|Protecting and Enhancing Our Scenic Views
I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.
- Ogden Nash
Welcome to Scenic Knoxville! We hope you will enjoy your visit and find something beautiful to see.
Scenic Knoxville is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the bountiful scenic resources in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. The group is the first local chapter of the statewide organization Scenic Tennessee, and is also affiliated with Scenic America.
A group of diverse individuals from different parts of Knoxville, all possessing a real passion for the city, came together in early 2008 to form the Scenic Knoxville chapter.
The Board of Directors includes Gene Burr, Joyce Feld, David Goodson, Marsha Grieve, Margot Kline, Robert Marlino, Lisa Starbuck and Julie Webb.
Scenic Knoxville has a new Facebook page! Please visit our page and Like Us to show support for our initiatives.
SUPPORT LOWER SIGNS IN KNOXVILLE
The City Council Sign Task Force has been revising the Sign Ordinance during the past year. The final proposal will result in noticeable improvements to the appearance of our City over time.
What: Knoxville City Council Sign Task Force Public Forum
One area of major disagreement, however, is the issue of maximum allowable sign heights for individual businesses. Several members of the committee want to continue to allow very tall lighted on-premise business signs (35’ to 50’).
It is important that as many people as possible come to the forum and tell the task force they support significant reductions in the heights of new signs - nothing taller than 25’ and considerably lower in some districts. Click here for more information about what is being proposed. Each speaker will only be allotted a few minutes to speak, so nothing elaborate is required. We need to make the Task Force understand that people care about this issue.
When: Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 PM
Where: Mary Starr Auditorium at the John T. O’Connor Sr. Center
Location: 611 Winona Street, Knoxville, TN
Click here for map
If you cannot attend the meeting in person, please contact the task force by email by following this link:
Click Here to Email the Task Force
Thank you for taking action on this important issue!
On February 25th, Knox County Commission voted to ban all new digital billboards and all new conversions of static boards to digitals on second reading. Scenic Knoxville members and supporters were instrumental in making this happen! Seven commissioners voted for the final resolution and deserve your thanks: Richard Briggs, Amy Broyles, Sam McKenzie, Tony Norman, Ed Shouse, Mike Brown and Mike Hammond. Those voting against were Commissioners Dave Wright, Jeff Ownby, Brad Anders and R. Larry Smith.
There are still two resolutions pending which pertain to new static billboards and electronic message centers (EMCs), which will be discussed at the May County Commission meeting.
You can contact all the Commissioners by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone calls are very effective, and you can get phone numbers here.
Scenic Knoxville's mission is to advocate for the scenic integrity of Knoxville and the surrounding region. We support sustainable land use policies and environmentally sound land use practices, historic preservation of scenic landmarks, tree conservation, litter and signage control, and other issues that impact the visual character of East Tennessee.
Join us! Your membership to Scenic Knoxville also gives you membership in Scenic Tennessee. To support Scenic Knoxville and Scenic Tennessee and begin receiving the quarterly newsletter, you can join online by filling out the form below or click here to download a membership form. Individuals from surrounding counties are welcome. For more information contact email@example.com.
After submitting this form, you will be redirected to a page where you can pay online using Paypal. If you use Paypal for your membership payment, you do not need to mail this form. The Paypal membership payment will appear as a Donation and will show up on your credit card as &Donation to Scenic Knoxville.&
Knoxville area photos courtesy Cathy McCaughan and Lisa Starbuck