City Land Use Classifications

Refer to the appropriate Sector Plan for land use classifications in Knox County.

City of Knoxville

City Zoning Districts
Location Criteria
Permitted Zones

High Density Residential

This land use is residential in character with a density greater than 24 dwelling units per acre. Primary land uses included in this class are medium and high-rise attached multi-family developments. There should be an emphasis on aesthetics, open space and recreation in planning such developments.
  • Locate on a major collector or arterial street near employment centers and major retail shopping districts
    Locations should be convenient to highways, central business districts, or other major activity centers
    Site with less than 10 percent slopes
    Along corridors with transit and sidewalks
RN-1, RN-2, RN-3, RN-4, RN-5, RN-6, RN-7, DK

Mixed Use Regional Center

These are envisioned to be highest intensity mixed use centers with housing densities over 24 dwelling units per acre. Downtown Knoxville?s Central Business District is a regional mixed use center.
  • Flat terrain (generally less than 10 percent slopes)
    Currently served by or planned to be served by sidewalks and transit
    The location does not include auto and truck-oriented uses such as industrial, strip commercial and warehouse/distribution uses unless the proposal calls for a redevelopment of such areas
    On a major arterial, adjacent to an interstate highway or adjacent to downtown
OP, C-G, C-H, C-R, DK

Mixed Use Urban Corridor

This land use consists of urban streets that have potential for redevelopment and vertical mixed uses such as shops on the ground level and apartments above. Commercial cores or nodes should be created along these corridors. Nodes should not be more than 4 blocks.
  • Corridors should be served by or planned to be served by sidewalks and transit
    On streets designed or planned for redesign with street trees, on-street parking, and other streetscape amenities
    On streets capable of sustaining on-street parking along corridor or along side streets
C-G, C-H, I-MU, DK, SW, CU