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Policy Summary

Provides performance standards for urban agriculture uses, including beekeeping, backyard composting, hydroponics and aquaponics, and season extension structures such as low tunnels and cold frames, and high tunnels and green houses.

Background Information

State Tennessee
Jurisdiction Name Knoxville
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Provides education, promotes awareness, or provides information
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Surplus

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
No

Health-related goal?
Yes

See Art. I, Sec 3: "Whereas, the council of the City of Knoxville deems it necessary to exercise the power so granted in order to ...promote the health, safety, ...and welfare of the present and future inhabitants."

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
Yes

See Art. I, Sec. 3: "Whereas, the council of the City of Knoxville deems it necessary to exercise the power so granted in order to ...to promote the … prosperity and welfare of the present and future inhabitants."

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

"This section is meant to clarify additional setback and standards for uses related to urban agriculture." Sec. 25. See also, Art. I, Sec 3: "Whereas, the council of the City of Knoxville deems it necessary to exercise the power so granted in order to encourage the most appropriate use of land; to maintain and stabilize the value of property; to secure safety from fire, flood, panic, and other hazards; to prevent undue concentration of population; and to create a comprehensive and stable pattern of land uses upon which to plan for transportation, water supply, sewerage, schools, parks, public utilities, and other facilities; to promote the health, safety, morals, convenience, order, prosperity and welfare of the present and future inhabitants."

Includes definitions?
Yes

Art. II

Addresses implementation?
Yes

The ordinance includes responsibilities for the city building inspector, the planning commission, and the board of zoning appeals with regards to issuing building permits, reviewing applications, and hear and decide appeals, etc. Art VII, Sec 1.

Enforcement provisions?
Yes

"...penalties of a monetary fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00) and the repayment of administrative costs incident to the correction of the municipal violation in the amount of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) and/or imprisonment not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both, for each separate offense." Art. VII, Sec. 8.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Appendxia B-Zoning regulations, art. V-Supplementary regulations applying to a specific to several, or to all districts, § 25-Performace standards for urban agriculture. History: Ord. No. O-126-2015, § 19, 7-21-15