Over 1,200 Glade residents have signed petition regarding Peavine Rd.
By BILL PIECUCH
Special To The Vista
Movement towards designating State Route 101 (Peavine Road) as a Scenic Parkway has gained traction with over 1,200 area residents signing a petition requesting the change to John Schroer, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).
The petitions are intended to be presented to TDOT within the next 30 days.
When sent, the petition will be part of a package consisting of a letter requesting the designation and a map, photos and description of how the designation would contribute to the Tennessee Parkway system.
Specifically, the area covers State Route 101 from I-40 to near Catoosa Road in Fairfield Glade – about seven miles. The Scenic designation would complete an existing link on Highway 101 (Lantana Road).
Cathy Tipton, a Fairfield Glade resident, is heading designation efforts. Volunteers from various service organizations have maintained collection points for citizen petition collection including the Village Green Mall and the recent Glade Craft Show. The petition can be signed by residents and visitors or by use of an on-line petition.
“Those we have talked to are truly excited about the effort,” Tipton said.
Plans to expand the volunteer staff to collect petition signing are being stepped up. The group’s website at www.friendsofpeavine.org provides comprehensive background. Direct questions and answers are available using [email protected]
Asked how designation of Peavine Road as a Parkway could make a difference, Tipton replied that without enforceable ordinances on outdoor advertising in Cumberland County, an unlimited amount of signs can be erected on private property. A parkway designation would provide for TDOT’s Beautification Office to oversee compliance.
Because politicians and county commissioners would not be responsible for creating and managing complex zoning ordinances, rule-making activities would be unnecessary. Tipton said that without a Scenic designation, there is no guarantee that signs taken down during the promised expansion of Peavine would not return.
“We have an abundance of scenic, recreational and natural beauty in our area today and in the future. Clearly, the idea of a Scenic designation will enhance and maintain the beauty of our area. It is a win – win situation,” she said.
Contact: Bill Piecuch at mpq.@nstarpr.com for more information.