First Neighborhood Conference


Old North Knoxville neighborhood during recent snow.

Old North Knoxville neighborhood during recent snow.

On Saturday, March 23, the City of Knoxville will host the first Neighborhood’s Conference at the Knoxville Convention Center. Sponsored by the City’s Office of Neighborhoods, theme is “Connecting Neighborhoods, Building Communities”. With 30 workshops being offered, some of the highlights are city sidewalks, HOA legal issues, codes enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood organization. Open to Knoxville and Knox County residents, registration is FREE as well as admission and parking. They do ask that you rsvp online in advance. The conference runs from 8 am-3 pm, with three sessions of workshops.

There are twelve tracks to choose from, so you can attend all 3 workshops in one track or jump around. Organizers recommend bringing as many members of your neighborhood to attend as many different workshops as possible. The twelve different tracks are: City Government, County Government, Zoning, Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Safety, Blight and Neighborhood Revitalization, Building Your Organization, Governance and Legal Issues, Money, Special Projects and Issues, Neighbors, Thinking Regionally, and Going Green.
There will also be over 25 information booths on many different topics including fire safety, housing, tree management, greenways, recycling and public transportation. You will also have the chance to meet and speak with government officials, community leaders, and people from many different neighborhoods.

Our own Robyn McAdoo will be in attendance and will serve as a panel speaker to explain how the land use process works. This workshop is Session 3-B and it entitled “How Zoning Works”. Robyn serves on the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals to hear appeals of denials for city building permits. She’s excited to serve on the panel with Metropolitan Planning Commission members, zoning enforcement officials, and the Zoning Inspector. These people should be able to help you get the right idea for using the property you have or future property you own.

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