Development to bring 75-100 homes

By Thomas Wilson
star staff
twilson@starhq.com

  The first portion of a multi-phase residential development creates an entirely new subdivision of 75 to 100 new residences near a familiar Elizabethton neighborhood.
  The first phase of Heritage Subdivision developed by Richard Tetrick creates 16 lots for residential development near the Golf Course Acres subdivision. Preliminary plat approval for the development's initial phase comes before the Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission tonight.
  Phase one entrance will be made at the access point of Woodland Drive in Golf Course Acres. Additional phases of the subdivision's development adds dozens of additional lot sites near the lower end of Gap Creek Road. The subdivision plat submitted to the city's Department of Planning and Development indicates the residential development will be built around the future expansion of Gap Creek Road by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
  The proposed widening and rerouting of Gap Creek Road would take the two-lane through the property north of the first phase development, according to the subdivision plat. The expanded Gap Creek Road would become a secondary entrance access point for the subdivision's residents.
  City Director of Planning David Ornduff said the subdivision development would develop over time in several pieces.
   "It also helps get some operating capital to use if they sell all the lots," Ornduff said.
  How the proposed route of the Gap Creek Road project ultimately affects the subdivision's development remains to be seen. Public hearings could begin as early as next spring.
  State transportation officials have confirmed a prehistoric Native American site may be located on private property within the Gap Creek Road project's proposed corridor. TDOT expects to initiate litigation to access the property. The legal issues and evaluation of whether a Native American site is present within the corridor could delay required public hearings about the project's route.
  The Heritage Subdivision is one of the largest residential subdivision development brought to city planners in several years.
  Final site plan approval for expansion of the Carter County Jail also comes before the commission tonight. The site plan calls for construction of a "temporary" 96-bed facility on East Elk Avenue adjacent to the Carter County Courthouse Annex. Grading work on the site began two weeks ago shortly after the County Commission approved the county's 2005 fiscal year budget funding the expansion project.
  In other business, the commission will consider final site plan approval from the Trigg Enterprises limited liability company for construction of a Bojangles Restaurant on West Elk Avenue. The restaurant will be constructed near the newly opened Captain D's restaurant.