Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan Nears Approval, Finally

The end is theoretically in sight for the Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan. A mere 11 months after its adoption by the Metropolitan Planning Commission, a joint meeting at 5 p.m. this Thursday between City Council and County Commission is supposed to smooth the way for the plan's approval by both bodies later in the month. After a series of mediated Council-Commission meetings over the summer, and the discarding of a last-ditch substitute plan offered by the Knoxville Chamber, MPC produced a revised version of the document late last month. Thursday's meeting, in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, will review those modest changes. If nobody raises any big objections, the plan will go on the next Council and Commission agendas. That's a big if, of course—the process has been repeatedly interrupted and delayed, usually by developers and Realtors unhappy with its restrictions on grading, clearing, and building. But we hope it all gets resolved soon, for a selfish journalistic reason: We're running out of "hill" and "ridge" puns to use in our headlines.