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Agency Overview

Knoxville-Knox County Planning (Planning) was established in 1956 by Knoxville and Knox County as the agency responsible for comprehensive county-wide planning and administration of zoning and land subdivision regulations and remains so today, except for the town of Farragut. Funding for Planning activities comes primarily from city and county appropriations and from federal grants for specific studies.

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Boards, Commissions, and Case Updates

Meeting schedules, up-to-date case info, agenda updates, and minutes are available for the following boards and commissions staffed by Knoxville-Knox County Planning.

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East Knox Community Plan

East Knox Community Plan will build upon and enhance existing plans for the area by developing a community vision and identifying a variety of tools to achieve this vision. By using existing plans, and assessing other planning themes not previously addressed in those plans, the East Knox Community Plan will help the community and its stakeholders plan for the future.

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Gov. John Sevier Scenic Highway Corridor Study

This study will develop policy recommendations to protect rich historic assets, rural character and scenic qualities of the corridor.

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Hardin Valley Mobility Study

Knoxville-Knox County Planning and Knox County have partnered to examine existing transportation conditions and future needs in the Hardin Valley area. The study will prioritize improvements with the goal of maintaining mobility and addressing safety for people using different types of transportation.

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Historic Preservation in Knoxville and Knox County

The City of Knoxville and Knox County each have a Historic Zoning Commission, made up of individuals appointed to five-year volunteer terms. These bodies encourage the preservation of historic sites and areas and the integration of historic facilities into other plans. They review applications for building permits for construction or demolition within designated historic zones. 

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Oakwood Neighborhood Overlay

In September 2016, Knoxville City Council requested that Knoxville-Knox County Planning make a recommendation about a Historic or Neighborhood Conservation zoning overlay for the area.

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Staff Support

Urban areas like Knoxville and Knox County operate through the interworkings of many groups: profit and nonprofit, government and private, elected and appointed, paid and volunteer. Knoxville-Knox County Planning is a major player among these.

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Tennessee Scenic Highway and Parkway

Scenic Highway and Parkway legislation establish a set of regulations for a system of highways with natural scenic beauty and historical significance across the state.

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