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Board of Zoning Appeals

The Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals is comprised of nine members. One member from each of the nine Commission districts is appointed by the County Commission to serve. The Board usually meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm in the Main Assembly of the City County Building to hear requests for variances of the Knox County zoning regulations, appeals of Uses on Review, and appeals of Zoning Enforcement & Stormwater Engineering administrative decisions and penalties.

You can contact BZA members by fax at 865.215.3997 or via email at

Board Members

Board Member
Carson Dailey - 9th District

Carson is the Sr. Account Manager of Applied Industrial Technologies for Dixie Bearing, Inc., with 34 years of service.  Carson has been a member of the BZA since the formation of the board in November 2008. He has served as a member of the Knox County Ethics Committee 2008-2010, Marble Springs Historic site, South Doyle Neighborhood Association Inc (SDNA), and as Coordinator for SDNA adopt a road and SDNA adopt a stream (Stock Creek). Carson is also active in the Boys Scouts of America where he was Cub Master Pack 236 and Scoutmaster Troop 36 where he saw 19 young men earn the rank of Eagle Scout. His goal is to insure proper development through observance of Knox County regulations while maintaining the natural beauty and integrity of our community.

Board Member
Bill Sewel - 7th District

Bill is co-owner and COO of Sewell and Company Construction.  He is a twenty year resident of Knox County and has over 40 years of experience in commercial, residential, and industrial construction as well as site planning across the nation. Bill has an architectural degree from Southern Polytechnic, Atlanta Ga.  He is a member of ASCE and AIA.  Bill is active at Fountain City United Methodist Church and represents District 7 of north Knox County.  He believes in planned building opportunities characterizes the growth of individuals, communities and our nation.

Board Member
Vice Chairman Cynthia Stancil - 1st District

Cynthia has been employed as a materials specialist, instructor and project manager in the concrete industry for the last 20 years.  Currently, she is heading up sales for Southern Shores Development, a marine construction company that specializes in shoreline stabilization and custom boathouse construction.

Cynthia and her husband, John, live in the Parkridge neighborhood of Knoxville.  She is an active participant in the Parkridge Community Organization where she serves as the liaison between the neighborhood and city of Knoxville codes and zoning.

5th District - Ron Rochelle

Cindy Buttry - 6th District


Board Member
Kevin Murphy - 8th District

Kevin is an IT Architect for Scripps Networks Interactive, and previously worked in a global professional services capacity for a large software company. He is an active member of the Alice Bell / Spring Hill Neighborhood Association, Northeast Knox Preservation Association, and Knox Heritage. He restored his great, great, great grandfather’s farmhouse and lives on a Tennessee Century Farm in northeast Knox County, which operates a cow and calf operation.

Bill McSpadden - 4th District


Chairman Markus Chady - 2nd District

Markus is an Architect at Allan Associates Architects in North Knoxville, near his home on Historic Gibbs Drive in Fountain City.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, and Knox Heritage.  He is also a committee member with the East Tennessee Community Design Center, and past president of the Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Markus feels strongly that East Tennessee is the best place to call home and raise his family, and that he shares a responsibility with fellow residents in preserving the qualities that make Knoxville special.  He holds as a guiding professional principle that economic development and environmental stewardship are both essential and complimentary.  Markus strives in his work to find clear, collaborative solutions to complex problems, and believes in implementation of solutions with determination and conviction. 

Dennis Sewell - 3rd District


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Codes Administration

City County Building
Suite 547
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-215-2325
Fax: 865-215-4255

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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