City Land Use Classifications

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

City of Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville (DK)

The O Office Zoning District is intended to provide for an environment of low intensity office and service uses, mixed with residential uses. The O District may additionally serve as a transition between single-family residential areas and more intensely developed commercial or industrial areas within the City of Knoxville.

City Zoning Districts
Location Criteria
Permitted Zones

High Density Residential

This land use is primarily characterized by apartment and/or mixed use development at densities greater than 24 dwelling units per acre.
  • On major collector and arterial streets, adjacent to regional shopping and major office districts (office sites allowing four or more stories); these sites must be identified in sector or small area plans
    Within the CBD or its adjacent areas, such as portions of the Morningside community
    Relatively flat sites (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. These districts should be served by sidewalk and transit systems and be located on a major arterial, adjacent to an Interstate highway or adjacent to downtown. Downtown Knoxville's Central Business District is a regional mixed use center.
  • Flat site (generally less than 10 percent slopes)
    Currently served by or planned to be served by sidewalks
    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

Several street corridors within the city have potential for redevelopment with a mix of retail, restaurants, office and residential uses. Commercial cores should be created at points (nodes) along these corridors, allowing a vertical mix of uses (for example, shops at ground level and apartments above); such nodes should not be more than four blocks long.
  • Corridors should have sidewalks, transit services, street trees and related beautification
    Capable of sustaining on-street parking along corridor or along side streets
C-G, C-H, I-MU, DK, SW, CU