Friday, December 16, marked the 10th annual Tour de Lights bike parade. More than 1,000 people, decked out in creative holiday attire for themselves and their bikes, joined in the ride. The annual event, now one of Knoxville’s favorite holiday traditions, is presented by the City of Knoxville and I Bike KNX. People of all ages formed a fun, free bike parade that rolled from Market Square, through downtown and the 4th & Gill and Old North Knoxville neighborhoods. The ride has grown from just over a hundred people in the first year to more than 1,000 each year since 2015.
The Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) has been working on the proposed Mixed Use District zoning since 2015, and has compiled a comprehensive ordinance based on that work. The development of the ordinance was based on extensive public input. The proposed zoning revisions would allow residential uses in commercial areas and require development to be more pedestrian friendly.
This year, we celebrate MPC’s 60th year of service to the community.
Formed in 1956 by combining the Knoxville Planning Commission and Knox County Planning Commission, MPC is responsible for comprehensive county-wide planning and administration of zoning and land subdivision regulations.
Susan Taylor waved goodbye for the last time as she closed the door on 16 years at MPC to enjoy her well-earned retirement. Susan moved to East Tennessee from New York and started at MPC as an Administrative Assistant in Human Resources. Like the office and those around her, her position changed a few times over the years, and she ended her time here as the Finance Assistant.
Gerald Green, director of the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC), will speak on land use planning and regulation at a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike.
Green will speak for 30 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of Q&A. The meeting is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County.
The Knox County Commission and Knoxville City Council have adopted the Southwest County Sector Plan. The Southwest County Sector has been one of the fastest growing areas of Knox County for the last few decades. The last plan was adopted in 2005, and since then the area has seen significant growth and change.
TPO staff was proud to serve on the team that created this video for the National Association of Counties (NACo) highlight in importance of walkability for our fiscal and physical health
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The Summary Report for the City's Historic Resource Inventory Update will be Presented at the October Historic Zoning Commission Meeting.
When: 8:30 am - October 20, 2016
Where: Historic Zoning Commission Meeting in the Small Assembly Room in the City County Building
The original historic inventory was completed in 1986, but only buildings that were constructed in 1935 or prior were surveyed. The update focuses on buildings constructed between 1935 and 1966.
Ben Epperson joined MPC on August 1 as the Healthy Communities Project Manager. Working jointly with MPC and Great Schools Partnership, this brand new position focuses on placemaking in coordination with the twelve established Community Schools in Knox County. He spends much of his time in the field supporting the site resource coordinators and partners at each school, promoting healthy communities with schools at their center.
Elizabeth Watkins joined the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission at the end of June. She and her husband moved to Knoxville from Washington, D.C. where they moved after graduate school. She worked for more than a year as a Regional Planner for the National Park Service. Before that, Elizabeth spent time with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, focusing on brownfield redevelopment and pesticide regulation.
The Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission is inviting the public to participate in a survey to assess the effectiveness of the current sector planning process. The survey should take 5 minutes to complete and is expected to remain open through the end of December. Results from the survey will be posted on the MPC website in January.
The Southwest County Sector Plan was last updated in 2005 and is now undergoing an update.The MPC has twelve planning areas, or sectors, within Knox County. Staff members prepare plans for each sector to guide the growth of the area through land use, transportation, and community facility recommendations.
A recent UT study shows Knox area farmers can successfully compete with national producers of fruits and vegetables. Economists Chuck Grigsby and Chad Hellwinckel found that within a 25-mile radius around Knoxville, local farmers are at least as efficient or more efficient in transporting their goods to market than national producers, such as those in California, Florida and Texas.
At a time when obesity is a national health concern and it’s difficult to find time for regular exercise, the immediate popularity of a game that can get people off the couch and out moving is a welcome surprise. The release of Pokémon Go earlier this month has had sweeping popularity, getting adults and children alike walking around their cities.
Ally Ketron joined MPC as Outreach and Communications Specialist in May, splitting her time between the Smart Trips program and communications for the agency. She spent the last six years working for locally based non-profits, InterFaith Health Clinic and Casa de Sara, where she focused on community outreach, relationship building, and fundraising.
MPC staff are studying a portion of the historic East Knoxville for inclusion in the Park City H-1 District in response to a request by the neighborhood and Knoxville City Council.
The June meeting of the Metropolitan Planning Commission marks the start of our new Planning Commissioners’ four-year terms. Gayle Bustin, Patrick Phillips, and Charles Thomas were appointed by Mayor Madeline Rogero and have volunteered to serve the agency and community to replace outgoing commissioners.
May was National Bike Month, and Knoxville’s participation showed how eager the community is to continue growing its bike culture.There were activities throughout the month with various events, rides, and classes that celebrated all kinds of people who ride bicycles. Several local businesses also contributed to the momentum by offering a discount to anyone displaying their I Bike KNX helmet sticker throughout the month.
The Knoxville-Knox Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) office has received a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission to update the City’s Historic Resource Inventory. The original historic inventory was completed in 1986, but only buildings that were constructed in 1935 or prior were surveyed. The update will focus on buildings constructed between 1935 and 1966
MPC would like to thank our outgoing Commissioners, former Vice Mayor Jack Sharp, Bart Carey, and Michael Kane, for their service to the agency and the entire community.
Central Street was packed with happy, active bodies as the space transformed into a pop-up park for the second semi-annual Open Streets Knoxville event. Hosted by Bike Walk Knoxville, with support from the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the City of Knoxville, Open Streets Knoxville provides space for people to walk, bike, stroll, skate and dance without the congestion of vehicle traffic.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will host a Design Public Meeting on Thursday April 21, 2016 to gather public input on the Knox County SR-71 widening project from south of Simpson Road to Hendron Chapel Road.
The meeting will be held from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.
MPC planners are working with three Knox County communities to chart a course for future land use and transportation decisions in their areas.