The Friends of Wears Valley (FOWV), a community organization of residents concerned about overdevelopment in Sevier County, will be meeting tonight to discuss progress on their on-going efforts to promote their cause.
The group has proposed, in general and specific terms, plans for mitigating the impact of large developments, particularly those proposed for the more visible areas of the county—mountaintop and hillsides.
County Mayor Larry Waters has confirmed attendance at tonight’s meeting, according to FOWV representative John Meyers.
Meyers requested Waters’ input in a formal letter, asking if the county would be interested in supporting some sort of regulations for these developments.
In another measure, Peter Bush, who was instrumental in drawing up a resolution outlining FOWV’s wishes, has combined forces with the Sevier County Home Builders Association and the Great Smoky Mountain Association of Realtors to establish a Mountain and Hillside Task Force. The task force met Wednesday “to craft another resolution or some sort of guidelines that can be brought before the citizens of Sevier County,” said Meyers.
“They are coordinating efforts to look at the environmental and economic impact of hillside development in Sevier County,” said Meyers who has asked county officials to work with the task force in this process.
Also, meeting attendees will be hearing from a couple of folks who will be making presentations regarding available growth plan resources.
FOWV representatives will also highlight certain progress that has come of their efforts including the establishment of the task force, as well as meetings held with the Pigeon Forge and Sevier County planning officials.
The FOWV group will be meeting tonight at the Wears Valley Volunteer Fire Department, at 3339 Mattox Cemetery Road. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.