||711. C-6 Mixed-Use Commercial District: It is the purpose and intent of this district
is to promote economic development while protecting the scenic, cultural, historic, and
environmental integrity of major corridor areas in Pigeon Forge. This is to be
accomplished by allowing a mixed-use of commercial and residential activities by using
flexibility in design. However, development is to be understated by discouraging traffic
congestion, having signage that is low key, adequate lighting that is not invasive, etc.
The regulations are designed to promote low impact development through the efficient
use of land and achieve a more economical arrangement of buildings, circulation
systems, land uses, and utilities and encourage the concept of pedestrian oriented
development to allow safe pedestrian access throughout the district. The regulations will
promote the preservation of existing landscape and the efficient use of new
landscaping, signage, outdoor lighting and underground utilities to provide a more
aesthetically pleasing community that will contribute to the overall character of the
In order to achieve the purpose and intent of the this district, as shown on the Zoning
Map of the City of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the following uses are permitted:
711.1: Uses Permitted:
711.1.1 Single Family homes that do not access directly onto an arterial
street. Must meet lot size and setbacks of an R-1 district (Section 801).
711.1.2 Commercial and residential PUD’s.
711.1.3 Grocery Stores, Drug stores, Hardware stores, Laundromats.
711.1.4 Hotels, Motels, and overnight and weekly rentals.
711.1.5 Multi-family residential.
711.1.6 Multi-use commercial centers.
711.1.7 Stores and shops conducting retail business.
711.1.9 Public Buildings.
711.1.10 Travel Trailer Parks.
711.1.12 Outdoor Recreational Attractions.
711.1.14 Hospitals and clinics.
711.1.15 Professional offices for doctors, lawyers, accountants,
architects, real estate and insurance agencies, and other similar uses.
711.1.16 Light Manufacturing as defined in Article 3. Welding shops are
711.1.19 Distilleries Manufacturing and Sales (Ord. 987 – 8/11/2014)
711.2 Uses Prohibited:
711.2.2 Mobile home parks.
711.2.3 Storage yards.
711.2.4 Flea Markets.
711.2.5 Adult Oriented Businesses.
711.2.6 Tattoo Parlors
711.2.7 Psychic Shops/Stores
711.3: Uses Permitted on Review by the Board of Zoning Appeals in a C-6
711.3.1 Auto Repair Shops: provided that there are no more than 6
parking spaces in the front of the building. No other car storage is allowed
in the front of the building or front yard. It is encouraged that car storage
be in the rear yard behind the building. Any car storage in the side yard or
rear yards must be screened by trees every 10 feet. These trees must be
a caliper of 2 and ½ inch minimum that can grow to a minimum of 20 feet
high. All other landscaping requirements of this ordinance also apply.
711.3.2 Auto Sales: provided that there is a minimum of 50 cars.
711.3.3 Local Crafts and Furniture Shops: provided outdoor chainsaw
art working/demonstration areas are not in the rearyard and setback from
the public at least 20 feet. Outdoor displays must be as close to the
buildings as possible and should never be in the ROW of any street.
Additionally, they must be 20 feet from the property line off any arterial
711.3.4 Day Care Centers: provided if there are more than 8 children it
must be located on at least a collector street. Day care centers with more
than 25 children must be located on an arterial street. Playgrounds must
be in the side or back yard and screened by a solid fence or a chain fence
that has evergreen trees that surround the perimeter at least every 10
feet. There must be a drive-thru for pick-up and drop-off. No more than 8
parking spaces on site.
711.3.5 Wholesale business and warehousing: provided that if the
façade is sheet metal or cinderblock type, that evergreen trees be placed
around the perimeter of the building at least every 15 feet. It must also be
located within one quarter mile of an arterial road. If the lot fronts an
arterial road it must be setback at least 35 feet from the front property line
and 15 feet from side and rear property lines. Vehicles of all sizes which
will need to access the warehouse, including any City vehicles, must be
able to maneuver onsite without any portion of the vehicle protruding into
the roadway or onto any other parcel. Warehouses must be 500 feet from
a residential structure unless located on an arterial street or must be an
expansion of an existing warehouse use. (Ord. 1058 – 6/11/2018)
711.3.6 Gas Stations/Convenience stores: provided a lighting plan is
submitted which conforms to the lighting requirements of this zone.
Intensity of lighting shall not exceed the following maximum requirements:
718.104.22.168 Store canopies = 15.0 foot candles.
722.214.171.124 Other areas around the store = 10.0 foot candles.
7126.96.36.199 Within 20 ft. adjacent to residential zones = 0.5 foot
7188.8.131.52 Within 20 ft. adjacent to all other zones = 0.5 foot
711.3.7 Amusements: provided all amusements are less than 60 feet in
height, with an equal fall zone. A lighting and sound plan is submitted.
7184.108.40.206 Sound will be no greater than:
65db before 10 PM and 55db after 10 PM adjoining
55db before 10 PM and 50db after 10 PM adjoining
7220.127.116.11 The lighting plan submitted must conform to the lighting
requirements of this zoning. Intensity of lighting shall not exceed:
15 foot candles throughout the amusement areas.
Around buildings = 10.0 foot candles.
Within 20 ft. adjacent to residential zones = 0.5 foot
Within 20 ft. adjacent to all other zones = 0.5 foot
711.3.8 Horseback Riding Stables: provided all livestock are kept a
minimum of 100 feet from all roadways. Adequate facilities must be
provided on site for the protection of all animals during inclement weather,
with all stables, riding trails, and grazing areas fenced by non-barbed or
electric fencing. Structures of a permanent nature, which meet all building
codes and ADA requirements, must be provided for ticketing and other
facilities for the public. No temporary structures are allowed. Parking
must be provided on the site plan at 1 space for every 4 horses on the
property and 1 space for every 4 employees. (Ord. 935, Adopted
711.4: Signs Permitted in the Mixed Use Commercial District C-6:
711.4.1 General- Signs permitted in Sections 408.4 and 408.5.
711.4.2 Maximum Signage Permitted- Each parcel is permitted only one
ground or monument sign. This sign may be a two-sided sign (front and
back) and the two sign faces must be parallel to each other. The square
footage of each face of that sign cannot exceed 100 feet. As part of the
ground signage each parcel can have one LED (or similar electronic)
message board not to exceed 33 square foot. This square footage must
be included in the 100 square feet total for a ground sign face. The sign
support structure can be no higher than 25 feet and the sign face can be
no higher than 20 feet high at its highest point. The sign support structure
cannot contain any “graphics” as defined in Article III and no side can total
more than 200 square feet in area.
711.4.3 A wall/façade sign may also be permitted for each business or
tenant. This sign can be up to (10) percent of the building front wall space
(height times linear feet) and shall not protrude above the height of the
building. The wall/façade sign shall be permitted on any side of the
building but only one side qualifies for a wall/façade sign. In the case of
multi-tenant establishments, each tenant can have a sign up to (10)
percent of the tenant front wall space, to be placed in the tenant front wall
space. In any case, no one wall/façade sign can exceed 75 square feet.
Logo signs are permitted per section 408.2.4 of this ordinance.
711.4.4. In the case where such a development fronts on intersecting or
parallel arterial or collector streets, an additional ground or monument sign
of no more than 50 square feet per sign face is allowed. This can only be
placed along the street which will not have the main ground or monument
sign listed above.
711.4.5. Signs shall incorporate the architectural theme of the
development and made of natural materials such as wood, brick, stone
711.4.6. Multi-use Commercial Centers- In addition to previously
mentioned signage allowance, multi-tenant establishments can list tenants
(the name and/or nature of the activity) on the ground sign. It must be
under and adjacent to the ground sign face and no more than 10 square
feet is allowed for each tenant.
711.4.7. Graphics and all other “theming” (see definition in Article III) shall
be counted as a part of the maximum signage.
711.5: Utility Plans: The power plan shall utilize an underground system. Where
an underground system is not possible, as determined by the planning
commission, power service connections shall be located at the rear of the
structure or structures.
711.6.1. Credit for Existing Vegetation: Existing vegetation on site should
be preserved as much as possible to complement any new landscaping
and may be credited towards the requirements of this subsection. Such
areas shall be shown on the required landscape plan to be maintained..
711.6.2. Plant Diversity: Unless otherwise approved by the Pigeon Forge
Planning Commission, all plant materials used to meet the landscape,
buffer, or screening requirements shall conform to current edition of The
Right Tree for the Right Place provided by the City of Pigeon Forge Tree
711.6.3. Minimum Size at Time of Planting: All trees at the time of planting
shall be a minimum caliper of 1 1/2 “ or a minimum height of five (5) feet.
711.6.4. Stabilization : All landscape planting areas shall be stabilized and
maintained with seed, sod, ground covers, mulches, or other approved
materials to prevent soil erosion and allow rainwater infiltration.
711.6.5. Planting in Easements: Nothing except small trees, shrubs or
groundcover shall be planted or installed within any underground or
overhead utility, drainage, or gas easement without the written consent of
the utility provider, easement holder or city.
711.6.6. Plans for landscaping, screening, open space and ingress/egress
points. The landscaping plan shall include landscaping containing the
following minimum standards:
718.104.22.168. Street frontage: a landscaped strip of seven (7) feet in
width and a minimum of one tree for every twenty-five (25) feet.
722.214.171.124. Interior landscaping: five (5) percent of the interior of
the parking area shall be landscaped and one (1) tree for each
three hundred (300) square feet of landscaped area shall be
required along with other appropriate plant materials.
7126.96.36.199. Perimeter landscaping: a landscaped strip of five (5)
7188.8.131.52. The parking spaces shall be designed and constructed
in a manner that will prevent damage to the landscaping by
vehicles or pedestrian traffic.
7184.108.40.206. The plan shall contain a description of plants and
material and methods for care and maintenance.
7220.127.116.11. The landscaping shall be permanently maintained. (See
711.6.7. Landscaping addition: Requirements for interior landscaping in
parking areas for commercial site plans under section 409.8.2 may be
waived if trees/landscaping are placed around the perimeter the parking
areas and the building(s) at one (1) tree every twenty (20) feet. The
remaining site plan landscaping requirements under section 409.8 still
apply, as well as, requirements contained in this district
711.7: Sanitation: All dumpster must be screened from view on three sides.
This could be done by any combination of trees, landscaping, or brick or splitfaced block enclosures.
711.8: Exterior Lighting:
711.8.1. Exterior lighting of the building and site shall be designed so that
light is not directed off the site and the light source is shielded from direct
offsite viewing. All outdoor light fixtures shall be either shielded, designed
or provided with light angle cut-offs, have 45 degree down directional flood
lighting, or recessed. This is to eliminate uplighting, spill light, and glare.
711.8.2. Excessive illumination of signage, building, or site shall be
avoided. Roof lighting, down-lighting that washes the building walls, and
illuminated awnings are strongly discouraged.
711.8.3. Fixture mounting height should be appropriate for the project and
the setting. The mounting height of fixtures in smaller parking lots or
service areas shall not exceed twenty feet. Lower mounting heights may
be required where sites are adjacent to residential areas or other sensitive
land uses. Low, bollard-type fixtures shall be used at 3 to 4 feet in height
in pedestrian areas for lighting.
711.8.4. Motion activated lights shall be utilized wherever feasible.
711.9: Screening Along Residential District Boundaries: To assist in
preventing the transmission of light and noise and to generally cushion the
ramification of commercial uses on a residential district, screening shall be
required where a development abuts any residential district. The screening shall
meet the following requirements:
711.9.1.It shall be of such plant materials as will provide year-round
711.9.2.It shall not be less than six (6) feet in height.
711.9.3.It shall be from the grade of the property upward.
711.9.4.It shall be permanently maintained.