Draft Design Guidelines

View the Draft Guidelines (7/9/2019)

Oakwood Neighborhood Overlay

In September 2016, Knoxville City Council requested that Knoxville-Knox County Planning make a recommendation about a Historic or Neighborhood Conservation zoning overlay for the area.

Upcoming Meeting

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The study comes at the request of the Oakwood Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association and will assist the neighborhood in evaluating zoning tools that can help preserve and protect the neighborhood.

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Study area

The study area is bounded by North Avenue (just north of Morelia Ave), Woodland Avenue, Harvey Street, and Central Street.

Understanding Historic and Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Overlays

In most areas, zoning determines what buildings and land can be used for, where a building can be located on a piece of property, and how big it can be. Zoning makes sure property development is appropriate in relation to what’s around it.

Neighborhood zoning overlays are a special set of provisions or regulations for a defined area. They are often designed to preserve and protect neighborhood character and/or historic areas.

Certificate of Appropriateness

In both Historic (H-1) and Neighborhood Conservation (NC-1) overlays, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is required in addition to a building permit. A COA approval ensures that exterior construction and renovations are consistent with the overlay.

COA applications are reviewed by Planning staff or the Historic Zoning Commission.

Certificate of Appropriateness Required
Type of Work Project NC-1 H-1
New Construction of Buildings X X
Additions* – increased footprint, height, or building envelope X X
Demolition (in whole or part) X X
Relocation X X
Repairs /Alterations** - existing structures   X

Neighborhood Conservation District Overlay (NC -1) Purpose

The Neighborhood Conservation Overlay district recognizes that older Knoxville neighborhoods need to be conserved for their cultural, historic, and housing value.

  • Ensure that new construction is in harmony with the scale and physical character of the original buildings of the neighborhood through the use of the design guidelines;
  • Regulate demolition and relocation of structures; and
  • Avoid the need for certain zoning variances for building setbacks, lot dimensions, and related physical characteristics. (Although the zoning code does not specifically mention this intent, it is intended to be a benefit of both the H-1 and NC-1 districts.)

Historic District Overlay (H -1) Purpose

The Historic District Overlay district preserves and protects historic structures and areas which serve as visible reminders of the history and cultural and architectural heritage of the city.

  • Ensure that new construction, repair, alteration, and rehabilitation of structures are in harmony with the scale and physical character of the original buildings of the neighborhood through the use of design guidelines;
  • Regulate demolition and relocation of structures; and
  • Avoid the need for certain zoning variances for building setbacks, lot dimensions, and related physical characteristics. (Although the zoning code does not specifically mention this intent, it is intended to be a benefit of both the H-1 and NC-1 districts.)

Contact Us

Contact us below if you have any questions.

Lindsay Crockett
Planner
(865) 215-3795 | historiczoning@knoxplanning.org

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