MPC staff develop zoning ordinance amendments in conjunction with the City of Knoxville and Knox County departments. The consideration and ultimate adoption of an amendment includes a hearing by the Metropolitan Planning Commission and final approval by the City Council or Commission.
On February 3, 2015 Knoxville City Council approved resolution R-38-2015 requesting "… the Planning Commission to consider and make a recommendation to City Council with regard to potentially creating, changing or amending zoning classifications for commercial properties located in the area defined by the Bearden Village Opportunities Plan to allow residential development and office development on those sites."
Planning Commission: Will be heard on the May 12, 2016 monthly meeting to present the draft Mixed Use Districts code as a discussion item only, not for adoption
February 2, 2016 Knoxville City Council passed Resolution No. R-51-2016 "…requesting that the Planning Commission consider and make a recommendation to City Council regarding the possible addition of zoning limitations to those zones where Alternative Financial Service (AFS) establishments are otherwise presently permitted.
Planning Commission: Recommended to City Council the zoning amendment changes regarding Alternative Financial Service, March 10, 2016
City Council: Scheduled to hear the Alternative Financial Services Zoning Ordinance, June 21, 2016
Draft amendments to Knoxville Zoning Ordinance regarding parking in the City of Knoxville
The City of Knoxville Sign Ordinance Task Force began a comprehensive review of the City’s sign ordinance in 2012. The task force met over a three-year period leading to the consideration and adoption of a variety or ordinance amendments in 2015.
Planning Commission: After referral back from City Council, Planning Commission recommended approval of the ordinance and amendments in June 2015.
City Council: Adopted ordinance O-127-2015 on second reading July 21, 2015.
Amendment to the City of Knoxville Zoning Ordinance to define Urban Agriculture uses and supplementary regulations. The amendments are aimed at promoting urban agriculture in the city.
Planning Commission: Recommended approval by City Council on May 14, 2015
City Council: Adopted ordinance O-126-2015 on July 21, 2015
On September 2, 2014, Knoxville City Council passed resolution R-303-2014 requesting Planning Commission consider and make a recommendation on amendments to the Zoning Code and Building Code regarding review of the demolition of residential structures built before 1865 and a demolition delay for other historic properties.
Planning Commission: Recommended approval by City Council on April 9, 2015
City Council: Adopted ordinance O-75-2015 on May 26, 2015
A draft ordinance has been prepared in cooperation with the Knox County Department of Public Works and Engineering to revise parking stall size, parking aisle widths, driveway opening sizes, and driveway corner clearance requirements. The purposes of the amendments are to reduce impervious surface coverage and other environmental impacts, use land more efficiently, and lower construction costs. The proposed changes were initiated in response to numerous monthly County Board of Zoning Appeals variance applications regarding parking stall size, and are similar to those currently used by the City of Knoxville.
Planning Commission: recommended approval of the ordinance and amendments in April 2015.
County Commission: adopted Ordinance No. O-15-5-101 on May 26, 2015