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Buz Johnson
Buz Johnson Exits, Stage Right

Anyone who has spoken with Buz Johnson should not be surprised to learn that one of his hobbies is acting. He’s appeared in a dozen or so local productions, and his clear, resonant voice is made for the stage. Luckily for MPC, it also works pretty well for taking roll-call votes at monthly Commission meetings! Not-so-luckily for us, though, Johnson has decided to take his final curtain call as MPC Deputy Director on September 12. Read more >>

Northwest County
Planners Begin Work on Northwest County Sector Plan Update

Public meetings and an online survey are available to share your thoughts on the sector’s future.
When the Northwest County Sector Plan was last updated in 2003, the area had few people and little community infrastructure in the form of parks, recreation facilities, and schools. But as one of the most rapidly developing areas in the county, the sector has grown by more than 14,000 people, added two schools, and saw the construction of a major sports park. With so much growth, it is imperative that citizens bring their ideas to the table as MPC begins the process of updating the plan that will guide the sector for the next 15 years.
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Jeff Welch and John Schroer
Smart Trips Receives Air Quality Grant

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has awarded $27 million in air quality grants to 11 communities across the state. The money will fund a diverse group of projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality.

Smart Trips is thrilled to be chosen as a CMAQ grant recipient again this year. Pictured here, TDOT Commissioner John Schroer presents these vital funds to Jeff Welch, Director of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization.

Contacting the Planning Commissioners

MPC is streamlining the process for contacting planning commissioners. With an ever-increasing volume of citizen comments coming in the form of email, we needed a more efficient way of managing and distributing those comments so each planning commissioner receives the same information before each meeting. Beginning on July 14, emails sent to will be automatically sent to every planning commissioner, as well as several staff members. This process simplifies things on both ends of the e-mail: planning commissioners and staff have access to all correspondence in one place and citizens don't have to find email addresses for 15 commissioners. As always, we welcome your feedback as we introduce this new process. Learn more >>

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September 2014 Meeting Calendar
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NEXT MPC MEETING: October 9, 2014

Requests for Plan Amendments, Rezonings, Development Plan Approvals and Uses Permitted on Review Announcement

Ongoing Projects

Central City Sector Plan Update

Northwest City Sector Plan Update

Northwest County Sector Plan Update

Recent Additions

TTCDA Annual Report (9-10-2014)

Knoxville Area Facts and Figures 2014 (9-9-2014)

East City Sector Plan (6-5-2014)

Quarterly Summary of MPC Actions: First Quarter 2014 (5-14-2014)