Special Use


Planning Staff Recommendation

Approve the request for a campground with a maximum of three (3) campsites in the locations depicted on the site plan and tent structures as proposed, subject to 11 conditions.


Property Info

Case Notes

What's next?

Applicant Request


Property Information

2413 Chimney Ridge Rd.

West side of Amherst Road, due north of Chimney Ridge Road

Council District 3

10.40 acres

Northwest County

Land Use Designation? LDR (Low Density Residential) & HP (Hillside Protection)

Currently on the Property
AgForVac (Agriculture/Forestry/Vacant Land)

Growth Plan

Case Notes


1. Meeting the requirements of the principal use standards for campgrounds (Article 9.3.C) of the City of Knoxville Zoning Ordinance.

2. Providing a detailed landscape plan to Planning Commission staff before permits are issued that shows the location and species of existing and proposed trees that will be used to meet the required Class B buffer yard per Section 12.8.

3. All new structures or improvements to the grounds that are used to support the campground operation must be reviewed and approved by Planning Commission staff. If staff determines that the proposal does not meet the intent of this approval, a new Special Use application may be required.

4. Operating the campsite as proposed by the applicant and outlined below, unless otherwise required by state and city regulations:

The min/max stays will be from 2-10 days.
Main amenities included are a privacy tent, metal grill with 3 legs, a picnic table and chairs, a trash can, and a toilet for use with a bag.
All items are stored inside 10'x12 tent and/or the 12'x16' wooden platform except for the table and chairs and grill.
Campers are limited to one vehicle per campsite (max 3 campsites).
Campers will park in the designated parking area and walk to their campsite.
Campers are responsible to leave the campsite in the condition found and are required to take their trash with them unless they prepay a trash disposal fee.

5. Motorhome RVs and trailer campers shall be not be permitted.

6. No access to the site shall be provided from Amherst Road via the adjacent properties to the north that are also owned by the applicant (parcels 092-06002 and 092-060), unless the access is improved as required by Knox County Engineering and Public Works and the railroad company that owns the rail line that the current driveway crosses.

7. Meeting the requirements of Article 11 (Off-Street Parking) of the City of Knoxville Zoning Ordinance.

8. Providing a passing area at approximately the midway point of the driveway and a stabilized apron at the roadway.

9. Meeting all applicable requirements of the City of Knoxville Department of Plans Review and Inspections.

10. Meeting all applicable requirements of the City of Knoxville Department of Engineering.

11. Meeting all applicable requirements of the City of Knoxville Zoning Ordinance.

With the conditions noted above, this request meets the requirements of the AG zone, the principal use standards for campgrounds, and the criteria for approval of a special use.

What's next?

After the Planning Commission
Planning Commission decisions on Special Use (SU) cases are final unless appealed.

SU cases do not move forward to City Council unless the request is to remove a planned district designation from the zoning map.


Stephanie Walther