Meet Your Ridgetops

The long-gestating and finally completed proposal to protect local hillsides and ridgetops could move a step closer to becoming official next week, when the Metropolitan Planning Commission is scheduled to take up the plan at its monthly meeting. MPC will convene at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.

The hillside and ridgetop plan was hashed out by a joint city-county group that included local neighborhood representatives, developers, conservationists, and engineers. Among other things, it suggests limits on density of construction—the steeper the slope and the nearer to a ridgetop, the less building would be allowed. (The group first formed in response to outrage about a water tower that was erected atop a South Knoxville ridge.)

If MPC approves the plan, it will next go to both City Council and County Commission for consideration. And if they sign off on it, it will have to return to MPC for actual proposed ordinances to give its recommendations the force of law. So it's no done deal. But the meeting next week is at least an opportunity to voice your support or concerns.

While you're there, you could weigh in on the city's new urban hen ordinance, which the commission is also due to consider.