Staff from the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) recently completed a draft cell tower ordinance for the City of Knoxville and Knox County. The last update to the cell tower ordinance was in 2001, when people were only using cell phones for phone calls on a 2G (second generation) system.
The proposed amendments to the Knoxville-Knox County Minimum Subdivision Regulations will be back before the Planning Commission for consideration at their September 14, 2017 meeting. The proposed amendments have been modified from the previous draft document (dated August 1, 2016) with changes to the sidewalk requirements (Section 3.05), utility requirements and easements (Sections 3.10, 3.11 and related amendments to Article 2), and an addition to the Purpose statement for Article 3 General Design Standards and Required Improvements.
The proposal to expand the H-1 Historic Zoning for the 20th-century streetcar suburb is on the agenda for the Historic Zoning Commission’s August 17th meeting and is scheduled to be heard by MPC in September.
Approximately 60 people attended a Design Guidelines Workshop co-sponsored by MPC and Knox Heritage at Cansler YMCA on July 29th. A summary of questions from meeting participants and responses from MPC staff is now available.
Knox County is proposing to make improvements to Canton Hollow Road from Kingston Pike to Trent Lane. The proposed project will provide widened travel lanes, a left turn lane at Woody Drive, sidewalks, a multi-use path, and curb and gutter drainage for the length of the 1.7 mile project area. There will be a public meeting to discuss these improvements from 5-7:00 p.m. on July 18, 2017. The meeting will be held at Farragut High School Commons Area, 11237 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, 37934. Read the full notice
Residential uses are currently prohibited in most of the City’s commercial districts, but the proposed amendment identifies multi-dwelling structures as a use permitted on review. The amendment would allow dwelling units in the C-3 zoning district, either as a separate structure or as part of a mixed use development.
Smart Trips was recently awarded one of eleven 2017 Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards after a panel of 22 professionals representing conservation fields and academia judged more than 89 nominations.
Local building activity in 2016 saw a spike in residential investment that has not been reported since the start of the Great Recession. Nearly 3,100 new housing units were delivered in Knox County last year, the highest volume since 2007, just before the housing market meltdown.
The taller cell towers that dot the area are being supplemented with small antennas that serve high demand areas and provide higher connection speeds.
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.
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.