For The Vista
After months of petitions, contacting local businesses and community leaders, writing letters, and making hundreds of phone calls, on Wednesday, September 11, Friends of Peavine officially requested the TDOT commissioner designate Peavine Road a scenic parkway.
In making this announcement, Tipton said, “It’s been a long process, and we’re grateful to all those who helped us along the way. It’s now up to the Commissioner.”
Efforts to get a parkway designation had its genesis almost a year ago when Tipton and other concerned citizens in Fairfield Glade met to find a solution to the continued clutter along Peavine Road due to unrestricted advertizing and obstructions blocking the mountain vistas and farmland along the route.
Realizing that zoning restrictions in Cumberland County had been tried before and failed, Tipton came up with the idea of a parkway designation.
A scenic parkway is a specifically designated route intended to enhance the general welfare by providing a road that promotes the enjoyment of the abundant natural, scenic and recreational resources in Tennessee. It also places restrictions on outdoor advertising.
Currently anyone can, on private property outside the state’s right-of-way, erect signs of whatever size, height, or spacing, without regard to safety or the rights of their neighbors and the community.
A Parkway designation would help ensure proper sign construction, protect open spaces, reduce hazards, protect the property values of the entire community, and safeguard the area’s natural, scenic and recreational qualities.
Formal requests for a scenic parkway designation require substantial documentation.
There must be a map showing the route location; pictures showing the route’s historical, scenic, and/or natural qualities; evidence of strong community support; and a description of how making a route a parkway would contribute to the overall Tennessee scenic parkway system. Tipton and her team amassed all the required documentation and sent it Wednesday. The request can be viewed on their website at www.friendsofpeavine.org.
“Now we wait on the Commissioner,” Tipton says. We think it will be a win-win situation for everyone.” The Commissioner’s decision could be announced before the end of the year.