The first of those meetings was a Recode Knoxville Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting, held in the City County Building, where Mayor Rogero, City Council and the Stakeholder Committee reviewed the proposed changes together. Thirty-five community members joined for the presentation (included below) and a question and answer session.
Later in the week, a presentation was given to the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors and the Chamber of Commerce, and a community meeting was held (view the recording below).
Staff also participated in the 2018 City of Knoxville Neighborhood Conference, where there was an information booth and a workshop that attendees could sit in on to learn more. These opportunities allowed nearly 175 community members to review a summary of the draft, ask questions and provide comments.
The initial draft is more transparent, predictable and consistent than the current ordinance. This has been achieved through several updates to the document’s organization, processes, and procedures. Examples of this include:
- Better organization through illustrations, matrices, definitions, standardized rules of measurement, zoning uses tables, and more;
- Alignment and integration of the newly adopted parking regulations and form based code;
- Adoption of a more generic use approach;
- Use of standards to regulate impacts;
- Uses tailored to districts;
- Inclusion of temporary uses and permits;
- Reorganization of districts;
- Inclusion of permitted encroachments table;
- Inclusion of landscape requirements chapter;
- Replacement of use on review with special uses;
- Creation of a new planned development process; and
- Modification of all nonconforming situations.
MPC and Camiros are encouraging community members to review the first draft and submit comments. Several groups and organizations are hosting meetings throughout the month of April, and all are open to the public. A series of open houses, hosted by MPC and led by the Camiros consultant team, is scheduled for the week of May 14. MPC and City staff encourage those interested in the project to attend these meetings to learn more and to submit comments by May 21. The feedback received will help shape the second draft, which is expected this summer.