City Land Use Classifications

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

Knox County

Business and Manufacturing (CB)

This zone provides for a wide range of business and manufacturing uses. The nature of such businesses is to attract large volumes of automobile and truck traffic and to have adverse effects on surrounding properties. Hence, they are not properly associated with, nor compatible with residential or institutional uses or with other uses that require an environment free of noise, odors and congestion. Uses permitted in the CB, Business and Manufacturing Zone are intensive users of roads, sewers and other public facilities.

City Zoning Districts
Code
Classification
Description
Location Criteria
Recommended Zoning By Growth Plan Area
One Year Plan Permitted Zones
CC

Community Commercial
CC

This land use includes retail and service-oriented development, including shops, restaurants, and what has come to be known as ?big box? retail stores; typical service area includes 20,000 to 30,000 residents. Community commercial uses may also be considered within community centers (see Mixed Use and Special Districts).
  • Locate at intersection of arterial streets
  • Sites should be relatively flat (under 10 percent slope) and with enough depth to support shopping center and ancillary development.
  • Vehicular and pedestrian connections should be accommodated between different components of the district (e.g. between stores, parking areas and out-parcel development)
  • Infrastructure should include adequate water and sewer services, and major arterial highway access
O, C-N, C-G, C-H
O, C-N, C-G, C-H
GC

General Commercial
GC

This includes previously developed strip commercial corridors providing a wide range of retail and service- oriented uses. Such land use classification and related zoning should not be extended because of the adverse effects on

traffic-carrying capacity, safety and environmental impacts. Redevelopment of commercial corridors, including mixed use development, should be accommodated under planned or design-oriented zones.
  • Existing commercial areas
O, OP, C-G, C-H, C-R
O, OP, C-G, C-H, C-R
HI

Heavy Industrial
HI

Typically older industrial areas used for the heavy manufacturing and assembling of goods. Heavy industrial uses include processes used in the production of steel, automobiles, chemicals, cement, and animal by- products and are viewed as clearly not compatible with areas designated for residential, institutional, office and retail uses.

Quarry operations and asphalt plants are a particular form of heavy industrial, generally located in rural areas. Substantial landscaped buffers are expected between uses of lesser intensity, particularly residential, office and agricultural uses.
  • Existing industrial areas
  • Within one mile of an interstate interchange with access via standard major collector or arterial streets
I-H, I-G
I-H, I-G
LI

Light Industrial
LI

Typically older industrial areas used for the light manufacturing, assembling, warehousing and distribution of goods. Light industrial uses include such manufacturing as assembly of electronic goods and packaging of beverage or food products.

Substantial landscaped buffers are expected between uses of lesser intensity, particularly residential, office and agricultural uses.
  • Existing industrial areas
  • Within one mile of an interstate interchange with access via standard major collector or arterial streets
I-MU, I-RD, I-G
I-MU, I-RD, I-G
MU-CC

Mixed Use Community Center
MU-CC

These centers are envisioned to be developed at a moderate intensity with a variety of housing types.

The core of the district, with its predominant commercial and office uses, should be within ? mile of the higher intensity residential uses (such as townhouses and apartments). The district should be located within a ?-mile radius of an intersection of the thoroughfare system (a collector/arterial or arterial/arterial intersection). In addition to sidewalks, the district should be served by transit. Redevelopment of vacant or largely vacant shopping centers are considerations for these centers.
  • Flat terrain (slopes generally less than 10 percent)
  • Areas 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
  • Within a ?-mile radius of an intersection of the thoroughfare system (a collector/arterial or arterial/arterial intersection)
  • Commercial/office core should be within ? mile of the higher intensity residential uses (e.g. townhouses and apartments)
O, C-G, C-H
O, C-G, C-H
RS

Regional Commercial
RS

This land use includes retail and service-oriented development that meets the needs of residents across Knox County and surrounding areas.

Development typically exceeds 400,000 square feet; malls have been a typical form and ?life- style centers? (e.g. Turkey Creek) are examples of regional-oriented commercial uses. Regional commercial uses may also be considered in Regional Centers (see Mixed Use and Special Districts).
  • Flat sites (under 10 percent slope)
  • Locate near interstate interchanges with major arterial highway access
  • Water, sewer, natural gas utilities and stormwater systems should be capable of handling the development
  • Vehicular and pedestrian connections should be accommodated between components of the development
OP, C-H, C-R, I-MU
O, OP, C-H, C-R, I-MU