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Advance Knox envisions three trajectories for development in Knox County, wants your opinion by Oct. 31

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Advance Knox Choices WeekAdvance Knox proposes three growth scenarios for the future of the unincorporated areas of Knox County.

If you missed the community meetings and the Zoom event during Advance Knox’s “Choices Week,” you can still take the survey online!

If you are unfamiliar with the Advance Knox project, you may find it helpful to watch the first 19 minutes of the Choices Week webinar recording before taking the survey.

Advance Knox is a process to prepare a land use and transportation plan for Knox County that is informed by research and community input,” according to its website.

In March 2022, Advance Knox offered a first round of public input opportunities during its “Ideas Week.”  As reported in Hellbender Press, community meetings were held all over the county. Participation opportunities at special group presentations, a Zoom webinar, and individual commenting on the website were similar to those of Choices Week.

A total of 187 members of the public participated in seven public Ideas Week workshops held all across Knox County (during a period of elevated COVID-19 risk).

249 citizens took advantage of the virtual Zoom meeting, the website submission forms and maps, as well as other input opportunities.

Although the grand total of 436 respondents was a minute fraction of the Knox County population, they submitted an impressive 1,905 unique answers, ideas and comments, 538 of which they associated with markers they placed on the Knox County map. Many of their submissions included much detail, good explanations or valuable specifics. Moreover, 239 of the participants completed the exit questionnaire.

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