The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia
Wednesday, 15 November 2023 09:34

Updated: Interactive map now available of proposed Knox County Growth Policy — for Nov. 27 meeting Featured

Knox County, TN proposed future land use map

KNOXVILLE — Members of the Knox County Growth Policy Coordinating Committee will hold their second (but first official) public meeting on Monday, Nov. 27 to hear from the public and consider amendments to the Growth Policy Plan that dates back to 2000. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building. (This meeting was previously scheduled for Nov. 16.)

The committee’s first of two meetings required by Tennessee State Law to change a growth policy plan had initially been announced for Oct. 24. However, when it became known that the announcement had not been published with due notice in a local newspaper to met the letter of the law, the Oct. 24 gathering was relabeled as a public information meeting only, and its agenda limited to merely provide an introductory presentation about the Advance Knox process and its proposals, with an opportunity for brief citizen statements.

Late breaking news: Interactive map available now

Several of those who commented on the proposed plan complained about the published maps’ lack of detail. The just released interactive map makes it possible to drill down to the neighborhood and parcel levels.

Hints: To more easily find your home or your parcel, tap the Map Layers icon in the bottom left corner of the map. It pops up a menu from which you may hide the Policy Plan Draft and Future Land Use layers to more clearly see the street labels and to identify exact building locations, before turning on topical layers again to explore them in the local context.

Anyone who wants to address the Growth Policy Coordinating Committee at the Nov. 27 meeting can register by calling 865-215-2005 by noon on Monday, Nov. 27, 2023.

Knox County began the process to create its first Comprehensive Land Use and Transportation Plan several years ago. Advance Knox was a data driven process to create a plan to guide growth, land use, transportation, economic prosperity and quality of life for years to come. 

Though Knox County has experienced significant growth, the Growth Policy Plan hasn’t been updated in almost 20 years. Updating the map and plan are an important piece of this process. After two years of community engagement on this project, and working with a team of consultants, Knox County government believes it is ready to move forward with a plan for adoption.  

For more information about Advance Knox, copies of the amendments, and members of the committee, please contact the project team at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website