Historic Zoning Commission
Design Review Board
Confirmed by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Planning Commission is an advisory board comprised of 15 citizens—seven appointed by the City Mayor and eight appointed by the County Mayor.
These volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and represent a broad spectrum of community interests and concerns. They serve staggered four-year terms without compensation and may be re-appointed.
Meetings are 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 June of each year or as determined by the chair.
Knoxville and Knox County Historic Zoning Commissions evaluate projects proposed in local Historic Overlay districts.
Historic Zoning Commissions (HZC)
Work of the commissions is intended to stabilize or improve property values by encouraging rehabilitation and new construction that is harmonious with the area. The commissions review applications to repair, alter, rehabilitate, relocate, or demolish properties; review proposed new construction; and identify properties for local or National Register of Historic Places designation.
Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 am in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building.
Proposals for private and public development in Knoxville’s center city are examined by the Downtown Design Review Board.
Design Review Board
Beginning August of 2020, the group also reviews applications for infill housing in Edgewood Park, Lonsdale, and Oakwood/Lincoln Park neighborhoods for conformance with the Heart of Knoxville Infill Housing Guidelines. The goal of the review board is to foster attractive and harmonious development and rehabilitation of the downtown area and to ensure infill development is architecturally compatible with the neighborhood, fosters neighborhood stability, creates pedestrian-oriented streets, and meets a wide range of housing needs.
Meetings are the third Wednesday of every month at 4:00 pm in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building.
The Tennessee Technology Corridor Development Authority and its design guidelines ensure aesthetic quality and environmental conservation for developments within the Technology Overlay zones of the city and county.
Tennessee Technology Corridor Development Authority (TTCDA)
Meetings are held at 4:00 pm in the Small Assembly Room of the City County Building on the Monday preceding the regular monthly meeting of the Planning Commission.
An appointed executive director and professional staff work in all divisions: Planning Services; Information Services; and Transportation Planning. The executive director appoints division managers to lead Planning's major departments and to oversee staff.
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.