Land Use Classifications

City of Knoxville

General Residential Neighborhood (RN-5)

The RN-5 General Residential Neighborhood Zoning District is intended to accommodate medium density residential neighborhoods in the City of Knoxville comprising a heterogeneous mix of single-family, two-family, townhouse, and multifamily dwellings. The RN-5 District may also serve as a functional transition between traditionally single-family and two family residential neighborhoods within the City, and more intensely developed residential or commercial areas. Limited nonresidential uses that are compatible with the character of the district may also be permitted.

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
HDR

High Density Residential
HDR

This land use is primarily characterized by apartment and/or mixed use development at densities greater than 24 dwelling units per acre.
Location Criteria
  • On major collector and arterial streets, adjacent to regional shopping and major office districts (office sites allowing four or more stories); these sites must be identified in sector or small area plans
  • Within the CBD or its adjacent areas, such as portions of the Morningside community
  • Relatively flat sites (less than 10 percent slopes) Along corridors with transit and sidewalks
Recommended City Zoning
RN-5, RN-6, RN-7, DK
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: N/A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): TC (with densities greater than 24 du/ac), PR above 12 du/ac

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): TC (with densities greater than 24 du/ac), PR above 12 du/ac
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
RN-5, RN-6, RN-7, DK
MDR/O

Medium Density Residential / Office
MDR/O

Office and medium residential uses typically have similar development characteristics: scale of buildings, areas devoted to parking, yard spaces and location requirements (on arterials/ collectors).

These uses provide a buffer to low density residential areas, particularly when located adjacent to an arterial/collector or as a transition between commercial uses and a neighborhood.
Location Criteria
  • Near community activity centers, including uses such as schools and colleges, parks, and community commercial/office nodes
  • As transitional areas between commercial development and low density residential neighborhoods
  • Site with less than 15 percent slopes
  • Along or near corridors that are served by or proposed to be served by transit, with densities proposed to be above 12 dwelling units per acre and to be served by sidewalks
Recommended City Zoning
RN-3, RN-4, RN-5, RN-6, O
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: N/A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): OB, PR 6 to 12 du/ac

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): OB, PR 6 to 12 du/ac
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
RN- 3, RN-4, RN-5, RN-6, O