Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments

MPC staff develop zoning ordinance amendments in conjunction with the City of Knoxville and Knox County departments. The consideration and ultimate adoption of an amendment includes a hearing by the Metropolitan Planning Commission and final approval by the City Council or Commission.

Knox County

Active Amendments

Agricultural Preservation (AP)

Amendments to the Knox County Zoning Ordinance to create a new Agricultural Preservation (AP) zoning district.

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Status:

MPC: This item was discussed at the regularly scheduled MPC meeting on September 14, 2017 and action was postponed until the meeting on October 12, 2017.

Neighborhood Commercial Self-Storage

Amendment to the Knox County Zoning Ordinance to the CN (Neighborhood Commercial) zone to identify self-storage facilities as a use permitted on review and establish standards for the use. The amendment was requested by a property owner who desires to construct self-service storage facilities on property currently zoned CN.

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Status:

MPC: MPC approved this item at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 13, 2017.

County Commission: Knox County Commission approved the the ordinance amendment on first reading at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 28, 2017. At that time, they requested a workshop be held to discuss the ordinance prior to its second reading.

Rural Retreats

To facilitate the legal establishment of rural retreats/event facilities in rural settings, primarily in areas with agricultural zoning, MPC Staff is proposing an amendments to the Knox County Zoning Ordinance. The amendment would establish parameters and definitions for rural retreats, as well as establishing guidelines for regulation and approval of these uses in the Agricultural and possibly other zoning districts.

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Status:

MPC: MPC approved this item at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 13, 2017.

County Commission: Knox County Commission approved the the ordinance amendment on first reading at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 28, 2017. At that time, they requested a workshop be held to discuss the ordinance prior to its second reading.

Supportive Housing

At the February 9th MPC meeting, a rezoning application (MPC file # 1-I- 17-RZ) was heard by the Commission to rezone a property located at 725 E. Ebenezer Road from T (Transition) and F (Floodway) to OB (Office, Medical and Related Services) and F (Floodway). MPC staff recommended the County Commission approve OB and F zoning. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve per staff recommendation.

On March 27, Knox County Commission reviewed the rezoning request of Joyce Webb for rezoning from T to OB and F. The Commission moved to defer the review to the July 2017 meeting and requested that MPC establish a proper zoning classification and standards for "halfway houses".

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Status:

MPC: MPC approved this item at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 13, 2017, including an amendment to which removed reference to the target population "having one or more disabilities, including mental illness." The new language defines the target population as "people experiencing substance abuse or other chronic health conditions."

County Commission: Knox County Commission approved the the ordinance amendment on first reading at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 28, 2017. At that time, they requested a workshop be held to discuss the ordinance prior to its second reading.

Wireless Communication Facilities

Amendments to the zoning ordinance for Knox County regarding standards for wireless communication facilities. The existing ordinance, Article 4, Section 92 - Standards for commercial telecommunications facilities, is proposed to be replaced with Article 4, Section 92 – Standards for Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF).

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Status:

MPC: This item was approved at the regularly scheduled MPC meeting on September 14, 2017.

County Commission: This item is scheduled to be heard at the regularly scheduled County Commission meeting on October 23, 2017.

    Recent Amendments

    Indoor/Outdoor Paintball Range Standards

    MPC will consider an amendment to the indoor and outdoor paintball ranges regulations of the Knox County Zoning Ordinance to address current paintball and airsoft business trends, specifically requesting that indoor paintball and airsoft ranges be permitted in agricultural zones as a use on review. The current standards for indoor and outdoor paintball ranges can be found in Appendix B, Article IV, Section 97 of the Knox County Code of Ordinances.

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    Status:

    MPC: MPC denied the ordinance amendment request at their meeting on April 13, 2017.

    County Commission: The applicant appealed the denial of the ordinance amendment to Knox County Commission. Commission approved the item on first reading at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 24, 2017 and on second reading is scheduled for August 28, 2017.

      Additional Amendments

      • Off-street Parking Amendments: Lot Layout, Construction, and Maintenance (Ordinance O-15-5-101 adopted by Knox County Commission 5/26/2015)

      City of Knoxville

      Active Amendments

      City Parking Ordinance

      Amendments to the Knoxville Zoning Ordinance regarding off-street parking, access, driveway and landscaping requirements in the City of Knoxville.

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      Status:

      MPC: MPC approved this item at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 10, 2017.

      City Council: This item was approved on first reading at City Council's regularly scheduled meeting on September 12, 2017. Second reading is scheduled for September 26, 2017.

      Edgewood-Park City Historic District Expansion

      At the request of the Knoxville City Council, staff from the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) conducted an inventory of properties within the Parkridge neighborhood for a proposed expansion of the existing Edgewood-Park City Historic District (H-1 Zoning Overlay).

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      MPC: On August 17, 2017 the Historic Zoning Commission voted that the proposed expansion area is historically worthy of an expanded H-1 overlay. At their regularly scheduled meeting on September 21st, they approved the design guidelines, subject to several modifications. Their recommendations will be forwarded to MPC. This item will be heard at the regularly scheduled MPC meeting on October 12th, 2017. See the proposal page for more information: knoxmpc.org/edgewood-parkcity/

      Residential use on review in C-3 Commercial Zoning District

      Review of amendment to the City of Knoxville Zoning Ordinance to identify residential as a Use-on-Review in the C-3 (General Commercial) district and establish standards for residential uses. On July 13, 2017, MPC voted to refer the ordinance back to MPC staff to consider the inclusion of the C-6 (General Commercial Park).

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      Status:

      MPC: The ordinance, which was amended to included the C-6 district, was approved by MPC at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 10, 2017.

      City Council: This item was approved on first reading at City Council's regularly scheduled meeting on September 12, 2017. Second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for September 26, 2017.

      Short Term Rentals

      The City of Knoxville has proposed regulations related to Short Term Rental units, including license requirements and restriction on the number and type units which can be operated. More information about the proposed amendment is available on the City's website.

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      Status:

      MPC: This item is scheduled to be heard at MPC's regularly scheduled meeting on October 12, 2017.

      City Council: At City Council's regularly scheduled meeting on July 18, 2017, members voted to postpone consideration of the ordinance for 90 days to their regularly scheduled meeting on October 24, 2017. That postponement was reconsidered on August 1, 2017 (R-238-2017) and placed on the agenda of Council's regularly scheduled meeting on August 29, 2017. At this meeting, the ordinance modifications suggested by Council require it to again be considered by MPC. The revised ordinance is planned to be heard by MPC in October, 2017 and returned to City Council for its regularly scheduled meeting on October 24, 2017.

      Structure Size Standards in the C-1 Neighborhood Commercial Zone

      Amendment to the City of Knoxville Zoning Ordinance regarding establishing structure size standards in the C-1 Neighborhood Commercial District.

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      Status:

      MPC: MPC voted to approve this item at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 10, 2017.

      City Council: At City Council's regularly scheduled meeting on September 12, 2017, members voted to deny the ordinance amendment.

      Wireless Communication Facilities

      Amendments to the zoning ordinance for City of Knoxville regarding standards for wireless communication facilities. The existing ordinance, Article 4, Section 20 - Commercial Telecommunications Facilities, is proposed to be replaced with Article 4, Section 20 – Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF).

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      Status:

      MPC: This item was approved at the regularly scheduled MPC meeting on September 14, 2017.

      City Council: This item is scheduled to be heard at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on October 10, 2017.

        Recent Amendments

        Bearden Area Mixed Use (Tabled at MPC)

        On February 3, 2015 Knoxville City Council approved resolution R-38-2015 requesting "… the Metropolitan Planning Commission to consider and make a recommendation to City Council with regard to potentially creating, changing or amending zoning classifications for commercial properties located in the area defined by the Bearden Village Opportunities Plan to allow residential development and office development on those sites." More information can be found on Bearden's Mixed Use Zoning page.

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        Status:

        MPC: This item was tabled at the December 8, 2016 MPC meeting. See the staff report for more information.

        City Council: City Council held a workshop on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

        Climate controlled, self-storage facilities in the O-1 District (Approved)

        Amend the City of Knoxville Zoning Ordinance to allow climate controlled, self-storage facilities to be added as a permitted use in the O-1 Office, Medical, and Related Services District.

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        Status:

        MPC: This amendment was approved at the MPC meeting on April 13, 2017.

        City Council: Knoxville City Council approved the amendment on first reading at the May 9, 2017 meeting and on second reading at the May 23rd, 2017 meeting.

          Additional Amendments

          • Alternative Financial Services (Ordinance O-116-2016 adopted by City Council 7/19/2016)
          • Auction Houses (Ordinance O-43-2017 adopted by City Council 3/28/2017)
          • Craft Bakeries (Ordinance O-7-2016 adopted by City Council, 1/5/2016)
          • Demolition Delay (Ordinance O-75-2015 adopted by City Council, 5/26/2015)
          • Directory Signage (Ordinance O-200-2015 adopted by City Council, 10/27/2015)
          • Pet Services (Ordinance O-219-2015 adopted by City Council on 11/24/2015)
          • Sign Ordinance Amendments (Ordinance O-127-2015 adopted by City Council 7/21/2015)
          • South Waterfront Form Base Code Updates (Approved) (Ordinance O-16-2017 adopted by City Council on 2/28/2017)
          • Urban Agriculture (Ordinance O-126-2015 adopted by City Council on 7/21/2015)