MPC News

The taller cell towers that dot the area are being supplemented with small antennas that serve high demand areas and provide higher connection speeds.


6/6/2017
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Local building activity in 2016 saw a spike in residential investment that has not been reported since the start of the Great Recession.


6/8/2017
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The Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association (TAPA), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC), has received a $60,000 grant from Planners4Health. The initiative aims to integrate planning and public health at the local level across the state of Tennessee.


5/24/2017
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The City’s Charter, as amended in 2002, requires that an annual report on the state of historic preservation within the City of Knoxville be reviewed by the Metropolitan Planning Commission and presented to the City Mayor. This purpose of this report is to convey the current state of historic preservation efforts and activities within the city and to report wins as well as losses. The topics covered include initiatives in historic preservation, recommendations for implementation of preservation initiatives, and Historic Zoning Commission activity.


5/23/2017
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The Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) is making changes to their public notice signs and the procedures concerning them. Currently, MPC staff post black and white signs on behalf of applicants for those applications requiring a public meeting


5/23/2017
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The first community meeting for the Recode Knoxville zoning code update is scheduled for May 18th at 6 p.m and this is an opportunity for the community to learn about the project and begin sharing their input.


5/5/2017
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Each year, MPC reaches out to local office property owners and managers with a survey asking about space availability, rents, and tenant activities. That information is supplemented with online and field research to compile an inventory of local office buildings. Staff researchers then take a look at local and national trends in construction, vacancies, and pricing to evaluate conditions of the Knoxville office market.


5/1/2017
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On April 13 at their monthly meeting, the Metropolitan Planning Commission recommended that City Council approve a climate-controlled, self-storage facility in an office, medical, and related services (O-1) zoning district.


4/18/2017
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Did you know that incomes in Knox County rose only 2.3% from 2005 to 2015, while home prices increased 9.8% and rents climbed 15.5%? And that there is a shortage of affordable housing across several income groups?


4/5/2017
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After nearly 60 years, the City of Knoxville is updating its zoning ordinance. A lot has changed since that time, which is remembered for the Market House fire in downtown, the expansion of UT, and the annexation of Fountain City, Bearden, West Hills, Norwood, and Gresham.


4/5/2017
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We’d like to take a minute to brag on our staff! Half of the MPC team have spent a decade or more with the agency, and 2017 marks milestones for some. We want to share their stories and thank them for their service to MPC and the community.


4/4/2017
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On April 13, the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) will consider an amendment to the indoor and outdoor paintball ranges regulations of the Knox County Zoning Ordinance.The regulations were first adopted in 2000 and since then a similar sport, airsoft, has gained popularity.

 


3/28/2017
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The Sidewalk Committee is working to establish clear standards for sidewalk construction. Once the policy is completed, it will be incorporated into the Minimum Subdivision Regulations Update.


3/13/2017
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