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Progressive Ideals And Recommendations For Recode Knoxville

Mr. Green,
On behalf of the Knox County Democratic Party Progressive Action Committee, we would like to submit the attached comments on ReCode Knoxville.
Please let us know if you or your team members have any questions on our submission.
Thank you,
Progressive Action Committee
Knox County Democratic Party

Progressive Ideals and Recommendations for ReCode Knoxville

? Regarding Zoning Ordinance Update

Will the update include any new sections using form based code?

Yard Definitions

I seem to remember a graphic that was used in one of the presentations I saw that showed how the city defines the space in a residential yard. The graphic showed the front and back yard as well as side and standoffs etc. I can't seem to find that graphic now. If it is no trouble and you can find it easily, could you send that to me.

Is that going to change in the recode? If so what will the new definitions be?

Chicken Coops

What is going to happen with chicken coop rules. Has anything been decided?
Staff Reply:
The staff recommendation at this time is to leave the standards for chicken coops as they are now. Please let us know if you fell the standards should be revised in any way.

Zoning Lots

Can you clariify: Does a zoning lot only include connecting lots that are within the same zone? Will this apply to commercial and office zones also, not just residential?

Furthermore, the section addressing zoning lots, you mention that the City has an original ward map and a parcel map. Can you clarify what that means?

Racial Equity

Hello,

I'm concerned about how Black and Latinx stakeholders are engaged in this process. Is engagement equitable at this point? Also, I hope there is some serious social impact consulting seriously measuring along lines of difference pertaining to race, income, ability, etc. Transportation often widens inequity so I expect that to be a topic of public discussion and addressed in the plan as well. Thus far, I see buzz words about being green but nothing about social impact and explicitly measuring perhaps unintended negative consequences to what we're doing here.

Thank you for your consideration,

C-3

One concern I have coming out of the recent presentation is the recommendation for keep the general commercial code for both suburban and urban development. I am not exactly sure how to do it, but I think we need an urban commercial code for places like Central, potentially MLK, Sevier, Sutherland, parts of Kingston Pike and Broadway, which would be significantly different than the traditional C3 suburban code. I would appreciate your thoughts.

This article highlights the problem.
http://insideofknoxville.com/2017/09/a-plea-for-preservation-of-a-building-and-a-struggle-for-the-soul-of-central/

An historic overlay probably would not be appropriate for Central, but we need some type of guidelines to keep it developing in an urban style, rather than suburban. How can a one size fits all approach work?

Marshall Stair
Council Member
I am an urban farmer in East Knoxville

URBANAG: The current permit is $100 for a farmstand for a 9-month season. We have food access issues in Knoxville, and in order to make food more accessible ? lay farmers/backyard farmers should be able to set up a stand to sell for free. Wave a profit requirement ? if you gross> $500(?) you have to pay, but let hobby farmers provide food to their neighbors. Consider incentives for food production in urban neighborhoods. Not just community gardens, but market gardens. Consider property tax breaks for people growing food in the city, similar to how rural areas have agricultural designations. Particularly on empty lots that are purchased from the city.

H1 (historic overly and design guide) My neighborhood is in this process of approval by MPC/City Council. Should the process be suspended until this Recode is complete? They seem very duplicative. We are spending great amounts of time, money, & energy resources to create/debate something that may be changed significantly. I have a lot of questions about the AG special purpose district! ?Farmland? is now inside residential areas in urban settings!
Shouldn?t use categories be separated by impact not type: retail establishment & convenience store (with gas) has a very diff visual & traffic impact than book stores.

PUD ? consider formal approval of concept plan so developer has some certainty before committing $ to prelim plan.

Very glad code is being reworked. It?s impossible to figure out! Re-subdivided lots vs tax parcels. See past Planning magazine article.
The presentation demonstrates a strong move in the right direction. Thank you for your time. I will be keeping up to date with further updates and I look forward to the change. If I think of any ideas or if I see any potential issues, then I will contact your organization and let you know. Thanks again!
Thank you for working to make the zoning & code easier to understand. The presentation was very helpful & clear. Good work! I am particularly interested in protecting residential areas from industrial buildings (maybe with more than just buffer green spaces) & revising buildings. I hope the new zoning code can help with fragmentation in the cityl. I am also concerned with what it would look like if the community wanted to fight a PUD. How easy would that be? I hope easy. Thank you!
I think these changes will make everything easier and more clear. I wish I had some constructive criticism, but everything looks great.

Community Project Maintenance Funding

RE: 6th street underpass mural project

Apparently, although the original grant attempts to incorporate maintenance/cleaning...there are also appear to be restrictions as to water runoff which effectively prevents maintenance. I would propose that "blight projects" or other art/murals/etc. specifically address annual/ongoing cleaning and maintenance. The underpass is getting dirtier by the day and some are now becoming bolder with their "camping-out" scenarios.

Solar Power

Recode Knoxville Since your favorite word is "sustainability," how about you implement the total opposite of what FPL is doing in Florida with Solar. FPL is not allowing homeowners to own their own solar power. Homeowners have to connect it to FPL. This is a bunch of hog wash. You nor anyone else owns the power of sun. Since the City of Knoxville and KUB are really the same org. You have the power to do this. I'll see what you guys have come up with at your next public meeting.

South Knoxville Sidewalk

Are their any plans to put sidewalk/bike path on Sevier Ave? There is a huge need from SoKno Taco corner up to Red Bud crossing. People frequently walk this area and it is very difficult to see them at night...with no shoulder. I get frustrated at lack of services for an area that the home owners pay city and county taxes, but we get forgotten or left out of improvements. Thanks!

Survey

I am just now finding out about recode Knoxville. I saw it on my kub bill. Why did they not send out letters to every postal address about this subject and the survey? I am watching the video of the stakeholder advisory committee and hearing them say they sent out e-mails and posted it on there web site.They said they wanted better response from people. How many peoples e-mails do you have and how do you expect to get them? How many people are going to know about your web site? What about people that don't have internet? So again I ask,Why did they not send out letters to every postal address about this subject and the survey? Or did they and I missed it? Thank You for your time.

Bikes

So as a cyclist in Knoxville I notice that it's very unfriendly mainly due to there is nowhere to park a bicycle at basically any business. If they do the bicycle racks are in horrible places like the bicycle racks at Walgreens in Bearden where it's literally 10 feet from Kingston pike. Either that or I have to literally walk my bicycle into the store and leave it somewhere at the front while I shop or walk it with me.

I would love to see a building code that required a bike rack up against the building for Knoxville.

Walgreens bicycle parking http://imgur.com/1HBcaBs

Sidewalks

I would like to see a sidewalk from the Rocky Hill shopping center to Rocky Hill School. There is so much school traffic on that road and the road is not very wide. I think a sidewalk would be very helpful and make the road a lot safer.

Street Trees

I walk anywhere I can from my house in Old North, and I often have my kids with me in a stroller. Lately I've noticed a lot of urban development and repurposing of defunct businesses, which I applaud. Efforts like this make the city more livable and enjoyable. I've also noticed that in many projects (such as the construction on Depot at the Regas site), huge mature street trees that I came to appreciate and love for their shade have been cut down. I think incentives to work around existing trees are a great idea, as it will easily take 50-100 years to replace a tree that may have been in the way for a short-term project. Seeing a long, hot sunny stretch where there were once spreading old limbs is discouraging. And sweaty. Trees also lend an established, well-cared for feeling to cities, and we lose a lot when we lose mature trees. Thank you for your time.

Walkability/public Transit And Mixed Use

It is extremely important to my sense of wellbeing as a Knoxville resident that we emphasize different modes of transport, including facilities for pedestrian, bicycle, scooters, busses and potentially other public transport.i fully support the COKs sidewalk investments and moves towards mixed use neighborhoods.

Sidewalks

My son will be starting Kindergarten this year. I love being active and it makes me sad that I live so close to the school, but I can't walk because there are no sidewalks! The area is growing and there is not a lot of parking. If there were sidewalks throughout the community I think there would be a lot more people walking and biking and leaving their cars at home. Thanks for your time!

Sidewalks

The sidewalks in Fort Sanders, especially on Clinch and Laurel are cracked and crumbling. Cars are parked at yellow curbs, bus stops on Clinch.

More Info After Taking Survey

I got this email after taking a survey about zoning. I wanted to comment that I live near kingston pike and moved to my neighborhood because there was a bus stop nearby. However, about 6 months after moving into my house, the bus route changed. I now have to walk a little farther to catch the bus, but that's not really the issue. The big issue here is that I live in a residential area very close to businesses on kingston pike, one of Knoxville's busiest roads, that I cannot get to safely because there are no sidewalks. There are some areas that barely even have shoulder to walk in. I have to walk though someone's yard to get to Kingston pike because someone's house along kingston pike has so much foliage on the ground that you have to walk IN kingston pike around the foliage. It is very unsafe and discouraging.

I do not drive, and I think it isn't good to require people to drive in this city. It creates more traffic and accidents because people who should not be driving are, because there are no other options. It is not fair to those who cannot afford cars or those unable to drive.

I walk to my dentist appointments on S Peters Rd., just a 20 minute walk from my house, but it's a little nerve wracking because there are many spots where I barely have any space to walk safely.

More sidewalks make the city safer and healthier. I have lost weight by exercising and walking more. I think it's kind of sad that many people have to first drive to greenways to walk. There is a greenway near where I live, but I cannot get there safely due to lack of sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. I have biked there, but being near an interstate ramp also makes me nervous when I try. Is also like to be able to bike to the greenway safely.

I can understand not having sidewalks in residential areas, but it is necessary in mixed residential and business areas to connect the two safely with sidewalks.

Fortunately I work downtown and I'm very happy that there's plenty of sidewalk there.

Sorry if this was long, but I wanted to voice my opinion and frustrations. I hope there are others like me wanting safer ways to walk in the city. Thanks for reading.

Official Questions For The Boards And Committees For Recode Knoxville

Official questions for the boards and committees for Recode Knoxville

1. What kind of Input, consulting, training, email or other documents, regarding RecodeKnoxville (rezoning), are coming from the ICLEI global network?

2. How will you prevent mis-identification of wetlands?

3. Have you looked to New York where there is high density living, but no affordable housing?

4. Which outside entities may possibly provide credits, tax breaks or any funding to the city and its citizens for following the new code.

5. Does the city of Knoxville get any credits or any type of funding for creating high density living?

6. Does the city of Knoxville get any credits or any type of funding for creating high density living for lower income levels.

7. Will Knoxville have complete control over building or will any outside entities (government or NGO's outside of Knoxville) have a say?

8.? What is the current percentage of open space in Knoxville?

9.? Will the City of Knoxville have to meet the requirements of a sustainable community??

10.? Does the city of Knoxville have to meet any rezoning codes for any reason?

Residential House Freedom

I strongly believe house owners should be able to use their houses as they see fit. It is not government's business to regulate who lives in your house. I think ordinances restricting occupancy would prove unconstitutional if challenged. I also think short term rental such as Air B&B should not be restricted.

Zoning: Commercial Corridors & Building Height

Regarding the Commercial Corridors question: single family housing should not be encouraged in the corridor but commercial with residential above is a great way to keep neighborhoods safe and convenient for multifamily dwellings.

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).

Additional Comments

Thank you for providing a space for additional comments. I strongly encourage more sidewalks, especially in the gap areas where sidewalks appear for a distance, then stop, or there is a gap between existing sidewalks. I'm sure others may have a similar situation, but my neighborhood is located within a short distance to the a) sidewalk on Francis Rd in one direction, and b) in the other direction, the sidewalk on Middlebrook Pike. However, I am trapped because the roads to get to those sidewalks are extremely curvy and narrow, and are hazardous for cars at times, much less a pedestrian or cyclist. If only the gap were filled, the residents in my area could travel by sidewalk in one direction to Cedar Bluff and beyond, and in the other direction, utilizing sidewalks and greenways, all the way to Volunteer Landing and beyond. The possibilities really excite me, except for the gap which completely changes the picture. Also, the closest bus stop is at Amherst/Middlebrook or Francis/Middlbrook and I have seen walkers risk their lives walking on the road until they reached a sidewalk leading to the bus stop.

I know there are many priorities, thank for allowing me to voice my opinions. Thank you also for looking to the future and helping to make Knoxville an even more wonderful city.

Sustainability Incentives

I'm not sure if this fits in the purview of the zoning work you're doing...but I'd love to see the city offer incentives/take actions to encourage adoption of more sustainable behaviors. I'm thinking:

- Make the 20 best parking spots in all city-owned garages EV only parking spots
- Create a PACE financing program
- Work with KUB to implement an excellent net metering program with highly favorable rates for Knoxvillians who add solar to their roofs over a designated period of time. In other words, if I add solar to my roof between now and, say, the end of 2021, KUB buys my excess power production or production at peak demand times for $.20/KwH.

And then some personal peeves/requests:
- Somehow make it so I could actually walk easily from Sequoyah to shopping centers on Kingston Pike without feeling like I'm putting my life at risk! Getting from the Sequoyah side of the street to the opposite side of Kingston Pike is really a hair raising experience. And then walking on the sidewalk beside Kingston Pike always makes me feel like I could get plowed over by a driver at any minute (no barrier between the traffic and me).
- Find a way to encourage/incentivize homeowners to turn OFF their programmed lawn sprinklers/irrigation systems when it's raining!
- Bring back curb-side glass recycling
- Find a way to encourage/incentivize composting

Comments

Develop code that is more than "minimal"- let code reflect tougher standards so that variances are more difficult to ask for and have approved

Also, don't make all neighborhoods alike- as in the survey- there are distinct areas that need to be cherished and preserved.

Great ideas about landscaping- but after the initial build- who checks to make sure the landscaping is still in tact and being taken care of.

Owners of apartment buildings should have specific requirements that must be adhered to- so neighborhoods don't have to complain and complain in order for things to change- for example- apartments on Jacksboro near Kesterwood, Oak Park, and Woodrush. An eyesore like that devalues the beautiful homes in the area.

Inskip

We do not need anymore apartments / condos in Inskip. We need more traffic calming and more police presence.

Questions

it is difficult to answer some questions because, like many things, it's a matter of degree. the devil is in the details.

for instance, do i favor design controls? it depends on the degree. i certainly favor some, as long as they establish guidelines and allow flexibility, but i do not favor controls if they specifically tell me that i have to plant an oak tree, for instance, or i have to use red brick.

it's okay, in my opinion, to say you must have so many trees, that they be native species, and a min. size, but it is not all right to tell me i have to plant a white oak and nothing but a white oak.

anyway, i took a chance and said 'yes', but others with the same feelings might just as easily say 'no'.

Use Of Existing Trees As Credit Toward Landscaping

I wish to amend my previous statement.

This credit should be allowed only for tree species that are native to Knox County or non-natives specimens that have an established history of use over many decades without any demonstration of colonization, reproduction or invasive tendencies. Non-natives should only be allowed when passing this very high hurdle. An example of a tree that should be allowed for the credit would be a bald cypress, a weeping willow, or a white cedar. Examples of non-natives that should not be allowed are any of the non-native mulberries, princess tree, and those terrible little European hornbeams that are popping up everywhere (they are showing invasive tendencies!!).

Knoxville should get its house together in regard to being a "real" tree city and start focusing on native species of trees, flowers and grasses, reclaiming roadsides and small woodlot spaces to promote pollinator and wildlife habitat. We have serious invasives problems and need to get real about it. In 40 years, the precious "urban wilderness" is going to be a deadscape of non-native vines and shrubs. Your forest is dying all around you and you don't notice, because everything is green. Deal with the kudzu patches, the wintercreeper, the privet and bush honeysuckle, the English ivy, etc, etc., or watch your forests die.

Use Of Existing Trees As Credit Toward Landscaping Requirements

This allowance should only be for species native to Knox County.

Transportatuon

There's no public transportation past Cedar Bluff and it's difficult if you live out there and have a job in town. I would love to see it expanded and/or a commuter system for high volumn times from West and North to downtown.

Side Walks And No Ditches

Would like sidewalks in neighborhoods other than downtown to promote security and community. Also, get rid of the ditches that line almost all of the streets in south Knoxville. Either that or annex us so we don't have to pay taxes to pay for the rest of the city's sidewalks and proper water management (no more ditches dug in people's front yards). Put it in the code to require city neighborhoods to have sidewalks.

Ensuring Affordability

Knoxville is a scruffy city, and part of what's kept it that way are the many locally-born, grown, and owned businesses. An updated zoning code will spur increased development in Knoxville and, inevitably, will raise rent and property prices. The new code should set standards for ensuring that a reasonable percent of rents and properties remain affordable for the small-scale folks who've made this city unique. I grew up around Greenville, SC and watched as it transformed into the tourist destination it is today. However, one of the biggest complaints about Greenville from locals and tourists alike is that it is too "corporate." Unless we plan ahead to keep rents and properties affordable, both for retail and for housing, Knoxville will make the same mistake. Let's keep it scruffy, even while we work to make it a livelier place for all of us to live.

Roads

Need to work on roads rather than making bike lanes and sidewalks. Since you have screwed up Moody Avenue by making it a 2 lane road I have seen far more car wrecks than I have seen people riding bikes. Crazy. I have talked to a lot of people who feel the same way. Also need more speed enforcement everywhere in the city. Especially Chapman Highway.

Public Transit

We need Amtrak and Southwest Airlines! More trains to connect to Nashville, Chatt and Atlanta.

Light Pollution, Alleyways

Many alleyways in the north Knoxville area have become unsafe havens for criminal activity within residential neighborhoods. I have an alleyway behind my house that runs the length of several neighborhoods and it has become unsafe to take the trash out at night or walk my dog in these areas. I have witnessed drug use, violence, and illegal drug sales in the alleyway and have reported the issues to Knoxville PD.

I would like to see stricter traffic laws enforced in alleyways that prevent anyone and everyone from using the alleyways for their illegal activities. More lights in the alleyways would make them safer or even just signs posted prohibiting certain activities or bringing attention to surveillance in the area could help improve the safety of alleyways in Knoxville.

On the subject of lighting. It would be great if, with all the new construction happening, if better light pollution techniques could start to be applied to newer structures and layouts. The night sky is important for human health and Knoxville currently ranks very low among night sky friendly cities. We should start thinking about the future now and applying techniques to reverse our light pollution output.

Thank you for considering my thoughts and concerns.

Additional Zoning Comment

I wanted to emphasis that historical sites should be considered for preservation and protection as well as older trees/etc. Reusing and maintaining structures and trees already present should be prioritized over razing an area and starting anew.

Recode Knoxville

Loved this survey. It was easy but I do wish there were a few more examples of what was being discussed. Such as parking regulations, i.e. commercial shops are required to have 5 spaces per 1000 feet, should this regulation be increased? For the most part I was able to understand what was being discussed but examples always help. Good job advertising on Facebook, this helps and I will share! 😉

Gentrification/ Environ Concerns

I feel like the environmental section was a bit short. We know that we need to be drastically reducing our carbon emissions in order to sustain life on this planet! There should be more environmental regulations on new buildings and retrofits of older buildings. Also, how there wasn't anything specifically on how this project is going to address gentrification. There are many homeless people in this city and when people can no longer afford to live in their homes, the situation will only get worse. There was no mention on affordable housing or expansions of shelters and of community services.

(no Title)

I would like to see changes to Montgomery Village. I would like to see a revitalization to be compaerable to the other revitilazation going on In South Knoxville.I would like MV to be privatized and perhaps redeveloped as college housing or senior housing. I would like to see more patrol in the area as well. As a resident who has to drive through it to get to my home in Knox Co, I have seen a decline in safety, asthetics, and over all negelect to the area. I am a concerned citizen who greatly wants to see that area redevelop and grow.

Sidewalks

Upkeep of side walks is tearable in Knoxville especially in the Ft Sanders area. They are broken up, blocked by brush, low hanging branches, cars parked on them.

Dedicated Streets In Condo Developments

Developers are allowed to build condos (separate buildings) based upon the zoned intensity. However, they are allowed to get away with dedicating only the main entryway/street to the city and all other streets classified as driveways. The USPS recognizes these side streets as residential addresses but the city only has to maintain the main roadway since the developer is allowed to designate the other streets, no matter how many, as driveways. The developer also is able to skirt the requirements of the city for a street and build these "driveways" narrower and without curbs. This is a sweetheart deal for the developer and really screws the residents.

New Codes

If we're going to encourage commercial development in neighborhoods and secondary streets, we should set local business, and have strict restrictions on corporate and national chains. I would love to have small markets or restaurants in my neighborhood, but I don't want another Dollar general or fast food joint, with big lights and obnoxious signage.nnAlso, if we're going to be redeveloping these corridors, can we install a municipal fiber optic system like Chattanooga has? It has done wonders for that city, and we could benefit from such a system in citizen connectedness and appealing to new, tech related industry development.

Zoning Code Survey

I attended the city's recent workshop on sustainability & liked the idea of developing the West Town site using the existing retail structure for that purpose while adding to its sustainability by building above the parking lot & existing structure. That site won't be viable if the amount of parking is reduced. Lack of convenient parking is a key factor in business survivability across the city.nnZoning codes regarding landscaping shouldn't be so restrictive as to dictate types of plants except as to tree height and root spread. Lawns are a luxury and substitute ground cover should be acceptable.nnCodes regarding lot sizes should be flexible enough to take into account today's tiny houses movement.

Additional Comments

My impression of the survey, which is only my impression, is that it is skewed toward approval of higher density development which would benefit commercial developers more than residents. It is also rather vague. In theory I might like the idea of a more flexible approach to the size of a lot needed for a residential building, for example. However, if a builder wants to put a house on the tiny lot next door to me as an "infill" I would object.

There is nothing in the survey about truly affordable housing, or about preventing the duplication of downtown redevelopment efforts into the Magnolia corridor, which would price many residents out of the area. Mixed use is great, but maybe not if it means a Starbucks below and pricey condos above.

Although I feel there should be more landscaping requirements and architectural guidelines, I think they should not be a burden on an individual homeowner such as myself. We need creative solutions which take the needs of the elderly, low income and disabled into consideration., with much more input from these residents. Local homeowners and very small business owners need affordable programs to help repair and enhance their properties.

When it comes to improving neighborhoods, let's not forget the mostly unattractive buildings for seniors, low income such as Love Towers. If real estate developers want to profit in our city, they should be wiling to contribute to the welfare of all its residents, not just the wealthier elements.

Gentrification needs to be addressed in an open, transparent way and more options developed for lower income citizens to purchase their own homes or perhaps have cooperatively owned apartments.

Pedestrian Safety

It's essential that we add sidewalks and traffic calming measures to our neighborhoods, particularly those used heavily by commuters who are not as concerned with following traffic regulations (one way, stop signs, etc.) as they rush to and from work.

General

Many of the choices were of necessity broad, and do not allow for nuances.
As a starter I would like to see a specified definition of what constitutes a dwelling unit. I believe citizens buy and build in a location based on zoning, but we are seeing existing zoning being over turned or re-interpreted. Surely we can create a great viable, and vibrant city without destroying existing communities.

Noise

As commercial and residential mix and get tighter dumpster service and the noise must be limited in these zones/areas to reasonable daylight hours eg 7 to 7 and enforced.

Complete Streets

I want to encourage the rapid implementation of "Complete Streets." It is very important to me that other forms of transportation besides the car be a strong component of the new zoning proposal. I would like to see pull-off areas for KAT buses (especially on Broadway). btw: KAT is doing a great job, and, yes, I do frequently ride the bus. A matter which really concerns me: WHY does KUB wait until a street has been paved before it begins digging up the street for utility work (Central Street seems to be the exception!) Surely the KUB engineers know where underground water lines are?!?

Recode Knoxville

Knoxville is not the only ET municipality or county that needs zoning and subdivision requirements need updating but Knoxville it the one of the rare ones who can afford the process. I hope when you complete your effort, you can do an assessment of what you have learned in the process and evaluate what measure can be done to reduce the cost or better pave the way of community engagement. A helpful lessons learned would be nice and sharing your changes to be reviewed for application to more rural communities surrounding Knox County.

Transit

Knoxville is striving to become a greener City, but that cannot really happen as long as 97% of trips are made by car. Transit, biking and walking must be much more strongly encouraged. This is a safety issue, an air quality issue, and a climate change issue. Transit, while somewhat improved, is still not a viable option for many. Buses are in the same traffic as private autos and therefore do not provide a time advantage. With few exceptions, buses do not come into neighborhoods. I live inside the city limits of Knoxville, but the nearest bus stop is more than a mile from my house. Buses, or perhaps feeder buses should get with in 1/4 mile of residences, at least in the city. West of South Northshore and South of Kingston Pike biking is not an option for most because of heavy traffic.nnnnSo let's take the lead in reducing auto trips and becoming a greener, safer, more livable city.

Process Re: Land Use Regulations

Thanks for the opportunity to make some preliminary observations on the regulatory process.
One recommendation that I would make is to publish the comments that are received during this initial effort to receive input.

Secondly, I would urge you to prepare an overview of existing conditions throughout the City of Knoxville, RE: residential, commercial, industrial, recreation and related land uses, either characterized by "Small Area", and / or "District", by noting, for each identified geographic area, allocation of land uses by type, density, age, total population, etc., but including the primary transportation links to surrounding "districts" and "small areas".

Thirdly, characterize each of the areas by trends over the past 20-30 years, RE: growth (population, dwelling units, density), changes in land use types, and traffic conditions.
Please consider making this information available on-line, so that the public may review, compare and contrast changes which have occurred throughout the City, and to make some reasoned response through later stages of the planning and regulatory development.

Parking

Some predictions of automobile trends show decreased parking needs due to a change in the way we will use self driving cars. Lower ownership could lead to decreased parking requirements. This could happen within the next 10 - 20 years. It would be helpful to make sure we have a flexible code that can adapt to this change in behavior. We may need 40 parking spots for a restaurant now, but may not need to require that many in the future.

(no Title)

Also consider height and size of business signage! Finish connecting the greenways and more sidewalks please!

Sidewalks

The need for sidewalks down broadway in fountain city is off the charts. Residents in scooters and those walking are at risk. So many businesses are very close, yet residents are forced to drive everywhere, increasing the need for parking and increasing heavy traffic snafus.

Parking

We need to make sure that any commercial or multi-family development includes sufficient parking. People do not come to places where parking is a problem.

We appear to have some bike lanes that extend only one or two blocks and do not connect to other bike-friendly roads, such as the bike lane on Knoxville zoo drive. These seem pointless. We need to think about usefulness when we create bike lanes.

Food Truck Generators

When businesses use food trucks they should be required to provide electrical hook-up to stop the generator noise. Some food trucks are obnoxiously loud.

Thank You For The Opportunity

I appreciate the opportunity to voice my opinion about the city zoning codes. However, I know I likely made some poor choices when filling out the survey due to my ignorance of the repercussions these choices would have on the larger picture. I do not like the idea of having tall structures or buildings along Broadway, but if it promotes better public transportation discourages some of the unattractive commercial buildings that we see around town, I might reconsider.

One of my more pressing concerns is the profusion of check cashing establishments in our area (Fountain City/North Knoxville). These "businesses" prey on the people in our city who are not financially stable or fall on hard times due to a crisis. I would like to see Knoxville tell these types of businesses that they are no longer welcome. There are numerous cities across the country that have banned or regulated the number of check cashing, pay day loan, and title pawn businesses. Knoxville should become one as well.

Design Standards

On page 5 of the survey (Design and Landscape Standards), I wanted to provide more details of my personal opinions. While design standards can be good, they can also severely limit the character of a place. I believe that the standards that could be introduced would be more along the lines of "You should plant 'this many' trees or have 'so many square feet' of landscaping. It should NOT restrict species, layout, or design of the landscape. The same principle applies to architectural elements. While there is good reason to require street-level storefront windows in certain development zones (corridor intersections to encourage street-front walkability and commerce), materials/design should NOT be prescribed. Architects and Landscape Architects should be given freedom to be creative. nnThe purpose of these rules would be to make sure we avoid the same mistakes made over the last 50 years with automobile-focused development, not prescribe uniformity throughout the city. Certain zones could or should require design elements to promote a healthy development, but should not prescribe every material/detail. That is where you counteract the character, vitality, and originality that new zoning codes would be trying to achieve. The most vibrant and memorable neighborhoods have diversity and character, not consistency.nnWe aren't trying to make cut-and-paste suburban housing tracts in our city centers, but active, healthy, and unique places for our residents to live, work, and play.

Sidewalks

Please make sidewalks mandatory.

Comment

Construction of Tiny houses and space should be allowed. This helps with different issues such as affordability and space.

Curbs And Gutters

While not specifically a zoning issue, I continue to be perplexed at the non-existent curbs and gutters in Knoxville, even on some of our most used and busy arterials. Why can't a substantial portion of the annual budget be designated to care for this?

Zoning

One of your stated missions is to recognize the growing changes in Knoxville demography. Current County land just south of the City boundary (south of Knob Creek (off Martin Mill); north of John Sevier Hwy.; east of Knoxville Hwy. (Hwy 33); and west of Chapman Hwy.) comprises increasing-density residential that allows outdated County-zoned (and dangerous) uses. Commercial firing-range for sighting of guns is allowed (high powered rifles). Commercial dump truck operation is allowed where loaded dump trucks run curvy Martin Mill Pike continuously. A lot of septic drainfields are old and, new and old, should be added to city septic.

This should be addressed but don't know if this review would include this.

One City

Why is Knoxville so segregated? We're a very diverse city, yet certain areas seems to be reserved only for the upper class. It has become popular to have some wealthy neighborhoods in underprivileged communities, such as 4th and Gill, however those families probably don't dare send their children to the failing public school. Most probably opt for a magnet school or private school. Our community members help determine the success of our schools. The school system can't be solely blamed for failure when the only family's they serve are facing some form(s) of disparity. If we could integrate our low income families to wealthier neighborhoods and encourage our wealthier families to move to communities other than Farragut, Karns, and Powell (and actually send their kids to the zoned public school) then perhaps we could truly thrive as one united city that can celebrate true diversity. We can't claim to want equality if we don't want those facing disparity to be our neighbor. Perhaps we need to rethink what determines property value. It's unfair that someone of low income can't afford the exact same house or apartment located in east knoxville if it were located in a neighborhood in west knoxville). Maybe business should be given incentives for opening up stores and offices along roads like Magnolia, Clinton highway, and Chapman Highway. I'm not sure about government making so many restrictions on someone's property, but it would be nice if these roadsides were kept up as well as Kingston Pike, Lovell Rd, and Emory Rd. Overall, I think our city needs to improve on being more integrated and cohesive.

Residential Development

Very displeased at the lack of opportunity for meaningful input when Wellsley Park Apartments were developed across the street (Wellsley Park Rd.) from our subdivision. City officials told us we would have an opportunity for input before site/building plans were approved, and some City officials did meet with us; but it was clear that by the time we were allowed input, the skids had already been greased and the developer's plans were merely a hair's breath away from approval. So our input was perfunctory only--officials at the City just checking off the box--without really listening to or considering our concerns. Among those were building height, traffic and parking, and landscaping. It was criminal that beautiful, mature birch and magnolia trees,which our subdivision had paid for years to maintain, were just bulldozed in constructing the apartments. No consideration was given by the developer to alternatives to save or transplant any of the existing beautiful landscaping along their side of Wellsley Park Rd. This should not be allowed to happen again. Thank you.

Additional Zoning Comments

Yes, I have a lot to add to the survey. I suggest the following for Knoxville:
1 - more careful zoning
2 - watch out for over building
3 - why no underground utilities? (oh, I know, they are more expensive.)
4 - too many cars, poor traffic control
5 - watch out... it's becoming a really ugly city
6 - residential areas should sty residential

Chapman Highway

Drive down chapman highway and look at it as a tourist would. It's not very attractive especially the area from the Henley street bridge through Colonial Village. Too many check cashing places. Can something be done about the old Park hotel building ? This is or was the gateway to the Smokies.

Sruvey

I applaud the City of Knoxville and the Metro Planning Commission on this survey. I am excited to see where our city and county go in the development of a walkable, livable, and more active downtown. I am not familiar with the current code, but it would seem to be advantageous to ensure mixed-use buildings and adaptive reuse receive the highest priority. Perhaps the most pressing issue hindering downtown's growth is its copius amount of surface level parking. If there is any way to discourage owners from keeping these properties as wastes of space, or rewarding those who have decided to develop it into usable urban space, I would encourage it. Thank you for continuing to make a better urban life for the residents of our area.

Historical Overlays

I have lived in my house for around 14 years. Fourteen LONG years in relationship to dealing with the Historic Overlay. For every repair I have done it has been a mostly stressful and painful process-in spite of the fact that everything I have done was costly, above and beyond what was required, and only added to the preservation of this property. To me the system is tedious, disjointed and feels like it punishes the people who take on these houses. There are also unrealistic expectations and definitions about what it means to "preserve" something. If we do not reset this system these houses will become too costly and much to stressful to maintain. Materials and people to do the work are becoming harder and harder to find and when time is of the essence when a repair needs to be made-it runs the risk of more damage occurring while boards argue over appropriateness. Contractors do not have time to go before boards to seek approval and homeowners may not use the proper language to get approval. Each neighborhood is unique, each house built with the particular tastes of the original owner. To impose overly specific stylistic standards uses much to broad a brush and many times may be incorrect anyway as personal tastes came into play when homes were originally built and may've been changed over the years by original owners. I have followed the endless loop of paper trails, fees* and time wasted while I waited and watched my place on the contractors schedule get lost only to end up at the beginning of the process to be able to do what I'd intended in the first place. *FEES-some of these serve no purpose other than to support the office of the Historic Zoning Commission. I was forced to pay an extra fee just to replace my gutters. I upgraded the gutters, by the way, because of the horrible storms we'd been having, which is why they were being replaced and when I was given the window of time allowed before my permit would expire I had to explain the obvious-"The gutters will be replaced when we have several dry days and the contractor is available.To do so any other time may cause damage to my property." Such a ridiculously common sense fact should never be an issue.

I love my house and my neighborhood but I will never buy another home under Historic Overlay-PERIOD.

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A few things I would like to see in Knoxville and the surrounding area:
1. Decreased parking lot sizes. These seas of empty asphalt are unsightly and never full.

2. More undeveloped green space. We seem to build a ball field or some structure that only a few will use on land that all could enjoy if left natural and green.

3. Box stores: demolish and make a green space on land occupied by all the essentially abandoned eyesores like the former KMART stores on Kingston Pike.

4. Please stop allowing the ugly building of crammed in houses. Ebenezer Rd has 2 new, one street developments in which houses are packed in. This is totally out of character with the neighborhoods in this area.

5. We could preserve our green space if old, ugly buildings were torn down and replaced with nice, newer ones instead of taking open land for new development.

6. Krutch Park in downtown: a peaceful oasis in a sea of noise and concrete. The "art" there ruins the park. PLEASE keep it uncluttered and natural! Not all of us appreciate the weird, brightly-colored metal structures that crowd an otherwise beautiful and special place. The bears scattered about downtown a few years ago were enjoyable and unexpected but Crutch Park is just plain ugly with what is there now.

Make Knoxville More Attractive

There is so much talk of Knoxville becoming a second-tier city, and we are on so many "best of" lists. We need to improve our infrastructure and overall appeal to keep up with this. Most of Kingston Pike is hideous, especially as you travel through west Knox. I strongly support sign and landscaping improvements. We should use cities like Charleston and Charlotte as examples. Thank you for the opportunity to provide input.

Too Little Parking Required New Commercial Development

I've noticed that that new commercial developments especially on Broadway in Fountain City, don't have adequate parking. These locations include the ones w that have Panera Bread, Fed-Ex, Chop House, Salsaritas and the newest one next to Chick-Fillet. It's difficult to find a parking space at certain times of the day.

Sustainabilty

Codes should discourage urban sprawl and encourage infilling as much as possible. Also, stormwater is a huge issue that needs to be carefully addressed in all development proposals. More bike routes to connect residential areas with downtown.

More Code Suggestions

Don't rezone schools, when you rezone your schools you're taking families out of their neighborhoods.Example if you live in SOUTH KNOXVILLE in 1991 they the school board rezoned, South Young, and we had a good school, South Young, and they rezoned it became South Doyle, and was moved out to the county, and Doyle High School was joined as South-Doyle High School ever since.

When you move schools out of their neighborhoods, you make hardships on families, then you have to transport them by buses out of their neighborhoods, and if the principal wants to talk with a parent and that school is across town, out of their neighborhood, then its a hardship on the parent .

I OPPOSE REZONING SCHOOLS

Zoning Comment

I just filled out the survey.

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.

Property Rights

You have nothing about personal property rights. You are going down the wrong path.

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I think that sidewalks and walkability around the city are crucial, especially in neighborhoods where people live and need to have a safe place to walk along the street. They should be well-lit, regularly patrolled, and have crosswalk buttons. I've seen so many people almost get hit or cause an accident trying to walk along or cross Chapman Hwy. An emphasis should also be placed on connecting existing sidewalks within neighborhoods where there are gaps. My husband and I like to take walks around our neighborhood, and there are areas where we have to walk through people's yards because the sidewalk ends and then doesn't start again until a quarter mile up the road.

A Request To Consider Strengthening Form-based Code

I would like to see stronger formal standards in the form based codes to (1) ensure quality development, and (2) drive mixed use development in the redevelopment districts. I see too much leeway in the standards that allows a "race to the bottom" mentality to prevail. For example, if a material standard includes the language "or other similar material," 10 out of 10 developers are going to use a lower quality material. Furthermore, looking at Baptist Hospital, I think a huge opportunity was missed to create a vibrant, "downtown-feeling," mixed-use development. While the vision plan and code may have given the impression that any eventual development of the site would be meet this vision, the formal standards in the code were unable to deliver on that. I am also disconcerted by the fact that the City is willing to variance the Code into oblivion for the larger developments. I am in favor of having a very strong and more substantive form-based code, and I would like the City be more faithful to the standard for granting variances in the redevelopment districts.

Improvements To Knoxville

More sidewalks! More trees! More renewable energy! More mass transit routes and options! Mixed use zones for residential + commercial! More bike lanes! More green spaces for public use! I love the direction we are heading, and I love Mayor Rogero - keep up the great work and continue improving our city!

Rental Property In Residential Neighborhoods

I would like a conversation concerning absentee landlords in residential neighborhoods, or anywhere for that matter. Run down properties and dead beat renters are currently affecting the property value in my neighborhood. I would just like to see some accountability for landlords that have no interest in our neighborhoods. Thank you!

Chapman Hwy Corridor

As a longtime resident of SoKno, I constantly have to explain to people who visit me about how bad the Chapman Hwy corridor looks. When they arrive in Colonial. Village, they are impressed by the beauty. I wish that zoning could make the building owners cleanup, paint and generally keep up the area. We have talked about this for years, yet nothing is done! Maybe zoning is the answer!!

Additional Recode Comments

Some friends and I met up to discuss the rezoning survey and came away with a few questions and recommendations:

-We need education on zoning in general, even as design professionals we?re not clear how zoning, sector plans, small area plans, and others work together. For example, does this zoning overhaul take into account the corridor plans the city has already developed with public input?

-Overall, what can zoning do to promote equity and affordability throughout Knoxville?

-Accessory Dwelling Units seem to be a great tool for combating affordability issues. However, we were concerned how the question on the survey was worded as it sounds like those accessory units would be regulated to family only (children and elderly parents.) Does that mean that renting of those units would be regulated? If so, that doesn?t help the affordability aspect.

-Can affordable housing minimums be mandated along corridors that are being redeveloped. It makes most sense to put affordable housing on the main bus routes. So can it be incentivized to build it where the city is spending the most money on redevelopment?

-Can rent stabilization programs be part of zoning? Or is that another process? A good example is Ian Lockwood and Toole Design Group?s work in West Palm Beach, Florida.

-Can grants or low-interest loans for home repair be part of zoning? Or is that another process?

-Can transit and bikes be part of zoning? Or is that another process?

-We like the idea of neighborhood identity but does that pigeonhole a neighborhood into never changing?

-Can parking requirements be more flexible? Like shared parking, or requirements for multiple parking lots to be linked so that cars don?t have to enter and exit the corridors multiple times to go to one store to the next (something like a sub-network of streets.)

These are all questions we discussed, I?m not expecting an answer to all of them immediately but these are the types of things we would like to see addressed (or know if they can be addressed in the Recode Zoning)

Thanks for taking public opinion into account.

To Whom It May Concern,

I am a mother of 2. Would like to see more Jobs with good pay in the east Knoxville community. House, business for community. I think so old the old building could be remodel for classes, after school program, dance center or etc. If we could get more positive things good paying jobs maybe east Knoxville crime rate will go down.

Signage

The city has gone overboard with sign regulation, governing out of fear of billboards and distractions to our scenic beauty so much so that it has paralyzed ALL signage. Those fears can be regulated and managed without stopping practically all signage. I am an adminstrator at a large church in the city that hosts and provides many community and educational functions for the neighborhood and city. Yet we have to resort to temporary vinyl banner signs to promote because of the fear of electronic billboards in the city. There should be a governmental/non-profit category that would allow information center boards with lots of rules/regulations about no scrolling/flashing, brightness, change rate, etc. but still be ALLOWED. Much like the Knoxville Convention Center message board, more of a power point type display with full color and decent resolution. This category could include the grandfathered Civic Coliseum and the Convention Center and be used by churches and Boys/Girls Clubs, Knoxville Museum of Art, etc. We are not selling cigarettes or lottery tickets but providing information to the community for the betterment of all.

This has become an emotional/political hot potato topic and it shouldn't be. Let us be a trial/test case. We have money in escrow from a generous donation for such a sign, but have been waiting for a break in the moratorium/no exceptions climate to seek our chance to put up such a sign. We would love to be a part of this conversation.

Sustainability | Utility Tie In | Local, Regional Resilience

I think Knoxville needs to do more to promote local and regional resilience to natural and man-made disasters, such as encouraging more household gardening (i.e. Victory Gardens) and edible landscaping (both in neighborhoods and shared green spaces). Other initiatives such as green roofs to help reduce urban heat signature and community gardens to help produce high quality, local food and promote a sense of place and belonging in urban areas that tend to foster a solitary lifestyle.

Access

I live on Highland Drive in the fountain city area. There is increasing traffic both in volume and driving well over the speed limit. There are no sidewalks. Highland ends @ Broadway which is another terrible blighted area for pedestrians. I realize sidewalks on Highland would be an expensive endeavor. What if Highland became a one way thoroughfare? There are plenty of connecting side streets that could lead to the adjacent streets which could flow in the opposite direction. One lane on Highland could be widened and the remainder could be cordoned by some type of post barrier to provide a walking/ bicycle way. This would provide access to Broadway for a huge number of residents. We would also have better access to our neighborhood Adair Park (one of the City's prettiest). This is thinking outside of the box, something I realize is tough for most government officials. Could this idea at least be shown to our wonderful Mayor for her consideration? We desperately need some help out here in the far Northern boundary of our fair city.

H1 In Parkridge

I don't know if there is any relationship between the type of data you are interested in and my thoughts on Parkridge. It seem that a small group of people are trying to represent the whole neighborhood in saying we need to adopt the H1 codes. The H1 would support the desires of those who already have nice property while putting struggling neighbors, who already have limited housing opportunities,at a disadvantage. I moved into this neighborhood because of the income and ethnic diversity, which would be compromised if we began prioritizing property over people. Most of our housing is not of a historic nature worthy of special protections, and I am grieved that a small number of people is trying to change the environment for others of us who have moved into invested in the neighbor looking for something different. Thank you.

Neighborhood Zoning

I moved to Knoxville from Austin. I love many things about Knx, but one is that it is still affordable. With any development, I want to make sure low-income residents are not only able to afford housing, but able to afford housing in desirable neighborhoods close to where they work and near public transportation. No one wants a skyline of cranes, but responsible development is good. I'd like to see more bike lanes and neighborhood beautification projects. I think small-scale business operations should be allowed in single-family zones, but should work with neighborhood associations and the community for input. For example, an urban farm, beauty shop, mechanic, etc. New businesses should have to meet landscaping requirements that include greenery. Perhaps this could be incentivized if the new business is small or in an area that is economically depressed. No McMansions. Thanks!

Helping Knoxville Grow

Regarding development and Greenspace, there is a need for additional signage on the Mountain Bike Trails in our great city whether on the trails or more notes on the maps. Regarding Landscaping, we want to insure the grass is cut so no neighbor has to deal with a resident who owns a property but rarely visits it and thus it is not maintained. The city of Knoxville should have a list of owners or neighborhood contacts, main contact number accessible through 311 if the landscape codes are violated often. There is a 2-3 week window to reach the violator, however, some residents or owners may not currently be reachable and when they return, they receive a bill from the City for having mowed their yard. I do not blame the City in any way and thank them. Responsibility involves checking on your property, possibly having a neighbor contact you if you live out of town. No one wants a neighbor with tall grass, weeds and all the insects and mosquitoes that may take up residence due to neglect in the city limits especially.Possibly, some of these suggestions can be incorporated into a new City Map if you design a new Map of Knoxville. With the National Bike Race that was in Knoxville this weekend.I believe we will have the National Bike Race here again in 2018 and 2019 and possibly this can be advertised more. We had great positive views from the recent race, now lets step it up Knoxville to have more of the "Tour De France "as the "Tour De Knoxville" supporting local businesses, out of town racers and the community. I would recommend to add distances for walking trails throughout the city starting with miles 1.0, 1.5, 2. 0 etc. Initially, depending on Budgets, it could be every 2.5 miles for signage or the trail length each way posted or add to maps. Possibly a 4H,Girl or Boy Scout, or Sorority Project. At Iams, people with dogs, bag up their stools and leave the bagged stools on the side of the trail. Possibly, a few more trashcans or an incentive to return it to the beginning or end of the trail noted on the trail map. Caution: We are thankful, responsible pet owners do bag it up. As a pet owner, knowing your dogs digestive trac will help when they have stools. For example, beagles have a 5 hour trac. Congratulations to all our Mayors, City Staff & Employees, Businesses, Farmers Markets, City Events and the people who work, live, donate and make Knoxville what it is today. Remember, we grow, you grow, we all benefit. For residents who do not work and want to help the City, you may wish to get out and Volunteer for an area you enjoy. Support your local and Small businesses with shopping to keep them here. Too much on-line shopping, does not help our beautiful city. Knoxville and TN has done better than other cities and States through the recession because locals reinvest in Knoxville and in TN. Walk the Mall on a rainy day for exercise and possibly to buy something to help grow Knoxville's tax dollars to help pay for making Knoxville an even better city. Enjoy the Outdoor Benefits! Welcome visitors who also grow our TAX dollars by staying in local Hotels and eating at our Restaurants. Knoxville has more restaurants per capita than any other city.

And of Course, we have the VOLS!

Recode Knoxville

Appreciate the opportunity to say how much I appreciate that Knoxville is moving toward a much higher walkability scale. And adding a focus in keeping our beautiful trees too.

Infill Housing

I would love to see infill housing that encourages alternative inexpensive living arrangements. Many city lots could contain 2 "tiny" or shotgun homes. Some examples of these have been in existence for 100 years. See: single lot on Woodbine with two old shotguns. I can get the address. It takes nothing away from our historicity to allow this to occur again.

Trees & Power Lines

KUB trims the trees along the side of the roads and cuts a lot of the trees in half because of the power lines. I understand the reasons for this but you can clearly see that the remainder of the tree that is left is now a hazard to the community. Perhaps the answer is to re due the power lines in heavily populated ares underground.

Keep Knoxville A Community Type Enviroment

Knoxville, is a growing city that has maintained a community type environment. I hope to see the redevelopment of existing structures, new green areas, more bike and walking trails to connect communities. Develop Knoxville in much the same way the downtown area is being redeveloped. Provide incentives for developers to use local business to build and construct, keep the money in our area.

More Sustainability

I was very excited when I saw a whole section in the survey for "sustainability." But we need more! There should be credits and/or incentives for new and old buildings to incorporate greener building practices and design buildings that use less energy (LEED). If there are any current zoning codes that restrict the use of solar panels, solar water heaters, rain barrels etc. in residential or commercial areas, these codes should be revisited. Homeowners and commercial sites should be able to generate their own energy and use natural resources to help fuel their lives.

Work At Home

Code should be modified to allow work at home provisions regardless of the zoning provided no adverse impact on those living within the neighborhood including no additional traffic, no additional on-street parking, no additional visible storage or equipment on the property or along the street, no additional noise created by the business.

Not sure if noise provisions are currently incorporated in zoning. If not they should be.

I'm also not sure what provisions are currently incorporated to define and eliminate nuisances.

Zoning

Of recent interest to me is utility poles. We are beginning to have an epidemic of double poles and in some case triple poles as non electric lines fail to move to replaced poles. In many cases there has been no change in poles replaced multiple years ago. A solution needs to be found to resolve this issue. I would recommend credits back to the landowner of the double pole location paid for by the non- moved lines.

Second, Is there any zoning regulations for the colors attached to utilities lines. AT&T is placing orange tags all over the city which are ugly. Who is to stop somebody from putting fluorescent yellow or purple next. If they are covered by zoning regulation and have not gotten permission please have them stop. The colors are for AT&T convenience. Black with white letters would work just as well.

It might be nice to remind the citizens and law enforcement about the laws associated with obstructing a sidewalk.

Additional Comments

This is your chance to really make a positive impact on the future of our community. I have a Master's Degree in Bioregional Planning, but got too depressed by the field- essentially just bowing to developers, so I know a little bit of what you're up against. It's a delicate balance.

I bought a new house in an old neighborhood 9 years ago and ride my bike to work every day. Infill development is critical- sometimes it happens from developers like it did in my case, but most often it needs to be encouraged and incentivized. Mixed use is key. Connectivity. Sidewalks, bike lanes or at least shoulders or bikeable roads, greenways. Do what needs to be done to make transit a more viable option for people. Developers need to pay into the infrastructure and should be required to have sidewalks or other connectivity. Limit dead-ends. People should have options of how to get to home and to work etc- both in terms of mode of transport, and in terms of which direction to take- not only one way in and one way out which is far too common in Knoxville and every community in this country.

Thanks for your efforts.

I'm happy to help how I can.

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