Land Use & Landscaping

Sustainability Director

Brian Blackmon
bblackmon@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-4430

400 Main St., Room 598
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Land DevelopmentThere are many environmental issues related to the development of land. For example, when human development clears vegetation from land to build roads, buildings, and parking lots, we destroy natural habitats and lessen the ground’s ability to absorb surface water. As most developed surfaces are impervious to water, it runs down-slope, absorbing pollutants, causing erosion and flooding. Thankfully, ample green space can reduce this occurrence, as can the use of pervious concrete and other advanced construction materials. In Knoxville, we strive to maintain ample green space and greenways for these purposes.

What Can You Do?

Maintain a green space
o A garden or even just a few plants will benefit your yard.
Choose carefully
o Native, drought tolerant plants will survive with little attention or experience. 
Protect the water supply
o Use oils, fertilizers, detergents, and other chemicals carefully. Wash cars in the grass instead of your driveway to keep soap from running into the street.
Be involved!
o Opportunities for public comment on land development are often poorly attended.

Citizen Resources:

Ijams LogoIjams Nature Center is a nature preserve located in South Knoxville focusing on outdoor recreation and environmental education. Ijams teaches preservation through recycling, composting, gardening, and environmentally friendly recreation.

Knoxville Botanical Gardens The Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum features walking trails and gardens, and serves as a living demonstration to the community on native plant species and preservation. A designated “green space” provides free public enjoyment as well as a venue for educational and outreach opportunities. 

Smart Growth LogoSmart Growth America focuses on functional, sustainable development across the country. They work with elected officials, developers, chambers of commerce, transportation and urban planning professionals, local governments and leaders in Washington to improve lives through smarter development.