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WEST HILLS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

West Hills is one of the premier neighborhoods in all of Knoxville, Tn.  It is conveniently located across from West Town Mall on one side and bounded by Middlebrook Pike on the other. The community association has an enviable  30 plus year record of activism in defense of the zoning and quality of life. One of our achievements was the development of the West Hills Plan of zoning that was subsequently adopted by the entire city of Knoxville  for all the neighborhoods.  President is Joe Fuhr 693-1810. As information breaks we will post it to these pages.  Check the site often. Membership is limited to those persons currently owning property and residing in the West Hills area north of Papermill Road and Kingston Pike, West of New Weisgarber Road, East of Walker Springs Road and Mars Hill Road.
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General Meeting

 

DATE    :    MONDAY MAY 21, 2007

PLACE :     West Hills Elementary School

TIME    :      7:00 PM

AGENDA

 

Presidentís comments and welcome

Treasurerís report (Erika Fuhr)

KPD Report

Explanation of New ZONE†† R1-ENResidentialEstablsihed Neihborhood

Committee reports:

Special Events (Chris Austin)

-Easter Egg Hunt Report

Beautification (Marjorie Lloyd)

Codes (Ailsa Schuller)

Gazebo Run (Eddie Reymond)

Newsletter (Lee Hume)

-committee members and tasks

Parks (Allen and Pam Douglass)

Traffic (Joe Fuhr)

(budget implication of entrance treatment)

Zoning (Joe Fuhr)

      Report submitted (budget implication)

-WHCA web site


April, 2007 Zoning

Recently, a significant decision was handed down in Circuit Court, which ruled that the right of homeowners and associations to appeal the decisions of the MPC to City Council was unconstitutional.

As a result Chancellor Fansler, who is hearing a suit against the city council because of its actions to uphold a West Hills appeal of an MPC decision, has directed counsel for the developers to amend their suit in order to ask an opinion on the constitutionality question.

At this time it appears no appeal is planned by the city of the circuit court decision. It is also probable that the city will no longer contest the Chancery court suit, which was based on our appeal of the Stockton Place approval by MPC.

The community could pursue an independent suit to seek a court ruling on the validity of the community covenant, which, at the time, prevented the development from going forward. It is estimated that such a legal action could cost $10,000.

Any deliberations to evaluate such a course of action must take into account the basis of the covenantís applicability to the Stockton plan.

Briefly, the developer was proposing 11 single family du on 5 acres. The original plan, approved by MPC was overturned on appeal to City Council. A modified plan was again MPC approved, and appealed to Council. City regulations require city road access to any development of 6 or more units. In order to gain access to his proposed site the developer purchased a house on Stockton, and proposed to reduce its lot size to provide the space for the access road. The covenant, crafted by Morgan Schubert prohibited the reduction of any lot for the purpose of granting an easement, among other things. The developer was served with notice of the intent to enforce the covenant at the time of the council meeting.

The covenant would remain operative, despite the circuit courtís ruling, if not for the actions of the developer at the time of the appeal. The developer at that time sold the house and lot on Stockton to his builder, who in turn quickly sold it to a third party. The deed, which was filed in support of the sales indicates that the lot size had been reduced, thus leaving sufficient room for the creation of the city road.

A reduction in size of any registered lot in the city of Knoxville is prohibited without at least MPC staff review, and approval. Thorough review of MPC records fail to show any such review, much less approval. Conversations with MPC staff confirm that no MPC action preceded the reduction in lot size, which accompanied the above referenced sales.

For this reason it becomes problematic whether it is reasonable for West Hills to pursue validation of the covenant unless MPC is willing to enforce its regulations concerning changes in lot size.

Conversations will be sought with the MPC director about this issue.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WEST HILLS   ELECTRONIC GROUP CHAT & NEWS      WESTHILLS2001


  We have set up an Electronics Group E-GROUP through YAHOO.COM called  WESTHILLS2001  .
The purpose of this E-groups is to provide  a forum for all of our West Hills Neighbors. The forum works as a give and take between neighbors. All correspondence stays on the system for a whole year.  You can be out of town and still see what's going on in the neighborhood. We now have the option of setting up Photo Album's  of events happening in our community.  The better we communicate the stronger a community we become.  Homeland Security begins at home !
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Guest Mode


As a guest anyone can check out the E-Mail news for the West Hills Community . One of the benefits of membership aside from being able to post messages to the group is that you will  get periodic special announcements for meetings, picnics and other events of community interest.    You will also be able to access PHOTOS of West Hills Events . Please join us by in clicking  on the [JOIN] icon .


RULES


The rules for the E-Groups are simple.  We will not allow Profanity, Sales Pitches or Inappropriate Email.  Memberships and email postings  will be moderated.  This hopefully will prevent our site from be trashed by kids with nothing better to do.


E-Groups and the Future


One of the hallmarks of West hills Community Association is that for the last 30 plus years we have been a very activist and  vocal community. For this reason we are one of the best communities in Knoxville !   We have had to fight off  land developers and other nasties from devaluing our property or impinging on our quality of life. And we did all of this without the internet.  Communication is the future.