It’s been a busy summer for the Recode Knoxville project. Since July 26, ten public meetings have been held in different areas of the city to give people an opportunity to learn more about the second draft of the ordinance and the first draft of the zoning map. A Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting and a City Council workshop were also held and were open to the public.
Each of the public meetings included a brief presentation (below) and an opportunity to learn about the online mapping tool. Displays from a series of meetings held earlier this year were set up again to explain components of the ordinance. The meetings were well attended with 420 people participating in all.
|8/9/18||Burlington Meeting||Burlington Community Meeting||33|
|8/20/18||West Knoxville Public Draft 2 meeting||Deane Hill Recreation Center||52|
|8/21/18||Knoxville Chamber Public Draft 2 meeting||Knoxville Chamber||40|
|8/23/18||West Knoxville Public Draft 2 meeting||Unitarian Universalists Church||50|
|8/29/18||Central City Public Draft 2 meeting||Central United Methodist Church||46|
|8/30/18||North Knoxville Public Draft 2 meeting||Church of the Good Shepard||93|
|09/04/18||DDRB Workshop||City County Building||8|
|09/05/18||KAAR Residential Meeting||KAAR||18|
|09/06/18||KAAR Commercial Meeting||KAAR||35|
|9/10/18||Vestal Meeting||South Knox Community Center||45|
Have thoughts or ideas you’d like to share? Send them to email@example.com, directly through our website, or on the map. Comments on the second draft of the ordinance and the first draft of the map are due on Thursday, September 13. All general comments and those specific to the map that have been submitted thus far can be viewed online (and below). This feedback will inform the third draft of the ordinance and the second draft of the map, both of which are expected to be released in early October.
October 12, 2018
Recode Knoxville "bring Back The Orange!"
October 8, 2018
Bring Back The Orange!
October 8, 2018
Recode Knoxville -- Op Zoning Districts 10-8-18
I am a resident of West Hills and frequently travel on Middlebrook Pike, Weisgarber, and Lonas.
In looking at Draft 1 of the proposed Maps for Middlebrook Pike, Weisgarber, and Lonas areas, I noticed that there are many parcels with a proposed OP (Office Park) zoning district. This includes the large parcel of vacant land which Tennova had planned to build a hospital, vacant parcels across Middlebrook Pike, and other nearby parcels that are either vacant land or have already been developed as offices.
The Recode Use Matrix, Article 9.2 shows the Permitted Uses for the OP zoning district. OP includes Eating and Drinking Establishments, Retail Goods Establishments, and Food Truck Parks, among other things as Permitted Uses. Gas Stations are allowed as a Special Use. These uses are very different from what is presently allowed in Office zoning districts in our existing Ordinance.
These types of developments would increase traffic considerably, and add additional noise and bright lights which will adversely affect West Hills properties which are adjacent to or nearby the Tennova property, and will adversely affect many West HIlls residents and others who use the already heavily traveled Middlebrook Pike/Weisgarber corridors.
Office zoned properties have long been used as a buffer between residential and commercial properties and that should be maintained for these type properties under Recode.
Therefore, I request that Eating and Drinking Establishments, Retail Goods Sales, Food Truck Parks and Gas Stations be removed as Permitted Uses or Special Uses in the Office Park zoning districts. In addition, Eating and Drinking Establishments should be allowed only as Accessory Uses to serve the employees and clients of that office building, along with standards that the restaurant not be a free-standing building. It should only be accessible from within the building.
Thank you for your consideration.