Knoxville South Waterfront

Vision & Action Plan & Form-based Code


  • City of Knoxville


  • Hargreaves Associates
  • Chan Krieger Sieniewicz
  • Development Strategies

Work completed at Chan Krieger Sieniewicz.

The Challenge

Three miles of riverfront adjacent to the downtown contains a mix of active and abandoned industrial land, restricting neighborhood access to the river.


A series of open space “windows” orient new development perpendicular to the water while three parallel “ribbons” differentiate pedestrian, car and future light rail corridors.

The Results

A Form Based Code streamlined the approval process and spurred private investment. A new riverfront drive provides access to an eight-acre urban wild with riverwalk.

Active industrial waterfront

Form-based code concept sketch