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

Auction Houses

On 8/30/16, City Council passed a resolution requesting that MPC draft amendments to the City of Knoxville Zoning Ordinance to clearly define auction houses and consider additional zoning districts in which they could be considered.

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Status:

MPC: MPC approved this item at its February 9, 2016 meeting. See the staff report (12-A-16-OA) for more information.

City Council: Knoxville City Council approved the ordinance amendment on first reading at its March 14, 2017 meeting. Second reading is scheduled for March 28, 2017.

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: On January 12, 2017, MPC approved the reconsidered ordinance per MPC Staff recommendation, including an amendment to section 7.A.2.A and 7.A.2.B specifying that the requirements for ordinance applicability "are based on 50% of the assessed or appraised values of buildings, whichever is the greater of the two." The January nod from MPC came after initial MPC approval in September 2016 and a subsequent referral back from City Council to reconsider several items.

City Council: Knoxville City Council voted to refer this item back to MPC for additional revisions. This item item is expected to be heard at the regularly scheduled April 13, 2017 MPC meeting.

Climate controlled, self-storage facilities in the O-1 District.

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 item is scheduled to be heard at the April 13, 2017 MPC meeting.

Edgewood-Park City Historic District Expansion

At the request of the Knoxville City Council, staff from the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) has 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: A meeting to the discuss the proposal will be held on Thursday, January 19th at 6:00 pm at the O’Connor Senior Citizen’s Center, 611 Winona Street. The boundaries for the proposed expansion of the district will be discussed, questions will be answer and input about the proposed expansion of the historic district will be sought.

See MPC's Historic Preservation page for information: http://knoxmpc.org/historic/index.htm

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.

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Status:

MPC: This item is scheduled to be heard at the April 13, 2017 MPC meeting.

    Recent Amendments

    Bearden Area Mixed Use (Tabled)

    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.

    South Waterfront Form Base Code Updates

    The City of Knoxville Plans Review and Inspections Division has drafted a series of housekeeping amendments to the South Knoxville Waterfront Form Based Development Code. These changes are designed to reduce redundancy and clarify certain provisions of the code.

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    Status:

    MPC: MPC approved updates to the South Waterfront Form Based code, per staff recommendation, at its January 12, 2016 regular monthly meeting.

    City Council: Knoxville City Council approved the ordinance on second reading at the February 28, 2017 meeting.

      Additional Amendments

      • Alternative Financial Services (Ordinance O-116-2016 adopted by City Council 7/19/2016)
      • 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)
      • Urban Agriculture (Ordinance 0-126-2015 adopted by City Council on 7/21/2015)

      Knox County

      Active Amendments

      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: This item appears on the agenda for the March 9, 2017 MPC meeting. MPC staff are recommending postponement until the May 11, 2017 meeting.

        Recent Amendments

        Off-street Parking Amendments: Lot Layout, Construction, and Maintenance

        A draft ordinance has been prepared in cooperation with the Knox County Department of Public Works and Engineering to revise parking stall size, parking aisle widths, driveway opening sizes, and driveway corner clearance requirements. The purposes of the amendments are to reduce impervious surface coverage and other environmental impacts, use land more efficiently, and lower construction costs. The proposed changes were initiated in response to numerous monthly County Board of Zoning Appeals variance applications regarding parking stall size, and are similar to those currently used by the City of Knoxville.

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        Status:

        MPC: MPC recommended approval of the ordinance and amendments in April 2015.

        County Commission: Adopted Ordinance No. O-15-5-101 on May 26, 2015