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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MPC: This item is scheduled to be heard at the regularly scheduled August 10, 2017 MPC meeting.

City Council: Knoxville City Council voted to refer this item back to MPC for additional revisions in February 2017. 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) 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 updated design guidelines for the area will be held on Thursday, June 29th at 6:00 pm at the Cansler YMCA, 616 Jessamine Street. This an opportunity to share ideas and identify opportunities and concerns regarding the proposed design guidelines updates. These guidelines will apply to the Edgewood-Park City Historic District and would apply to the proposed expansion area as well.

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.

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MPC: This item is scheduled to be heard at the regularly scheduled MPC meeting on July 13, 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: Knoxville City Council has scheduled a workshop at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, in the Large Assembly Room of the City County Building. The workshop will include a presentation by city staff, and time will be set aside for public comment.

Structure Size Standards in the Neighborhood Commercial Zone

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

City Council: This item is scheduled to be heard at the regularly scheduled MPC meeting on July 13, 2017.

    Recent Amendments

    Auction Houses (Approved)

    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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    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 on March 14, 2017 and second reading on March 28, 2017.

    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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    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.

    South Waterfront Form Base Code Updates (Approved)

    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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    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

      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. The appeal will be heard at the Commission's regularly scheduled meeting on June 26, 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.

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

      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: This item was introduced at the MPC Agenda Review on June 6, 2017. It is scheduled to be heard at the regularly scheduled July 13, 2017 MPC meeting.

        Additional Amendments

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