The Planning Commission is an advisory board comprised of 15 citizens—seven appointed by the City Mayor and eight appointed by the County Mayor.
These volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and represent a broad spectrum of community interests and concerns. They serve staggered four-year terms without compensation and may be re-appointed.
If you have comments about an agenda item or wish to provide additional information to the Planning Commission and staff, direct correspondence to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Knoxville-Knox County MPC 400 Main St, Suite 403 Knoxville, TN 37902
All correspondence regarding cases on the MPC agenda including letters, email and faxes are distributed to each Commissioner and will be published as part of the official record.
Herb is a lifelong resident of Knoxville. He has more than 40 years experience in the construction industry including his current position in Sales and Business Development for Claiborne Hauling, LLC. Herb is a member (and former Board Member) of Associated General Contractors and serves on the Board of the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad. His goal as a planning commissioner is to help Knoxville and Knox County to continue to be one of the best communities in the nation in which to work and live through responsible development and growth.
Claiborne Hauling, LLC
6210 Rutledge Pike
Knoxville, TN 37924
Bart is a self-employed residential designer and developer who has lived in West Knoxville for over 30 years. He has a degree in landscape design from UT, and previously was owner and president of Tedford Tellico, a dairy commodities trading company. A lifelong interest in design and building has led him into residential development work, with an emphasis on expansive common areas, conservation easements, and architectural integrity. He has helped design and renovate many older homes in West Knoxville, and is active in Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. He also supports Knox Heritage and the Foothills Land Conservancy. One of his primary goals is to promote the idea: “We do not inherit this land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
7008 Sherwood Dr.
Cell phone: 680-4663
Art is President and CEO of Clancy Custom Woodworking LLC. He is former president of the Knoxville Remodelers Council, and has served on the boards of the Homebuilders Association of Greater Knoxville, St. Joseph School, and Knoxville Catholic High School. His goal is to promote economic development, greenway efforts, and downtown redevelopment while protecting neighborhoods and historic overlays.
1816 North Hills Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37917
Cell phone: 389-5276
Work phone: 938-4638
Laura is a retired systems integration and strategy consultant for TVA as well as the owner/manager of Favored Rogue Farm. She is the vice president of Investments of Knoxville, a trustee of the Miser-Richmond Scholarship Fund, a member of the Knox County Stormwater Advisory Board and a member Knox Heritage. Her goal as a planning commissioner is to support a proactive approach to development that minimizes negative impact on the natural environment.
Mike is a semi-retired general contractor with forty-five years of construction experience and is President of Crowder Construction. He is a lifelong Knoxville resident and is a charter member of the Old North Knoxville Neighborhood Association. He has been a trustee for his church, St. Mark United Methodist Church, a long time volunteer for East Tennessee Children's Hospital and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Mike is a past President of the Westmoreland Estates Homeowners Association, a member of Knox Heritage and is currently a member of the Knox County Historic Zoning Commission. His goals are promoting quality growth for our city and county, creating responsible attitudes about preservation and ensuring neighborhood stability.
Phone: (865) 584-5152
Elizabeth is the principal architect at Elizabeth Eason Architecture. Her work experience includes commercial, retail, hospitality, residential, and government projects with a focus on efficiency, sustainable design, and healthy communities. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, U.S. Green Building Council, and Knox Heritage and has served on the Knoxville Tree Board, the Board of Environmental Appeals, Knoxville Energy and Sustainability Task Force, and the Tennessee Energy Policy Task Force. As a planning commissioner, her goal is to see Knoxville and Knox County prosper through economical, equitable, and sustainable growth.
Elizabeth Eason Architecture, LLC
524 S Gay Street, Suite 301
Knoxville, TN, 37902
Mac is an author and retired archaeologist, who is active in many civic groups. He is the current president of Town Hall East, serves on the board of Circle Modern Dance, is a member in the Association of American Geographers, and consults for the Labor Day Sunflower Project. Among his many accomplishments is an Archaeological Resources Management manual written for Wilmington, Delaware. Mac’s interests as a commissioner are smart growth, livable city, and climate change issues.
4801 Westover Terrace
Knoxville, TN 37914
Len is the owner of R. Len Johnson & Associates, an architecture firm, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Architecture and Design. A Vietnam-era veteran, Len is also a graduate of the U.S. Army's Officer Candidate School. He is a member of the state and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects and a past president of both the Knoxville Jaycees and the Knoxville Ski and Outing Club. The Union County Business and Professionals Association, where he served as president, named Len "Man of the Year" in 1992. His goal as a planning commissioner is "to promote quality development by integrating ideas from businesses, residents, developers, government, institutions, planners, and designers to make the Knoxville region a destination for people who appreciate all the region has to offer...today and in the future."
Michael is a senior engineer with Restoration Services Inc., a teaming partner with URS CH2M Oak Ridge LLC which is the Department of Energy's primary environmental restoration and waste management contractor in Oak Ridge. He has been active in the Fountain City community for many years, having served as the chairman of Fountain City Town Hall, spearheading efforts to enhance the new Fountain City Branch Library, and leading a community task force for the Fountain City Skate Park. Michael is a former member of the Knoxville Utilities Board PACE10 Council and is currently a member of Knox Heritage, Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Knoxville Museum of Art. He is a deacon at Smithwood Baptist Church.
Charles is the Match and Training Coordinator for Amachi Knoxville, an initiative of Knoxville Leadership Foundation. A Knoxville native, he also serves as senior pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Alcoa. Lomax graduated from The University of Tennessee with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from the Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the National Scholars Honor Society, the International Theological Honor Society of Theta Phi, and the NAACP. His goal as a commissioner is “to help with the enhancement of the Knoxville area for this and future generations."
Becky is a retired English teacher and librarian. A lifelong Knoxville resident, she taught at Rule High, Gibbs Middle, and Gibbs High from 1968-2001. She also was an athletic trainer at Gibbs High. She received the Knox Area Chamber of Commerce Best Award in Education in 1998, and served on Mayor Ragsdale’s Task Force on Racial Disparity in School Discipline as well as the Channel 2/15 Community Advisory Board. Her goal is to maintain the integrity of neighborhoods while allowing for growth and development. She believes in supporting the MPC sector plans, particularly in regard to environmental concerns.
Jeffrey is the vice president of Quality Machine and Welding Company in Knoxville. He has served as the Legislative Committee Chairman and Chairman of the Board for Associated Builders and Contractors. He is active in the Builders Exchange of Tennessee, serving as Treasurer, Board Member, and Executive Committee Member, and he is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction. Jeffrey has also participated on the Sponsorship Committee for the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cancer Institute, co-chairing recent fund raising efforts for cancer research. Jeffrey's goal as a planning commissioner is to make informed decisions that foster development in all sectors of Knox County while being cognizant of property rights, property values, and environmental concerns.
Scott Smith is a Knoxville native and the President of Volunteer Realty. He graduated from The University of Tennessee with a degree in economics. He has worked as broker for residential and commercial real estate, has developed residential and commercials properties, and has extensive experience in commercial property management and leasing. Smith is a longtime member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville and the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors, as well as Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. He has served on the board of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity and the Knox County Board of Zoning Appeals. Scott’s goals as a planning commissioner are to ensure all citizens have a voice in the process and are treated fairly to the betterment of our community. He also wants to make certain that reasonable consideration is given to all parties affected by land use decisions.
Jack served 27 years on the Knoxville City Council, including the past 14 years as vice mayor. A long-time Fountain City resident, he is retired from a family business related to drug stores and other retail goods. His goal is to encourage quality development which expands the tax base by creating jobs for citizens while maintaining our area's natural beauty and the integrity of neighborhoods.
Janice, a 25-year resident of South Knoxville, is President of Averra Media Corporation, a website development, multimedia, and custom programming company. Her business is a founding member of the Urban Wilderness Arts and Trade District and she serves as the group's treasurer. She is president of the South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association as well as their representative to the South Knoxville Neighborhood and Business Coalition. She is also a graduate of the CAC Community Leadership course. As a planning commissioner, her goal is to ensure that development is done responsibly with concern for the economy, neighborhoods, the environment and the scenic beauty of Knoxville and Knox County.