Land Use Classifications

City of Knoxville

General Commercial (C-G)

The C-G General Commercial Zoning District is intended to provide for a heterogeneous mix of retail, personal service, office, and residential uses within and along Knoxville?s commercial nodes and corridors. The C-G District is intended to promote mixed-use development in a pedestrian-oriented environment that recalls the City?s traditional business districts, and offers flexibility in the creation of integrated commercial, office and residential spaces. The C-G District is divided into three levels of intensity related to the overall form and design of the development; however, uses are the same across all levels. This district is intended primarily for indoor commercial uses with limited exceptions per special use approval.

City Zoning Districts
County Zoning Districts
Code
Classification
Description
Location Criteria
Recommended Zoning
By Growth Plan Area
City
County
One Year Plan Permitted Zones
City
CC

Community Commercial
CC

This land use includes retail and service-oriented development, including shops, restaurants, and what has come to be known as ?big box? retail stores; typical service area includes 20,000 to 30,000 residents. Community commercial uses may also be considered within community centers (see Mixed Use and Special Districts).
Location Criteria
  • Locate at intersection of arterial streets
  • Sites should be relatively flat (under 10 percent slope) and with enough depth to support shopping center and ancillary development.
  • Vehicular and pedestrian connections should be accommodated between different components of the district (e.g. between stores, parking areas and out-parcel development)
  • Infrastructure should include adequate water and sewer services, and major arterial highway access
Recommended City Zoning
O, C-N, C-G, C-H
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: N/A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): PC, SC, CA, CB

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): PC, SC, CA, CB
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
O, C-N, C-G, C-H
GC

General Commercial
GC

This includes previously developed strip commercial corridors providing a wide range of retail and service- oriented uses. Such land use classification and related zoning should not be extended because of the adverse effects on

traffic-carrying capacity, safety and environmental impacts. Redevelopment of commercial corridors, including mixed use development, should be accommodated under planned or design-oriented zones.
Location Criteria
  • Existing commercial areas
Recommended City Zoning
O, OP, C-G, C-H, C-R
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: N/A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): PC, CA, CB, SC

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): PC, CA, CB, SC
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
O, OP, C-G, C-H, C-R
MU-CC

Mixed Use Community Center
MU-CC

These centers are envisioned to be developed at a moderate intensity with a variety of housing types.
The core of the district, with its predominant commercial and office uses, should be within ? mile of the higher intensity residential uses (such as townhouses and apartments). The district should be located within a ?-mile radius of an intersection of the thoroughfare system (a collector/arterial or arterial/arterial intersection). In addition to sidewalks, the district should be served by transit. Redevelopment of vacant or largely vacant shopping centers are considerations for these centers.
Location Criteria
  • Flat terrain (slopes generally less than 10 percent)
  • Areas currently served by or planned to be served by sidewalks
  • The location does not include auto and truck- oriented uses such as industrial, strip commercial and warehouse/distribution uses unless the proposal calls for a redevelopment of such areas
  • Within a ?-mile radius of an intersection of the thoroughfare system (a collector/arterial or arterial/arterial intersection)
  • Commercial/office core should be within ? mile of the higher intensity residential uses (e.g. townhouses and apartments)
Recommended City Zoning
O, C-G, C-H
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: N/A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): CA (with condition for use-on- review), CB (with condition for use-on- review), TC, PC, SC

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): CA (with condition for use-on- review), CB (with condition for use-on- review), TC, PC, SC
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
O, C-G, C-H
MU-RC

Mixed Use Regional Center
MU-RC

These are envisioned to be highest intensity mixed use centers. These districts should be served by sidewalk and transit systems and be located on a major arterial, adjacent to an Interstate highway or adjacent to downtown.

Downtown Knoxville?s Central Business District is a regional mixed use center.
Location Criteria
  • Flat site (generally less than 10 percent slopes)
  • Currently served by or planned to be served by sidewalks
  • The location does not include auto and truck- oriented uses such as industrial, strip commercial and warehouse/distribution uses unless the proposal calls for a redevelopment of such areas
  • On a major arterial, adjacent to an interstate highway or adjacent to downtown
Recommended City Zoning
OP, C-G, C-H, C-R, DK
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: N/A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): PR, TC

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): PR, TC
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
OP, C-G, C-H, C-R, DK
MU-UC

Mixed Use Urban Corridor
MU-UC

Several street corridors within the city have potential for redevelopment with a mix of retail, restaurants, office and residential uses.

Commercial cores should be created at points (nodes) along these corridors, allowing a vertical mix of uses (for example, shops at ground level and apartments above); such nodes should not be more than four blocks long.
Location Criteria
  • Corridors should have sidewalks, transit services, street trees and related beautification
  • Capable of sustaining on-street parking along corridor or along side streets
Recommended City Zoning
C-G, C-H, I-MU, DK, SW, CU
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: N/A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): PR, TC

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): PR, TC
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
City of Knoxville Zones:

C-G, C-H, I-MU, DK, SW, CU