Land Use Classifications

Knox County

Agricultural (A)

This zone provides for a wide range of agricultural and related uses as well as residential uses with low population densities and other compatible uses which generally require large areas or open spaces.

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
AG

Agricultural
AG

This is rural / agricultural in character and includes farms and large tracts of undeveloped land.
Location Criteria
  • Farms and large tracts of undevelopedland.
  • Land where soils are designated as primeor locally important by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Rural areas prime for conservation such as forests, moderate and steep slopes,riparian areas and historic and cultural sites
Recommended City Zoning
AG, OS
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: A, PR less than 1 du/ac

Planned GrowthBoundary (PGB): A, PR less than 1 du/ac

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): A, PR less than 1 du/ac
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
AG, OS
AGC

Agricultural Conservation
AGC

This is rural / agricultural in character and includes farms and large tracts of undeveloped land.

Undeveloped tracts with the best soils for agriculture are considered as the primary areas for agricultural conservation (AGC).
Location Criteria
  • Farms and large tracts of undevelopedland in the Rural and Planned Growth Areas as designated in the Growth Policy Plan
  • Land where soils are designated as primeor locally important by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are considered for agricultural conservation (AGC)
  • Rural areas prime for conservation such as forests, moderate and steep slopes,riparian areas and historic and cultural sites.
Recommended City Zoning
AG, OS
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: A, PR less than 1 du/ac

Planned GrowthBoundary (PGB): A, PR less than 1 du/ac

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): A, PR less than 1 du/ac
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
AG, OS
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
HIM

Mining
HIM

Typically older industrial areas used for the heavy manufacturing and assembling of goods. Heavy industrial uses include processes used in the production of steel, automobiles, chemicals, cement, and animal by- products and are viewed as clearly not compatible with areas designated for residential, institutional, office and retail uses.

Quarry operations and asphalt plants are a particular form of heavy industrial, generally located in rural areas. Substantial landscaped buffers are expected between uses of lesser intensity, particularly residential, office and agricultural uses.
Location Criteria
  • Existing industrial areas
  • Within one mile of an interstate interchange with access via standard major collector or arterial streets
Recommended City Zoning
I-H
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): I (with buffering and other conditions to protect neighboring property owners)

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): I (with buffering and other conditions to protect neighboring property owners)
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
I-H
HP

Hillside Protection
HP

This classification is used to identify hillsides, ridges and similar features that have a slope of 15 percent or more. Open space, recreation land or very low density housing (one dwelling unit per two acres) is recommended for slopes exceeding 25 percent. For slopes of 15 to 25 percent, housing densities should not exceed 2 dus/ac). Office uses may also be considered. Building height should not exceed 35 feet.
Location Criteria
  • Hillsides greater than 15 percent slope
Recommended City Zoning
Applies to all; HP Overlay
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: PR, OS, E, A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): PR, PC

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): PR, PC
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
Applies to all; HP Overlay
LDR

Low Density Residential
LDR

This type of land use is primarily residential in character at densities of less than six (6) dwelling units per acre (city) and less than five (5) dwelling units per acre (county). Conventional post-1950 residential development (i.e. large-lot, low-density subdivisions) and attached condominiums are typical.
Location Criteria
  • Land served by water and sewer utilities and by collector roads
  • Slopes less than 25 percent
Recommended City Zoning
AG, RN-1, EN, RN-2
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: N/A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): RA, RAE, A, RB, PR less than 5 du/ ac

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): RA, RAE, A, RB, PR less than 5 du/ ac
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
AG, RN-1, EN, RN-2
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
O

Office
O

This land use includes business and professional offices and office parks.
Location Criteria
  • Low intensity business andprofessional offices (less than three stories) may be transitional uses from commercial or industrial uses to neighborhoods
  • Generally level sites (slopes less than 15 percent)
  • Access to major collector or arterial streets, particularly within one-quarter mile of such thoroughfares
  • Highest intensity office uses (development that is four or more stories), should be located in close proximity to arterial/ freeway interchanges or be served by transit
Recommended City Zoning
O, OP
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: N/A

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): OA, OB, OC, PC (with covenants) Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): OA, OB, OC, PC (with covenants)
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
O, OP
OS

Other Open Space
OS

Include cemeteries, private golf courses, and similar uses
Location Criteria
  • Existing cemeteries, private golf courses and private open spaces
Recommended City Zoning
AG, OS, NA
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: A, OS, E

Planned Growth Boundary (PGB): A, OS, E, OC

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): A, OS, E, OC
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
AG, OS, NA
RC

Regional Commercial
RC

This land use includes retail and service-oriented development that meets the needs of residents across Knox County and surrounding areas.

Development typically exceeds 400,000 square feet; malls have been a typical form and ?life- style centers? (e.g. Turkey Creek) are examples of regional-oriented commercial uses. Regional commercial uses may also be considered in Regional Centers (see Mixed Use and Special Districts).
Location Criteria
  • Flat sites (under 10 percent slope)
  • Locate near interstate interchanges with major arterial highway access
  • Water, sewer, natural gas utilities and stormwater systems should be capable of handling the development
  • Vehicular and pedestrian connections should be accommodated between components of the development
Recommended City Zoning
OP, C-H, C-R, I-MU
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-H, C-R, I-MU
RR

Rural Residential
RR

This land is rural in character with very low density residential and/or clustered housing subdivisions as typical land uses.
Location Criteria
  • Rural areas designated for residential development via subdivision or zoningfor densities greater than 1 dwelling unit per acre.
  • Rural areas prime for conservation such as forests, moderate and steep slopes,riparian areas and historic and cultural sites.
  • Sites adjacent to agricultural areas (AGor AGC) where cluster housing subdivisions may be appropriate
Recommended City Zoning
AG, OS
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: A, OS, E, PR up to 2 du/ac

Planned GrowthBoundary (PGB): A, OS, E, PR up to 3 du/ac

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): A, OS, E, PR up to 3 du/ac
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
AG, OS
TDR

Traditional Neighborhood Development
TDR

This land use is primarily residential and is characterized by neighborhoods where a mix of detached and attached houses, sidewalks, smaller lots and alleys have typically been or are to be created.
Location Criteria
  • Neighborhoods where lots are typically less than 50 feet wide, and usually have sidewalks and alleys. This area isessentially the 19th and early 20th century grid street neighborhoods of Knoxville.
  • Urban Growth Area or Planned Growth Areas where neighborhood orcommunity mixed use development is identified (see Mixed Use and Special Districts section)
Recommended City Zoning
RN-1, RN-2, RN-3, RN-4
Recommended County Zoning By Growth Plan Area
Rural Area: N/A

Planned GrowthBoundary (PGB): RA, RB, PR (with conditions for sidewalks, common opens spaces and alleys)

Urban Growth Boundary (UGB): RA, RB, PR (with conditions for sidewalks, common opens spaces and alleys)
One Year Plan Permitted City Zones
RN-1, RN-2, RN-3, RN-4