Throughout the project, we’ll post questions and comments that have been submitted on comment cards collected at community meetings, sent via email or submitted via the website.
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January 4, 2019
Over the past days I was reviewing the 4th version on Recode and would like to ask why Materials are excluding from being used in zones? I strongly disagree with any exclusion of materials. Having just worked on a project in Muscle Shoals, AL recently there was a material exclusion and it was going to cost the owner 40% more for his typical building by changing material. We went in front of City Council and they understood our issue and allowed the material.
How do you think Sequatchie Concrete Services on Sutherland Avenue in Knoxville would feel if CMU is exclude as a material in the city they do business in? Or what about other companies located in Knoxville that makes a forbidden material are you wanting them to leave the area? That doesn’t make planning since. If you want better design this isn’t the way to go about it.
I ask that you exclude any building material references in the new zoning ordinance.
The restriction on materials was proposed by the consultants assisting with the zoning code update based on their experience in other cities and research done by them. We are still revising the materials restrictions to further reduce and clarify the restricted materials, with input from AIA-ETN. Please note that the restrictions are only for the facade that faces a public right-of-way and only in certain zoning districts. In the downtown district, the Downtown Design Review Board can waive the restriction on materials. In the other districts in which materials are restricted, they can still be used for up to 25% of the facade. Our goal is to ensure the ability to use a variety of materials in all structures.--Response from original poster:I appreciate your response and I have spoken with John Sanders the AIA representative and he was the one who told me to reach out to you. Limiting materials is not what a zoning ordinance should encompass. The Ordinance does not get updated very often as you can see with our current one. For example, you want to exclude plastics from commercial zones. I am the chair for the School of Architecture Deanâs Board, did you know we printed a House out of plastic? It won several awards nationally see the link https://web.ornl.gov/sci/eere/amie/. This technology will only grow. My point is materials constantly update and change, just look at the plastic house. Let architects decide the proper materials not planners.
January 4, 2019
Community Forum- Re: Request For Postponement Of Agenda Item 5, 11-a-8-oa
January 4, 2019
Kcdp Pac Comment Submission On Recode Knoxville Draft 3 Map And Draft 4 Text
January 3, 2019
January 3, 2019
January 3, 2019
C-g-2 Zoning Comments
Jonathan,Thanks for some very good comments. I will forward them to our consultants so that they can be considered and discussed as we prepare the next draft of the ordinance.Thanks for your interest in the Recode project.
January 2, 2019
Need Better Exterior Lighting Standards - Section 10.2
December 30, 2018
December 29, 2018
Thank You From Claiborne Pl
December 21, 2018
December 20, 2018
Thanks for your interest in Recode. In response to your comment:Please halt any zoning change to allow multi level structures in residential areas, like Clairborne st in Edgewood park neighborhood. The only way these structures can be built is to tear down some beautiful vintage houses along Claiborne tp make room for these structures and parking lots. This is a horrible idea to change the code to allow this. This code is very unfriendly to areas that are not designated historic zones. Those areas are protected from tiny lots & tiny buildings too. Isn't this discrimination to allow code changes like this in non historic zones? This density model needs to stay downtown where those who want density can live. Others like me prefer to have more green space from my neighbor. The Claiborne Place neighborhood and most of the Edgewood Park neighborhood, with the exception of existing multi-family developments, are designated RN-2 (single family residential zone) on the 3rd draft of the proposed zoning map. One of your neighbors (sorry I cannot remember her name) attended some meetings and also emailed to make us aware of the desire for single-family designation for the neighborhood. Thanks for your concern for your neighborhood.
December 19, 2018
December 19, 2018
Community Forum-- Request For Deadline Extension For Responses To Recode Draft 4 And Maps Draft 3-- 12-19-18
Community Forum requests that the deadline for comments to Recode Draft 4 and Maps Draft 3 be extended from January 4, 2019, to at least February 1 or February 15, 2019. Furthermore, we request that any decision regarding an extension be made quickly so that interested citizens can plan their holiday schedules.
Draft 4 to Recode and Draft 3 of the Maps went on line on Monday afternoon, December 17, 2018. The document is 287 pages long, and hard copies are not yet available.
We are concerned that the stated deadline for submitting comments for Draft 4 is January 4, 2019. There are two holidays and only 18 days between the December 17, online release of Draft 4 and the January 4, 2019, deadline. This timetable is not practical and makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for the public to review Draft 4 of Recode and Draft 3 of the Maps, and to submit comprehensive responses.
Community Forum, to date, has submitted timely and comprehensive responses to each Draft of Recode, totaling 55 topics, plus updated responses on the 14 original topics identified in Draft 1. We have made important contributions to this entire process. This is particularly true since March 21, 2018, when the first draft became available. Our Responses and extensive participation at public meetings and workshops have brought attention to many issues, both small and large, and have resulted in positive changes.
Most recently, we submitted a Response to Draft 3 on October 31, 2018, the original deadline for responses to be considered in preparation of Draft 4. Our response covered 23 topics, but was produced in a very rushed manner to meet the deadline, which was less than two weeks after we had a hard copy to work with.
The deadline was then extended to November 16, and we continued our review of Draft 3. We submitted a Supplemental Response on three additional topics on November 16. Continued review resulted in a second Supplemental Response on three more topics on December 5.
Our very quick on line review of Draft 4 shows an incredible amount of additions, deletions, and modifications from Draft 3. There is red and blue ink on many pages. It will take considerable time just to note the differences from Draft 3, not to mention the time required to compare changes from previous drafts and changes from the existing Ordinance and other documents. We need to determine whether our previously submitted topics have been adequately addressed in Draft 4. To produce a comprehensive written response on many new topics, similar to what we have done previously, will take considerably more time.
A January 4, 2019, deadline for comments to Draft 4, is just not realistic, if the objective is to allow adequate time for meaningful input. We urge that a more reasonable date of no sooner than February 1, 2019, be set to receive comments from the public. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on January 3, 2019. There are no other workshops or public meetings currently scheduled, to the best of my knowledge, to discuss what is in Draft 4 before the January 4, 2019, deadline.
The Community Design Center’s workshop is tentatively scheduled for February 1, 2019, with a snow date of February 5, 2019. I would expect that there will be many very important comments submitted on Draft 4 after that workshop. That alone would be a strong reason to set a comments deadline of February 15, 2019. It would seem prudent for City Council to delay holding its workshops until after revisions are made to Draft 4. The content of Recode continues to be a moving target with substantial changes appearing in each succeeding Draft.
Community Forum wrote to City Council on October 9, 2018, to share our concerns about the existing timetable that had Recode going to MPC in November for their recommendation, and to City Council in December for their consideration of adoption. See attached. That letter followed remarks that I made at the September 20, 2018, City Council workshop. At that time, the public had not even seen Draft 3. Thankfully, a consensus was quickly reached to change that timetable. Since that time, two more drafts to Recode and the Maps have been made public. There has been much public discussion and input since then, and that must continue.
It is clear that there is still much more work to be done by all who are involved with this massive undertaking to replace the Zoning Ordinance. An orderly process is required and cannot be rushed if we are to avoid total chaos going forward. The current timetable needs to be changed immediately.
Community Forum looks forward to working with City Council members and others, as we work together to produce a Zoning Ordinance that will have the support of the citizens of Knoxville. To achieve that objective, there must be meaningful community input and extensive discussion and debate on very specific topics.
Thank you for your consideration of this urgent request to extend the deadline for submitting comments to Recode Draft 4 and Maps Draft 3, and so that we can all have more time to observe and celebrate the upcoming holidays.
We look forward to a timely response to our request.
Larry Silverstein, Chairperson, Community Forum
December 13, 2018
Sw1 Removing Edu. Facility From The Last Draft
I hope the input to remove the educational facility from SW1 at the north neighborhood meeting was addressed in this last draft to MPC. Each SW 1 area has a school near or just outside of the areas. SW 1 only protection is to solely be residential as in the vision plan.