More zoning changes before City Council

By Mike Steely

Senior Writer

Not unlike previous meetings of the Knoxville City Council, much of the agenda for Tuesday’s session involves zoning changes, many of them involving creating more housing inside the city.

A residential lot at 4813 Lonas Drive could change from RN-1 Single Family Residential to RN-3 General Residential Neighborhood, opening the lot to additional housing. A property at 7624 Sabre Drive may go from a no-zoning designation to RN-1.

The properties at 1800 and 1900 Vermont Avenue, currently zoned RN-4 Residential Neighborhood could change to RN-6 Multi-Family Residential. Property at 1927 Highland Avenue may go from Office designation to RN-6.

A lot at Zero Rowan Road may go from RN-1 to RN-2 and a lot at 4425 Lonas Drive may switch from RN-1 to RN-2.

One applicant is asking that a property at 1547 Clinch Avenue be changed from RN-5 General Residential to C-N, Neighborhood Commercial. Two lots on Victory Street may go from residential RN-4 to General Commercial in a request from developer Victor Jernigan.

In related property action, the council will discuss setting up a Historic or Neighborhood Conservation Overlay for Gibbs Drive in Fountain City from Essary Drive to Jacksboro Pike and west to Broadway.

The council may also vote to transfer ownership of the old Lyons View School property to the Mt. Pleasant Church, as requested by the city administration.

Property at 504 Richmond Avenue might be sold for $7,000 to the East Tennessee Housing Development Corporation as part of the Homemakers Program.

In other action, the mayor may be approved to seek a $1.25 million grant from the state with a $250,000 city match to improve and renovate bus stops. The Urban Wilderness may expand with donations of land at 650 E. Red Bud Road and 4507 Sevierville Pike.

Mary Vestal Park may get some improvements with $ 106,781 requested for a stream stabilization project there, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act grant. The Bluegrass Lake Stormwater project may get $987,500 from the same plan and the Cityview Greenway Connection Project could get $173,880.

Mayor Indya Kincannon is asking the council to approve the appointment of Ashley Ramos to the Knoxville Animal Control Board.