Tag Archives: Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission

Sidewalks in neighborhoods would be a good start

Wendy Smith
Government/Politics columnist

Those Who Pay Attention know that the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission has been working on new subdivision requirements. The final draft was on this month’s MPC agenda, but staff requested a one-month postponement to allow for more public input.

This was primarily because the first draft of the document included language that required sidewalks to be installed on one side of the street in new city and county subdivisions while two subsequent drafts did not.

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For planning to stick, communities must step up

Wendy Smith
Government/Politics columnist

Like most responsible adults, my life is crazy, so I start my day with a prioritized list. In theory, this keeps me from getting distracted and spending all day watching “Parks and Recreation.”

Planning is important. If we think things through ahead of time, we’re less likely to make rash decisions and more likely to achieve our goals.

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Sternberg property back to MPC on Thursday

Sandra Clark
Editor

The 37-acre tract on Emory Road adjacent to the Powell Branch Library is back on the planning commission’s agenda for rezoning. MPC meets at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the City County Building.

Now zoned for mixed use – residential and commercial – the owner, Dr. Jim Sternberg, wants a more traditional commercial zoning.

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Majority of commissioners in favor of Midway

Wendy Smith
Government/Politics columnist

A survey of Knox County Commissioners revealed that most either favor or are leaning toward approving a zoning change that would allow for the creation of Midway Business Park in deep East Knox County.

Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission recommended a sector plan amendment and rezoning of the proposed 345-acre business park at its Nov. 12 meeting. A vote on both requests from the Development Corporation is scheduled for a vote Dec. 21 by Knox County Commission.

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