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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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Property Rights

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

I just filled out the survey. 1) dramatically reduce parking required2) mandate and retrofit neighborhood connectivity, especially for pedestrians3) require sidewalks everywhere4) require road design standards that force slow traffic. Require developers build calm streets in the first place. 25mph MAXIMUM design speed.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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Additional Zoning Comments

Yes, I have a lot to add to the survey. I suggest the following for Knoxville:1 - more careful zoning2 - watch out for over building3 - why no underground utilities? (oh, I know, they are more expensive.)4 - too many cars, poor traffic control5 - watch out... it's becoming a really ugly city6 - residential areas should sty residential
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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Comment

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

Please make sidewalks mandatory.
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