Post Oak Development on Tooles Bend Road
Plans for a dense, 621-unit riverfront housing development off Toole’s Bend Road have spurred neighbors to create the Northshore Corridor Association. The proposal is for stacked and connected condos to be built on the Bailey Farm, the last remaining large tract of undeveloped waterfront in West Knox County. The property features nearly four miles of Fort Loudoun Lake frontage.
The current number of homes along Tooles Bend is less than 300, and we fear such a radical increase could lead to serious problems. Our concerns include:
- Increased traffic along Tooles Bend, Tedford Lane and Northshore Drive
- Housing density that exceeds standards for the area
- Access for emergency vehicles on tight, winding roads
- Limited escape routes in case of fire or flooding
- Wastewater issues if farmland and wetlands are replaced with hard surfaces
- Unanswered questions about water and sewerage infrastructure
- Add to schools that are at or near capacity
We respect the landowners’ right to develop their property but want to see development that fits the area’s existing character and housing density.
Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we did achieve major concessions, and will continue to push for more needed improvements. The developers have agreed to:
- Make important traffic safety improvements to Tooles Bend Road and Tedford Lane
- Water and sewer line improvements
- A new wastewater treatment facility
- The protection of 21 acres along Tooles Bend from future development
- Improve the intersection of Northshore Drive and Tooles Bend Road.
The developer will be responsible for or will share in the cost of the needed improvements. In addition, the State of Tennessee has undertaken a plan for major improvements to Northshore Drive. Also, approvals are still needed by the developers from TVA and Army Corps of Engineers, which we will make sure are done properly.
We are determined to make sure the promises that were made are kept!