General Plan, Sector Plans, Special Reports, Small Area Studies, Corridor Plans, Rezonings, Subdivisions, Site Plan Review, Zoning Code Amendment, One-Year Plan Update, Customer Assistance, Address Assignment
The Planning Services Division studies community growth patterns and prepares plans that guide agency policy. Community facilities, neighborhood planning, and commercial corridors are part of the work of this division.
In addition, Planning Services staff partners with the city and county staff to administer zoning ordinances, county zoning resolution, and subdivision regulations. Applications for rezoning, use on review, subdivision and sector plan amendments are reviewed monthly and a recommendation regarding each application is prepared. Amendments to the One Year Plan are reviewed quarterly with recommendations made in April, July, October, and January. The department is responsible for published notices, posting of notices on property, and community meetings concerning pending applications. Staff assigns addresses for city and county streets and land parcels.
Library, Public Information, Demographic and Economic Data, Development Reports, Graphic Design, Website, Computerized Mapping (GIS)
This division provides the website, computer mapping, graphic design, public relations, and reference services to the agency. The Geographic Information System (GIS), a computerized database and mapping system operates from these divisions. Planning graphic design and publications are also part of the work. Keeping current statistics, reports, and maps is an integral activity of these divisions which closely coordinates with programs of citizen information and participation.
Transportation, Traffic Engineering, Title VI, Traffic Control Studies, Intermodal, Public Involvement
The Transportation Planning Division acts as staff to the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), a transportation planning board serving the urbanized area of Knox, Blount, Loudon, and Sevier counties. TPO is responsible for developing a twenty-year long range plan and a transportation improvement program in cooperation with the state and affected transit operators and the public.
The Executive Director
The Executive Director is a appointed by the City Mayor and County Mayor to fulfill assigned City Charter and state law responsibilities and tasks requested by officials of city and county government or their agencies.
The executive director oversees the work program and staff activities, works closely with public and private agencies to obtain input into planning studies, and serves as technical advisor to the Planning Commissioners and to the Board of County Commissioners and the City Council. The executive director appoints four division managers to lead Planning's major departments and to oversee a professional staff.
The Planning Library is a source and clearinghouse for all published information and reports. Citizens who need or desire information regarding population, housing, employment, transportation, and much more may avail themselves of the services of the library.
- Prepare and adopts a general plan
- Review subdivision regulations and site plans
- Prepare and recommends zoning ordinances and maps to the Knox County Commission and Knoxville City Council
- Review proposed zoning amendments
- Prepare a capital improvements plan for the City of Knoxville
The Planning Commission is comprised of 15 members: seven appointed by the Mayor of Knoxville and eight appointed by the Knox County Mayor and confirmed by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Commissioners serve four-year staggered terms, without compensation.
An appointed executive director and a staff of 35 work in all divisions: Planning Services; Information Services; and Transportation Planning. Transportation staff provide assistance to the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization that serves Knox and urbanized portions of Blount, Loudon, and Sevier counties. In addition, Planning works with the Knox County and Knoxville Historic Zoning Commissions.
The Planning Commission meets the second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room, City-County Building. Eight members constitute a quorum. The Commission's annual meeting is held in November of each year or as determined by the chair.