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High Acres to present new subdivision plan Dec. 6 to Signal Planning Commission

High Acres, Inc. plans to present their newest idea for a Signal Mountain subdivision-called Wild Ridge at Fox Run-at the upcoming Planning Commission meeting Dec. 6.

While Jack Kruesi of High Acres, Inc. said he didn’t want to give away too many details before presenting an overview of the plan to the Planning Commission, he did say the prospective subdivision would be unique if built.

“It will be arguably the most unique subdivision in Tennessee or maybe in the southeast in terms of what it will do and what it will offer,” he said. “It’s going to be very special.”

Signal Mountain Town Manager and staff support to the Planning Commission Honna Rogers speculated that the unique qualities Kruesi attributes to the subdivision must have something to do with its environmentally-friendly components, which include how the neighborhood’s sewage would be treated.

“From the preliminary drawings I’ve seen, it looks like a very nice subdivision,” Rogers said. “It looks like they’ve put a lot of thought into it.”

The new subdivision would be near Shackleford Ridge Road and come up toward the back of the exiting Fox Run neighborhood, though Rogers says she doesn’t think the plan allows access from Fox Run into the new neighborhood.

Rogers explained that the Dec. 6 meeting will only be the first of many planning meetings concerning the Wild Ridge subdivision. The plan by High Acres, Inc. has yet to be officially submitted for approval to the Regional Planning Agency. After giving an overview to the Planning Commission on Dec. 6, High Acres, Inc. must then submit the project to the RPA by Dec. 10, who will meet with Signal Mountain town officials and organizations such as the Waste Water Treatment Authority to decide whether or not to approve the plan as is, or whether or not to implement changes to the plan.

The Signal Mountain Planning Commission will review the final plan and provide a recommendation to the Town Council in January. The Council will then take a vote, and, if approved, further action can be taken with the subdivision, according to Rogers.

If approved, Wild Ridge would make the second subdivision approved for Signal Mountain within the time span of a year. Earlier in 2012, construction began on the Boulder Point subdivision off of Shackleford Ridge Road.

“We have been very pleased with the response,” said Tracy Smith, co-owner of Blue Hammer Homes, which is building the Boulder Point subdivision.

According to Smith, seven homes are currently under construction at various phases. Four of those homes are already sold to buyers, and the other three are available to buy. The subdivision contains 27 lots in all, each sized from 1 acre to 2.5 acres.

“Some of it’s due to the housing market improving throughout the county, but builders have to be OK with not getting on the sewer system,” said Rogers of the new developments on the mountain, still under the sewer moratorium.

The Planning Commission meeting takes place Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

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