Land Use Classifications

Knox County

General Business (CA)

This zone is for general retail business and services but not for manufacturing or for processing materials other than farm products, except that portable sawmills are allowed.

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
RS

Regional Commercial
RS

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