Reshaping Knoxville: A code for change

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- For the first time in nearly 60 years, Knoxville city leaders are attempting to update the city's zoning ordinances.

"Just like an old hospital where there's all these annexes, and it's hard to find your way around, because so much has been globed on over the years, that's what our zoning ordinances is like," Mayor Madeline Rogero said.

The mayor and council have worked with the planning commission and the public to bring the codes up to date in a project called Recode. It will address residential, commercial and industrial zones in the city.

"How do we clean up our code and make it more understandable," Rogero said. "What's our vision for the future, and how do we want our community to grow?"

In particular, the mayor said she see lots of opportunity for housing growth along major roads like Kingston Pike, Broadway and Chapman Highway.

"People who have businesses along a commercial corridor that also want to have residential above like on Cumberland Avenue," Rogero said. "More students are moving in now that the mixed use developments are going on. It's allowed there, but some places, it's not allowed."

It could be weeks before we see if Recode passes.

"We know we have to look at both opportunities for people of all incomes, all means and have a variety of housing stock, and that's what we're attempting to do," Rogero said.

The next Recode meeting with city leaders is scheduled for May 30, 2019.

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