Vote set on ADUs in RN-1 zones

Sandra ClarkWest Knoxville

Knoxville City Council is scheduled to vote today (2/20/24) on a proposal to drop the owner-occupied requirement for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Previous column here.

The West Hills Community Association opposes this resolution for two basic reasons, said president Lee Hume.

  1. It will remove any existing responsible oversight of disruptive ADU residents, and
  2. If owner-occupancy is not required, both the primary residential structure and the ADU can become rental properties and attractive to individual and corporate investors.

Hume said the inclusion of ADUs in RN-1 zoning is a “clever way to bypass single-family residential zoning that homeowners in West Hills have cherished for more than 60 years.”

He said the change could “destroy single-family residential neighborhoods.” And he urged residents to contact members of city council to oppose this change.

Sandra Clark is editor/CEO of Knox TN Today Inc.


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