Milligan will request approval of the Shades of the Past Rod Run, scheduled for Sept. 4-8 at Dollywood’s Splash Country.

In other business, the planning commission will consider:

- Smoky Mountain Fun Fest Parade, Parkway, May 11

- Smoky Mountain Marine Corps League fundraiser, Red Roof Mall parking lot, April 18-22

- St. Jude Walk-a-thon / Rootin’ for Regen, Patriot Park, March 15

- Running for Regen 5K, Riverstone Resort/Old Mill area, April 13

- Titanic Authors Week book signing, April 1-7

- Subdivision of Capri property, 4061 Parkway

- Subdivision of Cove Creek subdivision, Cove Creek Way off Wears Valley Road

- Preliminary Bear Cove Falls planned-unit-development plan, McMakin Way off Dollywood Lane

- Revised site plan for Smoky Mountain Speedway, 3311 Parkway

- Revised site plan for Waldens Landing - Heritage Carriage

- Revised site plan for Gateway Christian Church

- Rezoning of a parcel at 1724 Wears Valley Road from R-1, rural residential, to C-1, rural commercial

- Proposed amendment to the C-5 district regarding setbacks and signage

The board of zoning appeals, which meets after the planning commission with the same members, will consider:

- A zoning variance related to an aluminum carport, 307 Day Springs Road

- Off-street parking on a lot at 3311 Parkway

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