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.

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 will be heard at City Council's regularly scheduled meeting on September 12, 2017. In February 2017, Knoxville City Council voted to refer this item back to MPC for additional revisions. This was Council's second referral back to MPC for reconsideration, the first coming in October, 2016.

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: The proposed H-1 expansion and the revised design guidelines will be considered by the Historic Zoning Commission at their regularly scheduled meeting on August 17, 2017. Their recommendation will be forwarded to MPC for consideration at their regularly scheduled meeting on September 14, 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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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 will be heard at City Council's regularly scheduled meeting on September 12, 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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MPC: At the regularly scheduled meeting on May 11, 2017, MPC voted to foward the ordinance to Knoxville City Council without a recommendation.

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 duration of that postponement is being reconsidered by Council at its meeting on August 1, 2017. Two workshops on the ordinance proposal have also been scheduled. The first workshop is scheduled for Thursday August 3rd at 5:30 p.m. in Main Assembly Room at the City-County Building, located at 400 Main St in Knoxville . The second is scheduled for Thursday August 10th at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Public Works Complex, located at 3131 Morris Avenue.

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: This item will be heard at City Council's regularly scheduled meeting on September 12, 2017.

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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MPC: This item is scheduled to be heard at the regulary scheduled MPC meeting on September 14, 2017. A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Cansler YMCA. MPC staff will host the public workshop to present and field questions from the public in regards to the Knoxville and Knox County Wireless Communications Facilities Ordinances.

City Council: Knoxville City Council held a workshop on Thursday July 27, 2017. MPC staff presented an overview of the ordinances and fielded questions from Council.

    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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    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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    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)

      Knox County

      Active 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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      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. Second reading is scheduled for August 28, 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 will consider the ordinance amendment at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 28, 2017.

      Rural Preservation

      Amendments to the Knox County Zoning Ordinance to create a new Rural Preservation zoning district.

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      MPC: This item is scheduled to be heard at the regularly scheduled MPC meeting on September 14, 2017.

      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 will consider the ordinance amendment at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 28, 2017.

      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 will consider the ordinance amendment at its regularly scheduled meeting on August 28, 2017.

      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 is scheduled to be heard at the regularly scheduled MPC meeting on September 14, 2017. A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Cansler YMCA.

      County Commission: Knox County Commissioners were invited to attend a workshop hosted by Knoxville City Council on July 27, 2017. MPC staff will presented an overview of the ordinances and were available for questions from the two legislative bodies.

        Additional Amendments

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