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Infill Housing Review Committee
Active Cases

4-A-20-IH

Additions visible from the primary street
Location
1614 Washington Pk.
Meeting Date
April 2, 2020

4-B-20-IH

Driveways, parking pads, access point, garages or similar facilities
Location
1361 Shepard St.
Meeting Date
April 2, 2020

4-C-20-IH

Additions visible from the primary street
Location
2629 Barton St.
Meeting Date
April 2, 2020

4-D-20-IH

Changes to porches visible from the primary street
Location
435 Oglewood Ave.
Meeting Date
April 2, 2020

Actions from the March meeting

3-A-20-IH Approved

The Committee approved the request as submitted.


3-B-20-IH Approved With Conditions

1. The finished floor height shall be 1-foot higher than the railway profile due to topography and potential flooding. 2. Driveway and parking pad shall meet City of Knoxville Engineering Department requirements. a. Parking pad shall be 18 ft x 20 ft. b. If using a gravel surface, a minimum of 10-15 ft of asphalt or concrete is required to be installed from the street to keep gravel off of the alley, and landscape timbers must be installed along both sides of the driveway and around the parking pad to contain the gravel. 3. Parking pad should be screened with landscaping and/or fencing (p. 7). 4. A walkway should be installed from the front porch to the street to be consistent with other houses on the block (p. 5). 5. Utilize lap siding versus Dutch lap or horizontal panels to more closely resemble the exterior materials historically utilized in the neighborhood (p.13). 6. At least one tree should be retained (or planted) in the front and rear yards since the house is set back more than 25 ft from the street (p. 16). ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 1. The City of Knoxville's Engineering Department requested the access to be allowed off of Watauga Avenue since the alley behind this lot is one-way and terminates at the railroad. Conditions of the alley are further complicated by the difference in height between the alley surface and the lot line. The Committee agreed to allow access off of the street for this reason, provided the driveway be located to the side of the house and terminate at least 20 feet behind the front faҫade of the house. 2. The City of Knoxville's Engineering Department requested for the finished floor height of the structure to be 1-foot higher than the railway profile due to topography and potential flooding. This will result in a foundation height that could be as high as 5 feet. Houses on the street have a similar foundation height, so the request is in line with the Infill Housing Guidelines. 3. Front and side setbacks proposed are consistent with other houses on the street. The nearest developed property to the west is set back 40 ft, while the front porch is set back 30 ft from the property line. 4. Neighboring houses on Watauga Avenue feature walkways connecting the front porch or stoop to the street. 5. Lap siding more closely resembles the exterior materials historically utilized in the neighborhood. 6. All other aspects of the proposed project are in compliance with Infill Housing Design Guidelines. 7. Historically, board and batten siding has not been used in these neighborhoods. 8. The site plan shows the correct orientation of the house; it is inverted from the floor plans and elevations, which show the front porch on the other side of the house.


3-C-20-IH Approved With Conditions

1. The finished floor height shall be 1-foot higher than the railway profile due to topography and potential flooding. 2. Driveway and parking pad shall meet City of Knoxville Engineering Department requirements. a. Parking pad shall be 18 ft x 20 ft. b. If using a gravel surface, a minimum of 10-15 ft of asphalt or concrete is required to be installed from the street to keep gravel off of the alley, and landscape timbers must be installed along both sides of the driveway and around the parking pad to contain the gravel. 3. Parking pad should be screened with landscaping and/or fencing (p. 7). 4. Install a walkway from the front porch to the street to be consistent with other houses on the block (p. 5). 5. Utilize lap siding versus Dutch lap or horizontal panels to more closely resemble the exterior materials historically utilized in the neighborhood (p.13). 6. Expand the porch depth to 8 ft. (p. 9). 7. Shingles should be a dark color (p. 12). ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 1. The City of Knoxville's Engineering Department requested the access to be allowed off of Watauga Avenue since the alley behind this lot is one-way and terminates at the railroad. Conditions of the alley are further complicated by the difference in height between the alley surface and the lot line. The Committee agreed to allow access off of the street for this reason, provided the driveway be located to the side of the house and terminate at least 20 feet behind the front faҫade of the house. 2. The City of Knoxville's Engineering Department requested for the finished floor height of the structure to be 1-foot higher than the railway profile due to topography and potential flooding. This will result in a foundation height that could be as high as 5 feet. Houses on the street have a similar foundation height, so the request is in line with the Infill Housing Guidelines.Proposed front and side setbacks are consistent with other houses on the street. The adjacent property to the west is set back 40 ft, while the front porch is set back 30 ft from the property line. 3. Neighboring houses each feature a walkway connecting the front porch or stoop to the street. 4. Lap siding more closely resembles the exterior materials historically utilized in the neighborhood. 5. The porch is of appropriate materials and is consistent with other porch styles and sizes on the street. However, the Infill Guidelines recommend an 8-ft porch depth. 6. The carport is noted as being optional in the building plans and would not be built. 7. The back porch would be open-air, not screened in as drawn.


12-A-19-IH Approved With Conditions

The Committee recommended approval of the project with the following conditions: 1. A walkway should be added from the front porch to the front sidewalk (p. 5). 2. The front driveway to the previous house should be removed to prevent parking between the front of the house and the street (p. 7). The curb should be repaired to the City of Knoxville's Engineering Department requirements. 3. Shrubs or landscaping should be shown on the site plan to demonstrate screening (p. 7). 4. Driveway and parking pad shall meet City of Knoxville Engineering Department requirements. a. Parking pad shall be 18 ft x 20 ft. b. If using a gravel surface, a minimum of 10-15 ft of asphalt or concrete is required to be installed from the street to keep gravel off of the alley, and landscape timbers must be installed along both sides of the driveway and around the parking pad to contain the gravel. 5. Utilize 3-over-1 window panes on the front faҫade to be consistent with the rest of the house (p. 10). 6. Utilize lap siding versus Dutch lap or horizontal panels to more closely resemble the exterior materials historically utilized in the neighborhood (p.13). 7. Replace the window/vent combination beneath the front gable with a single vent of appropriate scale to remain more consistent with the Craftsman style of architecture. Other Comments: 1. The average front setback of the other houses on this side of the blockface is 19 feet. Unenclosed porches are permitted to encroach into the front setback area up to 5 ft., so the front setbacks meet the base zone's (RN-2) requirements without the need for a variance.