Marble & Dirt

Providing insights on land use regulations in Knoxville and the greater East Tennessee area.

What is blight?

I find land use issues interesting.  This is true with urban development.  It may be even more true with urban disinvestment (and, even more particularly so, with attempts to reverse urban disinvestment). A term often employed in urban redevelopment conversations is “blight.”  In general, the word “blight” is used to ...
Frantz, McConnell & Seymour | FMS

Short-Term Rental Unit Act Gives Grandfather Protection to Some Short-Term Rentals in Tennessee

Earlier this year, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the Short-Term Rental Unit Act, which affects how local municipalities may regulate short-term rentals such as those often arranged through the use of online platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO. The Act does not affect how private agreements, such as HOA or ...

Recode Knoxville’s Proposed Zoning Map

Recode Knoxville’s first draft of a proposed zoning map for Knoxville was released today. The proposed map can be accessed here. If you would like to speak to Richard Graves on this or any other matter, he may be reached at (865) 546-9321 ...

Recode Decoded: Part II

The first revised draft of Recode Knoxville was released to the public yesterday. The revised draft includes substantive use revisions as well as revisions to some zoning procedures. Because the Internet always brings out the best in human discussions (I’m joking), I thought it fitting to discuss zoning, which is ...
Frantz, McConnell & Seymour | FMS

Recode Decoded

The Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission released this week the first draft of Recode Knoxville, a potential overhaul of Knoxville’s zoning ordinance. At least two more revisions to the draft are expected before the Knoxville City Council considers whether to adopt Recode Knoxville’s final product. At first blush, the draft ...
Frantz, McConnell & Seymour | FMS

First Recode Knoxville Draft Released

The first draft of a potential overhaul of Knoxville's zoning ordinance is now available for public review and comment. If you're involved in Knoxville's real estate industry, this is worth your attention. If you would like to speak to Richard Graves on this subject or another matter, he may be ...

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