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

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.

MPC approved the design guidelines and rezoning at their regularly scheduled meeting on October 12th, 2017.

See the proposal page for more information: knoxmpc.org/edgewood-parkcity/

City Council: City Council approved historic zoning overlay expansion and design guidelines on first reading, at their meeting on November 6, 2017.

At second reading on November 21, 2017, the Knoxville City Council voted to postpone consideration of the district expansion and design guidelines until its meeting on May 22, 2018. By operation of the zoning code, the property within the proposed expansion is currently subject to a 180-day moratorium on the issuance of demolition permits. By Ordinance O-236-2017, the Knoxville City Council voted to enact an additional 150-day moratorium on the issuance of demolition permits within the proposed overlay expansion area; this moratorium extends the prohibition on the issuance of demolition permits in the proposed expansion area until July 1, 2018.

    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.

    City Parking Ordinance (Approved)

    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: 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 and on second reading at the meeting on September 26, 2017. An "adopted" version of the ordinance has been posted.

    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.

    Residential use on review in C-3 Commercial Zoning District (Approved)

    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 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 (Approved)

    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: MPC approved this item at its 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 August 29th meeting, the ordinance modifications suggested by Council require it to again be considered by MPC. The revised ordinance was approved by MPC on October 12, 2017.

    City Council approved the ordinance at its regularly scheduled meeting on November 7, 2017 and second reading, as amended, on November 21, 2017. Council also voted that the ordinance become effective on January 2, 2018.

    Structure Size Standards in the C-1 Neighborhood Commercial Zone (Denied)

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

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    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 (Approved)

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

    City Council: This item was approved on first reading at Council's regularly scheduled meeting on October 10, 2017. The ordinance's second reading on October 24, 2017 was also approved.

      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 2/28/2017)
      • Urban Agriculture (Ordinance O-126-2015 adopted by City Council 7/21/2015)

      Knox County

      Active Amendments

      Rural Preservation (RP)

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

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      MPC: This item was approved on consent at MPC's regularly scheduled meeting on November 9, 2017.

      County Commission: This item is scheduled to be heard at Commission's regularly scheduled meeting on December 18, 2017.

        Recent Amendments

        Indoor/Outdoor Paintball Range Standards (Approved)

        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 and on second reading on August 28, 2017.

        Neighborhood Commercial Self-Storage (Approved)

        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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        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 and on second reading on September 25, 2017. On second reading an amendment approving specifying a use on review requirement was approved.

        Rural Retreats (Approved)

        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: 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 and on second reading on September 25, 2017. The second reading included amendments to the definition for "rural retreat" and established additional standards for the facilities.

        Supportive Housing (Approved)

        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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        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 and on second reading on September 25, 2017. The second reading included an amendment to rename the ordinance "Recovery Housing", a new definition was established, location requirements and stipulations were included.

        Wireless Communication Facilities (Approved)

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

        County Commission: This item was approved on first reading by County Commission at their regularly scheduled meeting on October 23, 2017. A workshop has been scheduled for Monday, November 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building. Commission approved the ordinance's second reading on November 21, 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)