Survey results are now available and additional comments submitted by survey respondents are listed at the bottom of this page.
Knoxville area residents, workers and business owners jumped at the chance to weigh in on the City’s zoning ordinance update. A recent survey addressed a variety of issues and topics across the City, related to neighborhoods, commercial areas, transportation and sustainability. The survey was open from June 19 – July 12, 2017 and received 1,638 responses.View the Survey Responses (PDF)
In addition to the survey responses, 140 people took a few extra minutes to provide detailed comments about the update. The survey results and comments will be used to inform the project.
“The preferences of residents, property owners, and business owners will help appropriately shape the city and enhance our sense of place for the next 20-40 years,” said Gerald Green, Executive Director of the MPC.
We appreciate your participation so far! We encourage you to stay involved with the zoning ordinance update by sharing with us your ideas about Knoxville’s future. We are happy to talk to any group or organization about the zoning ordinance and why it’s important. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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July 12, 2017
Zoning: Commercial Corridors & Building Height
Regarding height increases: 45' does seem a bit low but I would not want to see the heights increased by very much - the human scale is very important to maintain when attempting to encourage pedestrian friendliness (which is a form of equal opportunity design).
June 20, 2017
We also need to bury utilities instead of cutting down trees around the utility lines. This is a never ending cycle. If we make the initial investment (albeit an expensive one) it will pay off in the long run. Obviously the annual expense of tree trimming will be less but it will add value to community both aesthetically and will attract more businesses in the long run. We want to keep Knoxville beautiful and if we keep massacring trees this is not possible!!
June 21, 2017
July 1, 2017
1) dramatically reduce parking required
2) mandate and retrofit neighborhood connectivity, especially for pedestrians
3) require sidewalks everywhere
4) require road design standards that force slow traffic. Require developers build calm streets in the first place. 25mph MAXIMUM design speed.
June 20, 2017
The new zoning provisions passed a few years ago (after the hurried, non-public approval of Gentry-Griffey's 24 hour, 7 day a week permit was issued and then opposed by a citizen group in Fountain City) now allow crematories at any funeral home, no matter the zoning, I can imagine that we could have a couple more crematories in Fountain City (in that there are several funeral homes here) and we could then kiss Fountain City's neighborhoods' ambiance goodbye. Such a shame the current state of this zoning puts us in!
My biggest problem with Knoxville's zoning is that it is not enforced. Inspections and reports should be made, especially in cases of secondary use permits.
As to your survey, some questions/proposed responses were ambiguous. I tried to respond in a way that reflects my view that neighborhood integrity should be honored, businesses should have to respect residents' reasonable wishes (as to appearance, addition of or re-purposing of commercial buildings, addition of multi-family buildings, to name a few.
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