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Knoxville Regional
Transportation Planning Organization

400 Main St, Suite 403
Knoxville, TN 37902

phone: (865) 215-2500
fax: (865) 215-2068

Regional Growth Concept

Grow Cities and Towns

The Cities and Towns concept focuses on redeveloping aging commercial areas with both businesses and homes to create an environment supportive of a variety of ways of getting around (car, bike, walk and transit).

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Growth occurs mainly in the region’s existing cities and towns. New development focuses on filling in the gaps and redeveloping commercial areas to create corridors of activity with a mix of homes, shops and services. Investment in several types of transportation is made throughout the region, with more transit service along major corridors.

Cities and Towns Regional Growth Concept Map

View a conceptual map showing how expected new population and jobs might be added to the region under a Cities and Towns growth pattern and the transportation improvements required to support it.


  • A variety of types of new homes are found within existing cities and towns, close to businesses and services, with some new subdivisions in suburban areas.
  • Some new homes and jobs are located along major transit routes in areas with both businesses and homes.
  • Transit is enhanced by introducing bus service in several communities and developing more frequent bus service where it already exists. Express buses connect small towns with large employment and shopping areas.
  • Investments in wider sidewalks and bike lanes are completed on most major roads in cities and towns. There are limited improvements in rural areas.
  • Farmland, open space, steep slope and floodplain areas remain as they are today.
  • Live New homes are primarily located within cities, towns and established suburban communities, including apartments, condos, townhouses and small-lot single-family houses. Some homes have a small rental apartment above a detached garage. More people are living in downtown areas and along transit routes. Some homes are built in rural locations near existing communities.

    Work Most new jobs are located in downtowns, community centers and along major transit routes. Some clusters of jobs are located in business parks in suburban and rural areas.

    Shop Shops and services are primarily located in downtowns, community centers and along major transit routes. Some shopping centers are developed in suburban areas.

    Play Regional recreation opportunities (e.g., lakes, rivers and mountains) are accessible by low-frequency transit for most residents and for communities with waterfront parks. Most local parks, greenways and recreation centers are within or close to neighborhoods, with sidewalks and transit linking people to these areas.

    Getting Around More frequent local bus service is available for many residents, and multiple types of transportation (e.g., car, bus, walk and bicycle) are available for most residents. Many neighborhoods are within walking or biking distance to jobs, school, shops and services; most others have access to local or regional transit to those locations. Schools serve smaller areas of the region, and some children have the option to walk or bike to school. Residents of outlying areas can drive or use park-and-ride express bus transit to access employment and shopping areas. Greenways are used for recreation and for getting to work.

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