So after a two-month fear campaign by developers and the Chamber, County Commission on Monday narrowly voted down the Ridgetop/Hillside Protection Plan. But that 6-5 vote doesn't mean it's quite dead yet. The plan was drawn up by a joint city-county task force, and City Council has yet to weigh in on it. Who knows what message Council members will take from all the fuss and bother on the county side, but if you want to see which way they're leaning, they're holding a workshop at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.
If you haven't read the plan, it's available on the website of the Metropolitan Planning Commission (knoxmpc.org), which approved the document in December. Some developers and the Chamber argue that it is overly restrictive, especially its rules on slopes as mild as 15 percent. Proponents have noted that MPC already uses a 15 percent guideline in considering development proposals. But facts have not, so far, had much impact on this discussion. We'll see if Council continues the trend.