Generally, rezonings are justifiable under one of the following three circumstances:
Applying for Rezoning
To complete the application you need to know:
The MPC staff will assist you in completing the form. Your application must be submitted 32 days prior to the MPC monthly hearing. You may extend the deadline by two weeks by paying double the regular filing fee.
If your property is in the City of Knoxville, you may be required to request an amendment to the One Year Plan before filing the rezoning request. MPC staff will help you determine if this is necessary. An additional fee is charged for plan amendment requests which are only considered by MPC in January, April, July and October of each year.
Knoxville’s One Year Plan is intended to ensure that the zoning for every piece of land in the city conforms with long range development plans adopted by the City Council.
If the rezoning request is consistent with the goals and policies of these adopted plans, then the planning staff will most likely recommend the rezoning. If the request is in conflict or has a potential for harming the surrounding area, the staff may recommend denial. In forming these judgments, the staff is obligated to consider the health, safety, and welfare of the total community as well as the desires of the applicant and neighbors.
A written staff report is prepared for each request and mailed to the applicant on the Friday prior to the MPC hearing. These reports are also available to the general public at that time.
Denied rezoning requests are closed matters, unless the petitioner appeals the decision to City Council or County Commission, a procedure that requires an additional filing fee and takes up to two months to complete. All appeals are filed at MPC’s Development Services Division, where the staff forwards the necessary information to the City of Knoxville Law Department or the Knox County Commission Office. Appeals must be filed within 15 days of MPC’s action for City requests, and within 30 days for County requests.
Zoning requests recommended for approval are placed on the agenda of City Council or County Commission for final action.
MPC can also vote to postpone a rezoning decision to a later date, or table it for an indefinite period of time.
City Council requires a 15-day public notice period before hearing the request. Also, except in emergencies, an approval by City Council requires two readings, normally at successive meetings. Final legislative action is effective 17 days after the second reading. Emergency ordinances are effective at once.
County Commission also requires a 15-day public notice period. Action on the rezoning is effective immediately upon a favorable vote on one reading.
County Metropolitan Planning Commission:
Knoxville Building Inspections Office:
Codes Administration Department:
Board of Zoning Appeals:
Board of Zoning Appeals:
City Council and Knox County Commission:
The information on this page is not a legal document. It does not replace or amend the existing regulations governing the rezoning process. Please consult the Zoning Ordinance for Knoxville, Tennessee and the Zoning Ordinance for Knox County, Tennessee, available at the offices of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, Suite 403, City County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, Tennessee.