Infill Housing Overlay
At the association meeting of January 23, 2007, Anne Wallace from the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) presented information about the infill housing overlay process. The meeting was well attended and a motion carried to put the matter to a vote at the next meeting. At the February meeting the vote was unanimously in favor of requesting the infill overlay, and after MPC and City Council performed their process of notifications, public hearings and so forth, we got our overlay. (Overlay map)
An infill overlay means that new housing and changes to existing housing that are visible from the road (porches, parking pads, garages, etc.) are submitted to a design review to assess whether they will blend in with the rest of the neighborhood in the most critical ways. A committee reviews construction plans to see that the design is appropriate for the immediate area (to be determined block by block). According to Ms. Wallace a shotgun house would be appropriate new housing on a block where there are shotgun houses, but probably inappropriate where every other house on a block is a ranch style. The desired outcome is not that every street look stamped out by cookie-cutter—variations are encouraged—but that a neighborhood’s characteristics can be stable.
The Infill Housing Design Review Committee reviews the applications (required before the property owner can obtain a building permit). The committee members are from MPC, Community Development Division, Plans Review and Inspections, Engineering, and the East TN Community Design Center. They have 30 days to answer the application following these guidelines and appeals can be made before the full MPC and the City Council.
Other Zoning Information
Most of the neighborhood is zoned R-1 or R-2. For information on zoning regulations, see the Metropolitan Planning Commission website. You can see a zoning map on KGIS KnoxNetWhere; search by address.