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Transportation Planning Organization

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Knoxville, TN 37902

email: contact@planeasttn.org
phone: (865) 215-2500
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What IS PlanET?


Posted 03/12/2012

It’s a fair question. But it’s also one that’s hard to answer because there is no predetermined outcome. Right now, Plan East Tennessee, or PlanET, is a planning process aimed at capitalizing on the five-county Knoxville region’s strengths and addressing its challenges. What PlanET will grow to be is really up to the citizens in the region who are participating in the process.


One of the questions we hear most often is:  “What is PlanET?”

It’s a fair question. But it’s also one that’s hard to answer because there is no predetermined outcome. Right now, Plan East Tennessee, or PlanET, is a planning process aimed at capitalizing on the five-county Knoxville region’s strengths and addressing its challenges. What PlanET will grow to be is really up to the citizens in the region who are participating in the process.

 “A big part of our goal with PlanET is to hear from a diverse and active base of citizens and organizations throughout the region and maintain their participation in this long-term planning effort,” said Mayor Tom Beehan, City of Oak Ridge and PlanET Board of Mayor’s Chairperson. “We want them to get fully engaged in this process and become active partners for the most ‘livable’ East Tennessee possible, from now through many decades in the future.”

So haven’t we already done this? Isn’t this the same thing as “Nine Counties, One Vison?”

Well, no. PlanET is not the same thing as Nine Counties, One Vision. A major difference is that PlanET focuses on a more cohesive economic region—the Knoxville region—defined in part by worker commuting patterns that show a strong degree of economic interdependence across the county lines of Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, and Union.  

And, while “Nine Counties” was based on an immediate regional visioning process, PlanET is focused on long-term community involvement and actual implementation of a plan that will continue long after the three-year PlanET grant ends in 2013.  

Over the three-year PlanET process, which began in late summer 2011, three phases will lead to a targeted, meaningful outcome:  

  • Phase One (August 2011 – July 2012) will bring East Tennesseans together to establish a shared identity and vision.
  • Phase Two (April 2012 – March 2013) will take that vision and develop a shared direction with continued citizen input.
  • Phase Three (January 2013 – December 2013) will produce and report the final product, again with continued citizen input, and focus on implementation activities.  

If you would like to get involved in PlanET, you can review the many opportunities in the Participate section of this website.

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