THE HUNTER REPORT
LOUDON PLANNING APPROVES BOJANGLES
BY: PAT HUNTER
LOUDON BOJANGLES COMING SOON
At Wednesday's March 5th Loudon City Regional Planning Commission meeting, planning officials unanimously approved a 1.24 acre site plan request for a Bojangles Restaurant (Cedar Groves Subdivision) at 12300 State Road Highway 72 North in Loudon.
According to planner Russ Newman, there will not be a direct access road from Hwy. 72 to the new restaurant. The access road will be on Cedar Park Drive.
Other information of interest discussed:
The 3,808 sq. ft. Bojangles will be located next to Weigels.
The project is scheduled to start in May and be completed within approximately three months.
The site is very limited because of constraints gas line (Colonial Pipeline) easement and underground service line.
Joy and Greyling Littleton were asked about the number of people they planned to employ. Ms. Littleton replied that they were selling the property. The owners of the Bojangles franchise were not disclosed.
Bojangles is in a growth period in the southeast and Tennessee.
Fifteen employees are typically hired for a Bojangles of this size.
Planner Newman is supposed to check if Cedar Park Drive was accepted by the City.
Planner Newman recommended approval of the Bojangles site plan subject to the approval of the parking variance from the BZA, which was unanimously approved by the Loudon City planning commission. Planning official Ken Brewster said that he was pleased to see a new business come to Loudon.
Loudon City Planning officials briefly discussed concerns about night lighting illumination and reflected light (glare pollution). Planning officials shared concerns about additional lighting and possible impact to a nearby neighbor. Mr. Tyree, Barge Waggonner engineer assured planning officials that the restaurant's lighting would not adversely affect the residential neighbor.
Currently, the Loudon City Regional Planning Commission and Loudon City do not have illumination ordinance regulations. Many cities that have adopted lighting ordinances have taken the approach that good lighting starts with the right amount of light from the right kind of fixtures that are only on when needed.
Bojangles Parking Variance Approved
A separate 20 foot variance request to reduce parking space dimensions from 200 sq. ft. (10 x 20) to 180 (10 X 18 sq. ft.). This also met unanimous approval by the Loudon City Board of Zoning Appeals. There will be 44 parking spaces, which will be 10 X 18. The same planning commission members also serve on the Loudon BZA.