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LAND DEVELOPMENT MANUAL (LDM) - September 2014

Engineering Department
Civil Engineering Division
Stormwater Engineering Division
Traffic Engineering Division

City of Knoxville
Engineering Department
Stormwater Engineering Division


Note 1: The Land Development Manual (LDM) is intended to assist interested parties (developers, engineers, property owners, city personnel) with procedures for land development within the City of Knoxville. The LDM focuses primarily on the role of the Engineering Department with regards to plan and plat requirements, review process, inspections, etc. Land development is also regulated by the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) and the City of Knoxville Plans Review & Inspections Division; see Chapter 2 for a more complete discussion.
Note 2:

Most users are encouraged to use this website to obtain the entire LDM or particular portions that they may be interested in. The various portions of the Land Development Manual a.re in Adobe Acrobat [PDF] format.

Note 3: Please contact the Engineering Department, Room 480 in the City County Building, with written comments or suggestions. Be specific concerning the page number and location. Comments may also be e-mailed to bedalton@cityofknoxville.org.
Note 4: The entire Land Development Manual can be downloaded as a single PDF file with bookmarks to easily navigate document. If bookmarks are not visible in the PDF file, then choose menu item "Show Bookmarks". It is highly recommended that a user have a cable connection for the document to successfully download.

Entire Land Development Manual
File: KnoxvilleLDM.pdf (September 2014)
Size: 4,655 kb; 456 pages

[09-15-14]   Revised Policy 20 (No-Rise Certification for Floodway Encroachment) within Appendix C.

[08-06-14]   Revised application in Policy 8 (Partial Plat Process) within Appendix C.

[07-28-14]   Revised Policy 9 (Performance and Indemnity Agreement) within Appendix C.

[07-11-14]   Revised Policy 17 (Survey Control System Requirements) within Appendix C.

[05-22-14]   Revised Policy 16 (Stormwater Pipe Materials) within Appendix C and Abbreviations and Acronyms within the Main Text.

[01-10-14]   Revised Form M2 (SPAP - Food Handling & Processing Facilities), Form M3 (SPAP - Vehicle & Equipment Facilities), Form M4 (SPAP - Vehicle Wash Facilities) and Form M5 (SPAP - Large Parking Lot Facilities) within Appendix A and Revised the Stormwater and Street Ordinance in Appendix B to reflect Ordinance O-112-2013 adopted June 25, 2013.

[12-16-13]   Revised Form Form F (Plat Review Checklist) within Appendix A.

[10-17-13]   Revised Form A (Site Development Permit Application), Form B (Property Owner Acknowledgement) and Form F (Plat Review Checklist) within Appendix A.

For a complete list of revisions, click here.


Main Text of Land Development Manual

File name Size(kb) Revision Date Title
LDMSPINE.pdf 24 06/03 Label to insert into spine for a 3" binder
LDMCOVER.pdf 61 02/02 Cover page to insert into a binder
LDMTITLE.pdf 61 04/07 Title Page
LDMREV.pdf 42 09/14 Revisions Page
LDMTOC.pdf 79 03/13 Table of Contents
LDMLIST.pdf 63 04/11 List of Figures and Tables
LDMABBR.pdf 27 05/14 List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
LDMCH01.pdf 40 06/03 Chapter 1 Introduction
LDMCH02.pdf 47 05/04 Chapter 2 Plan and Plat Review Process
LDFIG2-2.pdf 84 05/04 Figure 2-2: Site Development Review 11" x 17"
LDFIG2-3.pdf 78 05/04 Figure 2-3: Plat Submittal Review 11" x 17"
LDFIG2-4.pdf 79 05/04 Figure 2-4: Construction Inspections 11" x 17"
LDMCH03.pdf 39 06/03 Chapter 3 Available Resources
LDMCH04.pdf 45 02/02 Chapter 4 Property Regulations
LDMCH05.pdf 39 06/03 Chapter 5 Permitting Requirements
LDMCH06.pdf 21 06/03 Chapter 6 Small Single Family Residential
LDMCH07.pdf 51 06/03 Chapter 7 Large Residential and Commercial
LDMCH08.pdf 114 06/03 Chapter 8 Overall Stormwater Planning
LDMCH09.pdf 122 06/03 Chapter 9 Stormwater Design
LDMCH10.pdf 38 06/03 Chapter 10 Stormwater Detention and Quality
LDMCH11.pdf 43 02/13 Chapter 11 Floodplain Design
LDMCH12.pdf 132 06/03 Chapter 12 Street Design Criteria
LDMCH13.pdf 35 06/03 Chapter 13 Site Construction Administration
LDMCH14.pdf 43 06/03 Chapter 14 Site Construction Activities
LDMCH15.pdf 71 06/03 Chapter 15 Definitions and References


Appendix A - Stormwater Engineering Division Forms

File name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
LD-AppA.pdf 19 03/13 Index sheet for Appendix A
LD-FormA.pdf 27 10/13 Site Development Permit Application
LD-FormB.pdf 40 10/13 Property Owner Acknowledgement
LD-FormC.pdf 32 06/03 Fee Computation Worksheet
LD-FormD.pdf 23 06/03 Information Worksheet for CPMSF (Covenants)
LD-FormE1.pdf 66 01/10 Site Development Review Checklist
LD-FormE2.pdf 28 04/08 Site Development Submittal Checklist
LD-FormF.pdf 91 12/13 Plat Review Checklist
LD-FormG.pdf 43 03/10 Site Inspection Checklist
LD-FormH.pdf 39 03/10 Development Certification Checklist
LD-FormI.pdf 28 03/06 Construction Right-Of-Way Permit
LD-FormJ.pdf 33 06/03 Floodplain Development Permit
LD-FormK.pdf 38 03/06 Site Development Permit
LD-FormL.pdf 26 03/06 Notice of Violation (NOV) Form
LD-FormM1.pdf 49 06/06 Special Pollution Abatement Permit
LD-FormM2.pdf 48 01/14 SPAP - Food Handling & Processing Facilities
LD-FormM3.pdf 49 01/14 SPAP - Vehicle & Equipment Facilities
LD-FormM4.pdf 47 01/14 SPAP - Vehicle Wash Facilities
LD-FormM5.pdf 49 01/14 SPAP - Large Parking Lot Facilities
LD-FormN.pdf 301 07/09 FEMA Elevation Certificate and Instructions (U.S. Government Form OMB No. 1660-0008)
LD-FormO.pdf 204 03/13 Notice of Intent (NOI) Form
LD-FormP.pdf 146 03/13 Notice of Termination (NOT) Form
LD-FormQ.pdf 79 03/13 NOI/SWPPP Review Checklist
LD-FormR.pdf 148 03/19 Stormwater Monitoring Report Form


Appendix B - Ordinances

File name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
LD-AppB.pdf 16 02/13 Index sheet for Appendix B
LD-ORD12.pdf 82 01/14 Flood Damage Prevention and Control
LD-ORD14.pdf 40 05/05 Horticulture (Tree Protection Ordinance)

LD-ORD22-5.pdf

143 01/12

Stormwater (Stormwater & Street Ordinance)

LD-ORD23.pdf 90 05/05 Streets and Sidewalks
The above links with the .pdf extension will open a PDF document.
Links to municode.com can be found in the Index Sheet for Appendix B (LD-AppB.pdf)


Appendix C - Policies

File name Size (kb) Revision Date Title
LD-AppC.pdf 24 03/06 Index sheet for Appendix C
LD-EP01.pdf 244 02/02 Access Control for Traffic and Driveways
LD-EP02.pdf 33 06/03 Covenants - CPMSF (permanent maintenance agreement)
LD-EP03.pdf 19 06/03 Creek Restoration and Channel Maintenance
LD-EP04.pdf 21 02/02 Drainage Easements
LD-EP05.pdf 32 07/13 Easements for Stormwater Control and Water Quality Facilities
LD-EP06.pdf 21 02/02 Maintenance Access for Stormwater Management Facilities
LD-EP07.pdf 33 09/09 Maintenance Responsibility for Stormwater Drainage Systems
LD-EP08.pdf 27 08/14 Partial Plat Process
LD-EP09.pdf 36 07/14 Performance and Indemnity Agreements (bonds)
LD-EP10.pdf 29 06/03 Retaining Walls
LD-EP11.pdf 21 06/03 Sediment Disposal for Detention Basin Maintenance
LD-EP12.pdf 35 06/06

Sinkhole Development

(Policy #13) ---   (withdrawn May 2004) Sixty-Day Letter
LD-EP14.pdf 29 07/12 Stormwater Enforcement Response Plan
LD-EP15.pdf 352 06/06 Stormwater Message for Curb Irons and Manhole Lids
LD-EP16.pdf 25 05/14 Stormwater Pipe Materials
LD-EP17.pdf 31 06/14 Survey Control System Requirements
LD-EP18.pdf 23 06/03 Underground Stormwater Facility Maintenance
LD-EP19.pdf 23 06/03 Underground Stormwater Facility Recordkeeping/Reporting
LD-EP20.pdf 92 09/14 No-Rise Certification for Floodway Encroachment
LD-EP21.pdf 91 10/12 No-Fill Line
(Policy #22) ---   (withdrawn February 2013) Stream Buffer Zone (Restricted-Use)
LD-EP23.pdf 43 06/03 List of Studied Streams
LD-EP24.pdf 15 03/06 Appealed Concept or Use-On-Review Plan
LD-EP25.pdf 49 10/09 Post-Construction Water Quality Control for Proprietary Flow-Through Best Management Practices (BMP's)
LD-EP25-A.pdf 59 06/13 Policy 25 List A - Sizing Guidelines
LD-EP26.pdf 987 04/10 Utility Construction and Maintenance
LD-EP27.pdf 258 07/13 Qualified Local Program Construction General Permit
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