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1/13 UPDATE: City Council vote was postponed.  Vote now scheduled for 1/26.

The undersigned are OPPOSED to the Rezoning from OP (Office Park) to RN-5, of property immediately adjacent to the St. Andrews subdivision and Jean Teague Greenway in West Hills.

(Knoxville-Knox Co. Planning Commission File # 12-A-20-RZ; Street Address of Property: 8300 E. Walker Springs Ln.  Applicant: Taylor Forrester O/B/O The Offices at St. Andrews, LLC)

For the following reasons, we ask you to DENY this Rezoning at City Council’s meetings on January 12 and 26, 2021:

  • A large apartment complex is not compatible where immediately adjacent to single-family homes.
  • A landscaped buffer cannot effectively overcome the negative impact of an inappropriate use.
  • The drawings submitted with the zoning application are not binding in any way.  If rezoned to RN-5 as proposed, the property can be developed with over 400 dwelling units with NO FURTHER PUBLIC REVIEW BY A PUBLIC BODY.
  • In 2005, Mr. Smith requested rezoning this property from Planned Residential (PR) to Office (O), stating that Office zoning was better for the adjacent St. Andrews single family neighborhood. The St. Andrews Homeowners’ Assn. and the West Hills Community Assn. supported the 2005 rezoning and support keeping the appropriate Office zoning on this property. The 2005 Planning Staff recommendation states: “The proposed office use will provide an appropriate transition between the residential area to the north and the interstate right of way to the south.”
  • There is a much lower activity level with offices on weekends and evenings, as compared with the activity level of a large multi-family development.
  • The Planning Staff’s December 2020 report states:  “There have been no recent, significant changes in this area that would prompt a rezoning.” Therefore, this rezoning request fails to meet the Knoxville Zoning Ordinance’s legally required standard that must be met in order to rezone property, and must be denied. 

Thank you for your support of Knoxville neighborhoods!