Urban areas like Knoxville and Knox County operate through the interworkings of many groups: profit and nonprofit, government and private, elected and appointed, paid and volunteer. The Metropolitan Planning Commission is a major player among these.
MPC staff members typically lead or attend more than 100 community meetings per year. Their research, reports, and analyses contribute to landmark decisions about our area's future, often forming the foundation for long-range plans of action. Even routine zoning and addressing items at the MPC office touch the lives of thousands of citizens and developers.
MPC plays a leadership role in core planning efforts like neighborhood planning, transportation planning, development review, and market and economic studies.
An interesting part of MPC's work, however, is serving as part of a larger team for various projects around town. Some of these are:
Greenways and Blueways
In addition to examples listed above, MPC also provides staff support to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, The Cumberland Avenue Design Review Committee, the Fort Sanders Forum, the Downtown Linkages Study, and the Urban Transportation Issues Committee. MPC functions as an extension of city and county staff for numerous special projects.
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