The Planning Division develops and administers citywide planning in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan, a legal document that reflects the community’s vision for its long-range physical development, as well as through its neighborhood planning process, which guides the future development of the City and its Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).
The division is responsible for rezonings, annexations, subdivisions, right-of-way abandonments, Zoning Code text amendments, site plan approvals, and other development related requests. The division is also responsible for maintaining an up-to-date Zoning Ordinance and maps; as well as, the Subdivision Regulations and parking, lighting, and landscape requirements of the Zoning Code that regulate the type/quality of development in the city and the surrounding area. Staff also provides assistance on replatting land.
Historic Johnson’s Depot - This website is dedicated to past, current, and future residents of Johnson City, Tennessee as well as folks that are just fans of the city and local history. The site documents the early history of Johnson City, its unique railroad roots, and current restoration efforts underway in the “Johnson’s Depot Historic District”.
There are three boards and committees the Planning division staff serves: the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission; Board of Zoning Appeals; and the Historic Zoning Commission.
Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)
Local Boards of Zoning Appeals (BZA) are authorized by the Tennessee Code Annotated to consider variances, special exceptions, administrative reviews, and Zoning Code interpretations. The BZA meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building. Click here to view agendas and minutes of each meeting.
Historic Zoning Commission (HZC)
The Johnson City Historic Zoning Commission (HZC) reviews all requests for the establishment of Historic Districts and processes applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for: 1) changes in external appearance of existing structures; 2) design of new structures and additions; and 3) for demolition of existing structures within established Historic Districts. The HZC meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building. Click here to view agendas and minutes of each meeting as well as other documents pertaining to Historical Planning.
Johnson City Regional Planning Commission (JCRPC)
The Johnson City Regional Planning Commission (JCRPC) consists of ten citizens, eight of whom are appointed to (3) three-year terms by the Mayor while two are held by City Commissioners or their designees. The Planning Commission reviews all rezonings, annexations, and right-of-way abandonments and makes recommendations for approval or denial to the Board of Commissioners. The Planning Commission also makes recommendations on land use policy issues through the subdivision regulations, zoning ordinance, and the comprehensive plan. The Planning Commission meets at 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building. Click here to view agendas and minutes of each meeting.