Idea Composite Map

This map displays all of the opportunity places submitted by participants during the Ideas Week activities.

The categories of ideas are:

Places
Transportation
Other ideas
Total places marked:
Click on a dot to see comments about that location.

Total responses: 364

May 14, 2022 at 11:47 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Four lane minimum all of 1-40 in Knox County. Trains to airport, no-brained, get Joe Holtqvist’s trains going!! Also, 15 years later, greenway connectivity is abysmal and needs to be a priority to enhance community, neighborhoods and provide flexible transportation options and healthier lifestyles with connections to commercial areas

May 12, 2022 at 4:03 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Protect more open space. City and county need to check in on the status of the Witherspoon properties in South Knoxville. These are former (current?) SuperFund sites.

May 11, 2022 at 2:55 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Stop destroying farm land in Knox County.

May 10, 2022 at 9:27 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Revitalization of Downtown Knoxville demonstrates we can; that we can with capable leadership conserve, preserve, protect and enhance our resources for posterity.
Thoughts and suggestions essential opportunities for our future:
The French Broad and Holston River Corridors:
Conserving, preserving and enhancing the environmental, natural, pre and historic, and rural agrarian culture and character to East-Southeastern Knox County is critical to the air and water quality of the entire county and its quality of life overall.
This natural infrastructure is already paid for and the monetary cost is much less to protect and maintain, than destroying establish natural infrastructure and attempting to duplicate and rebuild in the future.
Protecting our natural infrastructure is more practical, economical and carbon effective than all the cost associated with the planning and design for rebuilding a so called “green infrastructure”. Not to discuss at this time the cost multipliers that politics brings to the re-building equation.
Sub-urban subdivisions of our prime agricultural resources and wildlife habitat enabled by politically sanctioned policies (or lack of) together with (ill conceived) publicly funded industrial infrastructure expansion like potable water, waste water extensions and treatment facilities have not and will not protect our long term air and water quality.
Waste water infrastructure in rural agrarian areas promotes urban sprawl that threatens wildlife habitat and natural resources, competes with agricultural operations and lands while siphons off critical investment from economically deprived established urban communities that are economically and environmentally better suited for those limited resources.
In Knox County, there are numerous under-utilized urban areas with the pre-existing infrastructure to sustain much needed re-investment and development. High density affordable housing that subsequently supports and sustains affordable, efficient, punctual and reliable public transportation modes should be a valid consideration and an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable solution to many of our housing and transportation challenges.
IMO, the working poor and impoverished should not be required to live homeless or burdened with all the costs associated with automobile ownership.
Knox County is a business; the county has finite real assets/resources.
Its real assets are the air, land and water resources that can and will be overwhelmed and exhausted with its current development practices and pace; likely much sooner than any estimates, if such calculations do exists. AS A SOCIETY, HUMANS HAVE GROSSLY UNDERESTIMATED CLIMATE CHANGE; AND MOREOVER, THE CAPACITY AND RESILIENCY OF THE PLANET’S RESOURCES; KNOX COUNTY IS NOT AN EXCEPTION.
This Planning Body was established to develop and implement the necessary policies and procedures to sustainably meet the infinite needs of the County.
No business operates successfully on time, on budget without quality well established and equitably enforced policies and procedures.
If the equitable management of Knox County’s natural resources is in the sole interest of the public good; then, the exploitation or not of our finite assets/resources is the primary obligation of the fiduciaries.
Knox County’s political elected officials, councils, commissions and their advisory administrative bodies are those who are sworn and/or contractually obligated to provide these fiduciary services.
Let’s not be distracted by government budgets based on revenues and expenses, these numbers have no real value without the air, land and water on which that value is based. When these finite assets are exhausted, so goes the real estate tax base and the wealth (or lack of) on which the budgets were established.
Long term, what will Knox County do when it loses its capacity (cheap land) to expand, to grow its tax base and taxpayers decide the cost of services exceed their benefit and are no longer appealing or sustainable?
Think about bankrupt Wayne County/Detroit, Michigan and other locations from which migrants move.
It’s not exclusively about the weather; it’s about the cost of the public services, real estate and taxes.
In the interim, these interstate tax avoidance immigrants compete for our public resources, housing stock, drive up municipal costs and inflate overall costs for native residents.
If we continue to exhaust our real natural resource assets, how far behind are income and property taxes and/or diminution of public services and overall quality of life?
Market and politically driven development policies has never and will not serve our communities or Knox County equitably, nor therefore, effectively and sustainably.
At best and short term, it enriches a relatively small group of developers, sustains misinformed and/or unscrupulous politicians while wasting our natural resources and our public funds.
Specifically and especially important to this concept is in East-Southeastern Knox County and whether we are able to conserve, preserve and protect the head waters of our county’s water supply as it enters and traverses the County.
Since the migration of the earliest European settlers, these corridors have been exploited and generally over utilized.
As our primary real asset, our rivers are our sole water resource; yet, we continue to allow and promote the compromise and diminution of the natural eco function of these resources with urban sprawl and poorly regulated industrially and commercial development adjacent to the rivers, their tributaries’, their flood plains and riparian systems while using their waters and waterways as our industrial and public waste water conduit to our oceans over and over again. This “closed system” is finite; most experts believe the hydrosphere cycle is more or less 7 days.
Furthermore, our river’s Riparian areas are important transition areas that connect water to the land and provide innumerable eco benefits that are critical for stream habitat, air and water quality.
Finally, the continued misuse and abuse of our waterways will overtime prove environmentally and budgetarily insurmountable to restore.
Locally and globally, Knox County has fiduciary responsibly to its residents and taxpayers are to conserve, preserve, and protect our real assets; and to, maximize the return on these assets and our quality of life for perpetuity.
These real assets have become extraordinarily vulnerable to indifference and exploitation. Indifference by Knox County’s elected and professional fiduciaries and exploitation by opportunistic developers and corrupt politicians for short term gain.
The many risks to and importance of East-Southeastern Knox County’s water quality has long been documented by Federal and State authorities and often deliberated with this Planning Body.
From the earliest (1930’s) USGS documentation of the exceptionally fragility and vulnerability of this region of the County to any intense development has been emphasized. This Planning Body has published multiple East County Sector planning documents emphasizing and including warnings for special consideration and with recommendations to protect the sectors resources from inappropriate development that would impact and ultimately overwhelm our water resource; especially, the ground water. Today’s ground water likely will be tomorrow’s surface water and vice versa.
More specifically, The French Broad Corridor Study published 2003 by this Body is the most comprehensive example to date to document the French Broad Watershed’s critical importance to Knox County’s agrarian and rural cultural, natural resources, and general quality of life.
As a County and society in general we CAN NOT rebuild our lost cultural artifacts and resources, restore our lost agricultural and wildlife habitat resources, or chemically treat our way back to “Clean” Air and Water.
Yesterday was the time to act responsibly, today is the time to act before the opportunities is forever lost.
Places that reflect well on the community today or are good precedents:
Revitalization of downtown Knoxville
Places that need to be improved or have potential for new housing, employment, or commercial development:
Get prepared with Shovel Ready projects to take advantage of potentially and imminent Federal funds in the Build Back Better and American Rescue Plan.
Start now, to develop conceptual plans to build affordable housing, commercial and industrial employment centers and public transit services as coherent units in all our under-utilized urban communities. Using and upgrading existing infrastructure should be foundational, building density to promote and support public transit including a future light rail system should be a priority and the goal.
Within our urban core, Plan and be prepared to build a true intermodal transit system including a new and real intermodal transfer station to accommodate and support an electric street car system, regional light rail and national rail services.
Identify and work potential regional partners to establish a plan of authority and encourage shovel ready planning.
Locally, Identify and plan for initial light rail extensions supported high density affordable housing sites, like a Carter Town Center or Halls Town Center, etc.
Many Knoxville inner city legacy communities have extraordinary need re-investment
Developers should be incentivized with public resources to build well connected (walk able), affordable housing with the necessary density to complemented and support integrated affordable, convenient, efficient, punctual, and reliable public transit modes.
Establishment of a strong well-incentivized TRD (transfer of development right) policy should be vigorously re-considered
Places that need to be protected, maintained, conserved, or preserved:
Our rural, agrarian culture, land; especially, our Holston and French Broad corridors and waterways
Farmland and wildlife habitat do coexist (we can do much better) and with the appropriate management and protection policies will help protect our air and water quality while providing ascetically pleasing, environmentally sustainable enhancement to our counties overall quality of life and food security
Infill development
Infill development should encourage, incentivize, and possibly require appropriate complimentary architectural development for existing historically important communities.
ALL infill development should be required meet and incentivized to exceed the latest and best practice energy use standards
Parks, public spaces, utilities, or schools
Build the True Legacy Park for the next Millennium
Knox County Parks list no multi use parks in East Knox County.
East Knox County has no multi use park; except, multiple antiquated underutilized industrial brown fields.
Build a true Legacy Park, a multi-use park for the next millennium (2200); a natural public park space that is planned and developed organically over the next eight decades to meet the population growth, the expectations and needs of Knox County in the 22nd Century. Think Central Park in NYC.
In the interim and to start, the defunct Development Corps of Knox County’s Midway Business Park should be transferred to the Legacy Parks Foundation and be developed as East Knox County’s only multi use public recreation park; an equitable use complex similar to and on par with those in SW Knox County: think the Cowan, Concord, North Shore parks with the space to grow into the future, the next millennium.
Environmental reasoning:
The entire 400+/- acre Midway Business Park is situated within a well documented and massive sinkhole drainage basin that multiple agencies including the USGS since 1930’s and the former MPC in multiple sector planning documents since the 1980s, have stated is “not suitable for intense development, like industrial uses” “such development should be avoided”. The extreme risk to pollute the aquifer is warned in numerous USGS and MPC documents.
The final Development Corporation of Knox County site plan and design noted more the 28 open mouth sinkholes and innumerable close mouth sinkhole depressions to be avoided, with 7 TDEC approved injection wells, now built.
Injection of storm water runoff directly in the aquifer should say it all.
Broader view:
Carter Town Center
Future development of the Carter community as a town center with the housing density to support commerce and public transit (with potential for regional connectivity to Jefferson City, Morristown, Greeneville, Tri-Cities) with well connected (walk able, bike able, etc.) access to the Midway Legacy Park, Seven Island State Birding Park, both the French Broad and the Holston Rivers and beyond (think House Mountain State Natural Area).
Think about, plan and invest in interconnecting all Knox County parks and greenway and trails.

May 10, 2022 at 8:07 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Knoxville and Knox County have great opportunities in hosting conventions and tourism for the nation with Opportunities like the Bass Masters tournament that was hosted a few years ago. Knox County should continue to invest in its stream and lake access areas.

May 10, 2022 at 7:53 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Zoo Knoxville is a treasure for Knoxville. It could be as big for Knoxville as the TN Aquarium was for downtown Chattanooga. Knoxville should look to expand the facility and infrastructure around it. Tourists (and sales tax revenue) already come from at least the Crossville/Cookeville and Chattanooga area to Zoo Knoxville. You may already be getting SE Kentucky and Western NC. Additional marketing to extended region media markets could help. The facility is worth additional investment and seems to have a lot of potential for expansion.

May 10, 2022 at 7:19 pm

My idea relates to: Places

May 10, 2022 at 7:16 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Other worthy goals —
– Expanding/increasing county parks -with natural settings (walking trails, forested areas, dark skies, and natural fields with wildlife, instead of more ballfields, stadium lighting, and mowed lawns)
– Preventing the planting of additional non-native, invasive species and working to eradicate their infestations that supplant native species

May 10, 2022 at 7:15 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Goals worth pursuing —
– Expanding and encouraging safe pedestrian and bicycle travel
– Maintaining and improving existing roads vs building new ones
– Providing charging stations for electric vehicles
– Expanding and improving public transportation
– Advocating strongly for continuing to reduce access points on Pellissippi Parkway between I-40 and Solway. (Rolling roadblocks to accommodate church traffic between Hardin Valley and Solway back up traffic and are dangerous!) Installing flyover ramp from Oak Ridge Highway to Pellissippi Pkwy headed south
– Ensuring driver training (multi-lingual, as needed) is incentivized and available without cost to the trainee to improve safety for all who are on the roads
– Phasing out use of heavily polluting vehicles in the county
– Ensuring roads, bridges, etc. are safely designed and constructed and remain structurally sound

May 10, 2022 at 7:14 pm

My idea relates to: Places

We need a recreational green area on Hardin Valley Rd.
We do NOT need more housing, crowding, chaotic traffic!
My family already had part of their property lost to widening road, building of schools…and we already have so much noise, traffic, littering…
Barely can drive out from our property at multiple times in the day…
We cherish our beautiful, Hardin Valley, and we are losing all the enchantment, and natural beauty.
Please consider ways that you can benefit the existing population, using the tax dollars we pay.
DO NOT ignore those who care about our current neighborhood. Do not create a bigger disaster around us.

May 10, 2022 at 7:12 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Goals to pursue…
– Preserving mature trees and and green space on public and private land (establish strong incentives and processes to preserve them)
– Preserving ridge tops (e.g., development on ridge at Hardin Valley is unsightly and likely erosive)
– Ensuring adequate services, including school capacity, roads, and utilities are sufficient to serve new populations BEFORE approving housing developments
– Avoiding further development sprawl
– Implementing stronger incentives to develop abandoned/unused structures and brownfield space instead of developing green space. Los Angeles’s Adaptive Reuse Ordinance and “ARO 2.0” that is in the works allows for defunct downtown office buildings to be converted to housing and is worth examining for lessons/ideas applicable for Knox County. 
– Eliminating sedimentation and runoff from construction areas to protect our water
– Establishing smarter approaches/policies (including promoting infiltration) to manage stormwater, especially in flood-prone watersheds
– Preventing the planting of additional non-native, invasive species and working to eradicate their infestations that supplant native species
– Changing the culture that results in a shameful amount of litter – litter that spoils views along our highways and quality of our waterways.

May 10, 2022 at 5:41 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I would like to see more limitations on residential development and more redevelopment of already residential areas (encouraging reuse of existing blighted areas such as the Clinton highway area near Travis Foods). Residential Housing constructed on larger lots where large trees remain after construction have reduced energy bills by as much as 25% according to USDOE studies. Residential housing constructed where the land is not graded and reshaped before development provides a significant better opportunity for rainwater runoff to be captured on the property thereby averting flood damage in downstream areas (USGS and TVA). The current surge in residential development is creating traffic congestion, over crowded schools, and a push to put to many people into a small area. Over development is also causing significant light pollution (lack of dark areas during sleep periods is a significant contributor to sleep deprivation).

May 10, 2022 at 5:32 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I would like to see more wild and green space preserved. I would like to see spaces that allow residents and particularly children to experience the natural beauty of this region.

May 10, 2022 at 11:34 am

My idea relates to: Places

To preserve some natural landscapes so that younger generations can see forests without having to drive to the Smoky Mountain National Park to do so.

May 10, 2022 at 8:40 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

I saw Automobile accidents this morning on HWY40 again. I also no longer use I-40 HWY for commuting time, especially after 4PM. Knoxville is growing and HWY do not function well. Too many cars and accidents happen. Is there any specific plan for traffic control in Knox County?

I grew up in Japan. Japan has great public transportation. Train comes on time. Electric Trams go around town. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions to build a Tram system for the commuter from West to Downtown? I thought If we have a tram in the middle of I-40, Have a bridge for each station to walk over the HWY. Then People can walk, use uber, or bicycle for a short distance. It is safer for everyone. Please take a look at the Hiroshima City tram.
https://www.japan-experience.com/plan-your-trip/to-know/traveling-japan/hiroshima-trams

I just saw the idea of Elon Musk’s hyperloop concept could become the fastest way to travel article. https://www.businessinsider.com/how-the-hyperloop-could-be-the-fastest-way-to-travel-2020-12?utm_campaign=sf-bi-ti&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&fbclid=IwAR0giS9EIbVhXzQzcgqhw3shWzxYogAhIOAAlVs5Ywv1ALRnxmiy_c24__k
Countries in Europe and Asia are filled with high-speed bullet trains, bringing passengers between cities within 2.5 hours. The concept gained popularity in 2013 when Elon Musk wrote his Hyperloop Alpha paper. And in November 2020, Virgin Hyperloop demonstrated its first passenger test ride.

I suggest to include these high tech transportation systems in Knox county.

May 9, 2022 at 3:09 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Not allowing private business to expand to county park, such as Concord Marina wanting to expand their marina along the lake into the County park.

May 9, 2022 at 3:06 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Linking up the greenway from West Hills to Sutherland to enable families to utilize more.

May 9, 2022 at 1:30 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Events that foster continuing the kindness and community feel Knoxville is known for. I’ve seen an uptick in “nastiness” when interacting with strangers which saddens me!

May 9, 2022 at 8:52 am

My idea relates to: Green Space

We have beautiful parks and public playgrounds and pools. My idea is to incourage builders/developers in lieu of parks w/in a development, encourage them on make a donation to exisiting green spaces/parks/pools etc. For example if there is development close to a park the developer and builder donates $20K to update the playground equipment or to finish out the public pool or add a pickleball court.

May 8, 2022 at 10:08 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Build parks and greenways in Hardin Valley since there is currently absolutely no recreation opportunities n the area.

May 6, 2022 at 9:58 pm

My idea relates to: Clear communication

Prior to land being classified, or reclassified, a clear understanding of intent to include what might be built on the property with that classification. If that does not materialize, the initial classification for that land should be reassessed to the prior land classification. This beginning point would assist aliviate potential misunderstandings of intent for land-use.

May 6, 2022 at 9:52 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Simply put, transportation upgrades, many times, has not had priority over land development(s). This has happened numerous times, (ie.land development ranks priority to a lacking transportation system) which compounds the lives of residents in the areas of misdirected approved growth. As development is expressing the need, somehow those who are developing the land upgrades need to provide (may be a land developer/transportation responsibility zone). Resources for additional considerations for additions to roadways, road extensions, widening of transportation networks and lastly, Eminent Domain are know mechanisms currently in review. Understanding the cause and effect is the case-in-point: Addition of subdivision(s), residents, car transports have created unwanted traffic patterns in the past in Knox County. .

May 6, 2022 at 9:21 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Consider for new development, a tax/long term (yearly) usage fee (to users when Agriculture productive areas (tillable soil) are forever locked into subdivisions (soil unusable, covered over or unavailable for food production). This practice is somewhat common to modify elevations to achieve ‘level’ lots (some 15’, 20’ and more in depth) where agricultural land is covered and lost for food production for several human life-times. The monetary collections might be directed for educating the local citizens (and developers) the long term consequences of these action/decisions and provide a smaller footprint on the surrounding ecology. This concern directed is for the total area of Knox County.

An additional possibility would be to collect (save) productive topsoil info required ‘green & grow areas’, maybe incorporating this practice within the development expectations. ,

May 6, 2022 at 2:15 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

There are good jobs in the county that can’t be reached by public transportation. I think the county should support the city in providing an on- demand microtransit service to get people to these jobs!

May 6, 2022 at 1:56 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Room for improvement: We need to allow zoning for multi-use developments and MORE affordable housing options in downtown. Every single new building needs to have 1. environmental impact assessment and greener infrastructure 2. affordable housing baked-in 3. multi-use zoning and development. Cities such as Somerville, MA and Durham, NC are great examples of cities prioritizing mixed-use development to preserve the character, walkability, and appeal of their downtown communities.

Reflects well: Knoxville has some incredible parks (Cherokee, Lakeshore, Ijams, etc.) that need better public transit options. It’s almost impossible for people without cars to access these parks.

Transportation: MORE, MORE, MORE buses and public transit options. It is impossible for people in outer areas of Knoxville to access downtown in a timely manner. One bus route down Kingston Pike does not cut it for “Access”. Ideally, parents should feel comfortable letting teens ride from Farragut or Strawberry Plains into downtown (and have plenty of options to get around the country unaided!) Buses that are CARBON NEUTRAL and ELECTRIFIED. Better access to Greyhound and interstate transit options in CENTRAL DOWNTOWN. Otherwise, Knoxville will choke on car transit.

May 6, 2022 at 12:27 pm

My idea relates to: High density housing

We need less , until roads, transportation,schools can accommodate we are rural not city and most would prefer to stay rural we love our peace and quiet respectfully Dry Hollow/Kimberlin Hgts communities

May 5, 2022 at 2:00 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Roads must be improved to adequately handle the traffic conditions for now and into the future.

May 4, 2022 at 6:39 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

More greenways, more bike paths, cleaning up trash in the water along third creek. A Greenway bike path in Hardin valley. Whenever there is develop encourage low lights or the equivalent amount of park space to keep ambient light down. Thank you

May 4, 2022 at 6:09 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

We need micro transit and we need transit outside of the city

May 4, 2022 at 6:08 pm

My idea relates to: Places

How do we house the people who are being priced out of rental property? We need strategies for dealing with evictions due to renovations and to deal with the crazy increase in rental rates. We are seeing an increase in homeless folks needing to camp on green spaces.

May 4, 2022 at 6:07 pm

My idea relates to: Places

-Make Knoxville more densely populated and try to slow down sprawl and the removing of green spaces.
-Put more money towards other forms of transportation rather than vehicles. Preferable bike lanes.
-continue to create laws that encourage mixed housing zones and areas. such that rich and poor houses can exist near each other.

May 4, 2022 at 10:48 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Transportation around the county could be greatly improved with planning for alternative modes of transportation during design stages of road construction. I would love to see protected bike lanes and physical bus stops (not just a sign on the side of the road). Other safety considerations I support are speed reduction on neighborhood cut-through streets and enforcement of speed limits. I think many traffic issues could be improved with an enhanced public transportation system – the current transit system is impractical to use compared to driving a car. Improved bus stops and increased, varied routes could increase use. In the past, KAT offered an express bus from downtown straight to Cedar Bluff that operated in the morning and evening. It was a great idea and I used it, but it was rarely on time and occasionally did not show up at all. It was unreliable so I understand why it had very low ridership. And also – greenways are awesome and more is better.

May 4, 2022 at 10:36 am

My idea relates to: Places

Increase tourist exposure to our local parks, trails & history.

May 4, 2022 at 9:06 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

We need a bypass before it’s way too late. The bypass would allow for additional business corridors as well.
We will end up like Nashville if it’s not too late. It’s a big task, but if not addressed it will limit our growth as a community.

May 4, 2022 at 7:11 am

My idea relates to: Land Use

Topographically and drainage-wise our area can be very challenging. Development should be encouraged in areas that are least challenging and have ready access to utilities, while somehow retaining areas more challenged for parks, activity areas, etc. The reality is most parks appear underutilized currently, but some greenery is nice mixed in with development. Encouraging higher density and mixed-use development would be great as well…higher density means that less land is used for the same number of people and adding in mixed-use means those people have to travel shorter distances, often a walk or a bike ride, to obtain goods/services.

May 3, 2022 at 1:35 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

I would love to see all the greenways connected, not just by roads. It would also be great to see more sidewalks to provide more safety for walkers and bikers.

May 3, 2022 at 1:33 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I would love to see the greenways connected completely, not just by roads. To have sidewalks between all major developments would be really nice as well. It would also provide more safety when walking and biking.

May 2, 2022 at 7:39 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Need a to widen Hardin valley road and add sidewalk the entire length

May 2, 2022 at 6:59 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Stop/slow the rapid over development of Hardin Valley. It is becoming overly congested. The schools are past capacity, the electric flickers in the morning for over capacity on the grids and the traffic is becoming a nightmare

May 2, 2022 at 4:48 pm

My idea relates to: Places

May 2, 2022 at 4:48 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I wish that the county would implement stricter animal ordinances like those of the city so that I did not have to live next door to a chicken farm with 30 hens/5 roosters.

May 2, 2022 at 10:16 am

My idea relates to: Something else

There is a lot of self dealing on the Planning Commission. Developers should not be allowed on the Commission or at the very least, it should beVERY LIMITED. You owe it to your citizens to ensure that our commissions follow the same standards as corporate boards and there are no personal or business interlinks.

May 2, 2022 at 10:11 am

My idea relates to: Places

I was very surprised that with all the growth, Knoxville has very few planned communities. Even finding one with a pool was hard. People want places where they can live work and play. As Knoxville grows, it would be great to have communities such as Baxter Village in South Carolina. https://www.baxtertowncenter.com/

May 2, 2022 at 9:59 am

My idea relates to: Something else

Preference should be given to infill development to make sure that downtown Knoxville is vibrant and safe. Special economic incentives based on a master plan for revitalization that includes corporate recruitment, both luxury and affordable housing and recreation/shopping/arts is vital. Let’s make downtown a work, live and play environment! There are a lot of great examples including Charlotte, NC

May 2, 2022 at 9:54 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Knox County’s obesity rate is 28.70% and is the 10th highest city in the COUNTRY for obesity https://www.cbs42.com/news/health/where-are-the-fattest-cities-in-america/. Compare that to Asheville NC which is the metro area with the lowest at 18.50%. More needs to be done around making healthy living more accessible in our neighborhoods. This means sidewalks, CONNECTED walking paths/greenways and bike paths on roadways. There is no reason why Knox County can’t reach Asheville’s numbers.

May 2, 2022 at 9:46 am

My idea relates to: Places

There should be master plans for the city and suburban areas that include stricter signage standardization, natural areas in parking lots (i.e., it CANNOT be just pavement), mandatory sidewalks on both sides of ANY street (or walking paths), mandatory open spaces and protected land use for parks and recreation.

May 1, 2022 at 11:12 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I get that we need places for bikers. But not in a way that hurts traffic by taking away lanes. We need more policing at the parks. Other than that- I think we’re on the right track

May 1, 2022 at 11:07 pm

My idea relates to: Infrastructure

Clean, repair, and replace the infrastructure ans sewage

May 1, 2022 at 7:48 pm

My idea relates to: Leaving

How are you going to plan to manage growth when YOU CAN’T EVEN MANAGE CURRENT CONDITIONS?!

May 1, 2022 at 6:47 pm

My idea relates to: Neighborhoods

We should call for more thoughtfully planned neighborhoods. No cookie-cutter houses stacked on top of each other with little yard space. Dog parks and green space should be built into each planned residential parcel, and house designs should include more yard space and more creative designs so that rows of houses aren’t dull and boring. Each residence should include natural colors that blend into the environment to create a better aesthetic. Lastly, new neighborhoods should be linked with other residential communities to divert heavy traffic from main roads and create safer walking opportunities.

May 1, 2022 at 5:33 pm

My idea relates to: Parks

Please please protect the low density and hillside protection in the northwest sector. We need more greenspaces and recreation areas to support the population explosion in Hardin valley

May 1, 2022 at 4:50 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Rent cap. Rent is becoming too high for anyone to afford on minimum wage.

May 1, 2022 at 4:35 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Utilize property around power lines to make walking trails or greenways so that people can avoid walking near the roads or busy/noisy highways. By doing this, people seeking recreational opportunities will be able to walk in a more peaceful, quiet environment; also, the County likely won’t have acquire land from property owners and get involved in unwanted disputes.

May 1, 2022 at 4:01 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Enforce the Knox County Hillside and Ridgetop Protection Plan so that the beauty of the ridges and mountains is not torn to shreds by developers seeking to build 100+ houses on properties that are not fit to handle the development.

May 1, 2022 at 3:02 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

I am 65 and thoroughly enjoy riding my e-bike on the rural roads of north Knox County and surrounding counties. However, riding from my home in Powell to downtown Knoxville/UT is not for the faint of heart. I would like to see a safe for all ages, recreational/commuter/connector route from north Knox County to central Knoxville and major greenways. This should be extended from downtown Knoxville towards Sevier or Blount county to reach cycling routes to the Smokies. We may not have equivalent unused rail-beds available but I see the LIttle Miami Scenic trail near Cincinnati as an ideal model. Such built environment encourages active transportation to address our chronic disease epidemic and enable consumers/commuters to reduce car traffic/gas consumption.

May 1, 2022 at 7:31 am

My idea relates to: Places

The maybe we stop building houses and MORE banks and MORE houses/apts and MORE WalgreensCvs etc. Save some trees so that we can breathe in this quickly changing climate. pollution from people cars and noise. All of this for more taxes!?!
When does it stop? How much is enough?
“Pave paradise and put up a parking lot” thank you

May 1, 2022 at 2:51 am

My idea relates to: Places

Preserve farmland.

May 1, 2022 at 2:17 am

My idea relates to: Something else

New neighborhoods should be required to have sidewalks.

May 1, 2022 at 1:42 am

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The abandoned house on Lovell Road. Very pretty and historic house built around 1931 that would be a great place to conserve. Address is 1013 Lovell Rd.

April 30, 2022 at 11:38 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

City county consolidation. Eliminate duplicate services like police and fire. County form of government. Less spending on two of everything.

April 30, 2022 at 11:35 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

PLEASE invest in public transportation and sidewalks. We don’t have the infrastructure to support all these cars, and the traffic is becoming unbearable. In Knox County, you might live half a mile from a store, but walking is dangerous, and instead you have to take your car on the road. Give people alternatives to driving.

April 30, 2022 at 9:59 am

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Strictly regulate/tax at a high rate any single family homes/condos utilized as rental properties to aid in local families being able to purchase homes where they live. Rent is double a mortgage for many properties, and doing this would increase market volume during a rough market and insulate additional community members from fluctuating costs of living due to rent rate increases. This is for non-apartment-style residences. Apartment style buildings should remain rentals to encourage good use of space and further investment by large companies.

April 30, 2022 at 7:33 am

My idea relates to: Something else

Knox county must be dreaming of being like it’s big sister Nashville. That is unfortunate, because Knox is so much better. Do not allow excessive dense growth, manage housing appropriately without surging Knox to a large city. Tennessee is about to become unrecognizable, we can barely see mountains, fields, and water due to building happening on every square inch. Growth is good, but surging will cause us to lose our identity. Tread lightly

April 30, 2022 at 7:24 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

More designated bike lanes and integrated bike safety

April 29, 2022 at 8:18 pm

My idea relates to: Housing restrictions

I feel we need more unrestricted land for modular homes to allow a more diverse economic class to be able to live here

April 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Improve and expand pedestrian and bicycle facilities throughout the county. It’s impossible to safely walk to places less than a mile from my house because the sidewalks aren’t continuous. Expand bus services out of the city into the county. Encourage bus use and carpooling at public schools so car pickup lines aren’t taking up traffic lanes for hours during work days.

April 29, 2022 at 6:54 pm

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I would like to commend the town and community of Farragut for its community-forward city planning. I believe all of the greater Knoxville area could take note of things in Farragut like greenways, street lighting, well developed neighborhoods, sidewalks, upkeep of public areas, and city parks. I believe Knoxville can flourish and Farragut is providing a blue print.

April 29, 2022 at 6:50 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

The hyper growth has created heavy traffic congestion. While there are several road around the main interstates and highways, they don’t really serve as positive alternatives to utilizing the interstates. The smaller roads, typically narrow 2 lane roads do not allow for heavy flow. More people utilize highways and interstates because they have several lanes, lighting, and and typically well maintained. Our connecting roads that are more traveled could be expanded to 4-5 lanes with railing, lighting, and increased speed limits. This will encourage the use of these roads and take off pressure from the interstates.

April 29, 2022 at 6:46 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Maintained public greenways, I see, are a great opportunity to provide easy recreation for the new developments. It allows surrounding residents opportunities to enjoy outside without needing to drive to a city park or to the mountains. It’s boosts physical activity and encourages neighborly interactions. Greenways that connect communities are a large benefit to those around them.

April 29, 2022 at 6:42 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Sync up traffic lights and make them all go off of sensors. There are many lights that cars sit at because it turns red only to give the green to directions with absolutely no cars. In addition, many lights will turn green then the next light turns red at the same time which causes more congestion. If they synced up like many do in other cities it would alleviate so much traffic.

April 29, 2022 at 3:00 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

subway or train system is much more efficient overall than buses that are always behind, slow or are poorly maintained.

April 29, 2022 at 9:21 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Bus stops needs shelter from the sun and seating. Advertising can help pay for it. It shouldn’t be humiliating to be using public transport and some stops along Kingston Pike are just awful.

April 29, 2022 at 8:38 am

My idea relates to: Land Use

I went to the Blount County Co-op yesterday and overheard a conversation that was extremely upsetting.

A man asked the employee, behind the counter, about traps. You know the kind…when an animal steps on the trap it will close and the animal will suffer there until someone comes back to “finish it off.”

This man said “I have a bear getting into my bird feeder, I want one to scare him off.”
I’m pretty sure it is illegal to trap bear and when I mentioned that fact to the woman behind the counter she said “Oh…a bears paw won’t fit in that trap” I didn’t respond.

What if only part of his/her paw ends up in the trap? The animal could be maimed forever. Obviously the bear is hungry….we are developing and destroying more and more of their habitat every year. Just look at John Sevier Hwy!! A huge area has been completely clear cut!! We have bear, bobcat, etc living in that area. ( Including the Martin Mill area.)

We must do more to protect our local wildlife! We live in an area like NO other!

Please know that your decisions, when it comes to the development of this area, affects more that just humans! Protect our area before it’s too late!

Thank you,

Jeanne LeDoux-Hickman

April 29, 2022 at 7:38 am

My idea relates to: Places

BEFORE ALL THE LAND IS USED FOR BUILDING HOMES SOME PROPERTY NEEDS TO BE ASIDE FOR PARKS, AND SCHOOLS, ESPECIALY IN THE KARNS ,POWELL HARDIN VALLEY AREA

April 29, 2022 at 7:35 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

MAKE BETTER SIDE WALKS, IN SUBDIVISONS, BUILDERS NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR BETTER WIDER ROADWAYS

April 29, 2022 at 7:32 am

My idea relates to: Places

SLOW DOWN THE BUILDING OF SUBDIVISIONS AND MAKE THE BUILDERS PAY IMPACT FEES FOR INFRSTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS NEED TO SUPPORT ANY BUILDING, INCLUDED ROAD IMPROVEMENTS, FIRE AND POLICE

April 29, 2022 at 6:12 am

My idea relates to: Something else

we HAVE to solve the morning and afternoon traffic around the schools. the area of Kingston Pike and Campbell Station roads is WAAAAYYYY too congested. If I am not at that intersection by 8 am my kids are late for school (8:30 bell). I would have them take the bus but the buses are so overcrowded that many times kids are sitting in the aisles with no seat.

April 29, 2022 at 6:06 am

My idea relates to: Places

outdoor fitness park

April 28, 2022 at 11:25 pm

My idea relates to: Keller Bend Bluff

Could the Keller Bend Bluff Park be opened to the public?

April 28, 2022 at 11:22 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Please convert every bit of land you can to some kind of protected area so that we have any green space left in Knox County. It’s all being developed.

April 28, 2022 at 11:22 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Have land developers preserve a certain number of canopy trees during construction of new neighborhoods in west Knox. Older, established neighborhoods like Fountain City are a great example of what a difference trees make in neighborhoods.

April 28, 2022 at 11:21 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

We would love more greenways and sidewalks everywhere. We’d bike and walk more with those. We’d love a greenway tying neighborhoods off Westland (Benington, Roefield, Polo Club).

April 28, 2022 at 11:20 pm

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Make Clinton Highway through Powell a place that draws in a diverse range of businesses and restaurants and restrict the new development of more mobile home sales centers, used car dealerships and pawn shops. Also consider the availability of fresh and local prepared foods- it’s not quite a food dessert but it’s not got any healthy restaurants either, which increases congestion to other areas like Cedar Bluff, Farragut. etc as residents around this area have to travel further out for any food besides fast food. Provide some sort of incentive or assistance for business start ups who move into defunct shopping plazas and can help revitalize blighted plazas or properties.

April 28, 2022 at 11:18 pm

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Please, please stop the sprawl! Those cheap box houses replacing beautiful farmland off Hardin Valley and Choto, forested ridges being stripped on Emory Church Rd…they look terrible, they will age terribly.. Can we please protect large swaths of land from development so we don’t lose all of our natural areas to this?

April 28, 2022 at 10:12 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Less multi-family housing. Apartments lead to population density and infrastructure problems.

April 28, 2022 at 9:06 pm

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Much of Knox county is defined by Beaver Creek and Beaver Ridge. Beaver Creek is in the process of being cleaned and is going to be a great recreation attraction for both residents and visitors. Beaver Ridge needs to be protected! It is being slowly carved away by developers.

April 28, 2022 at 8:01 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Preventing congestion with proper planning should be the #1 goal. You hold the keys to proper planning via permitting. Growth at all costs ruins the livability, and that is what makes Knox County special.

April 28, 2022 at 7:57 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

We should look at how much road damage is caused by contractors out in west knox county as they build and let them cover the cost of repairing completely NOT patching the roads since construction began on the connector through Ball Camp the roads have been destroyed, as well as due to all the contruction….FILL EMPTY BUILDINGS 1st…new construction moratorium until all vacant spaces are filled regardless of location.

April 28, 2022 at 7:52 pm

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I love that we have/had a lot of green space but at the rate of growth and the counties willingness to let builders buy up land that will change soon. I think the best thing Knox County could do is require all unused building/living spaces be remodeled and filled prior to allowing in future building permits to be issued for ANY and ALL contractors. This should be one of the top priorities of KNOX COUNTY and it’s government

April 28, 2022 at 7:22 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Knoxville has the worst drivers in the entire country, and I have driven in nearly every state and also other countries, and Knoxville is the worst and getting worse every week.
Start requiring drivers education in schools. And People should have to take at least a short written test when they remove their drivers license. How about simple questions asking, what do you do when the light turns green? (Umm, GO!). This seems to be the capital of drivers who sit through green light and don’t go, to go through red lights when they’re not supposed to, and I think that the left lane is reserved for the slowest drivers on the road.

April 28, 2022 at 7:04 pm

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Protect hillside protection. I saw Clayton Properties Group Inc. filed Development request on 3-28-22 (5-A-22-SU) on “Glen Ford Rd” for Variance. Topography – Buildings do not fit on graded pad. Buildings will encroach onto the 2:1 slope w/ current setbacks. 50+ HOUSES on Hillside protection. Start protecting the homeowner not the developer. Millertown Pike has become a congested nightmare of traffic and cars.

April 28, 2022 at 7:01 pm

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Demolition of coliseum, it is totally embarrassing for mid size city. How many mayors now have canceled plans? Unacceptable! Move it to Worlds Fair Park for true connectivity to downtown, redevelop entire parcel of coliseum, police dept. Tear down old Hyatt too.

April 28, 2022 at 6:57 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Finish widening Shaad Rd. Five lanes of 1-40 from downtown to 75 split (minimum 3 lanes to Lenoir City.

April 28, 2022 at 6:54 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Number one priority for transportation should be to connect downtown to airport by train with a spur to Maryville, then future growth in other directions, such as Sevierville and Lenoir City

April 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm

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The greenway system is important, and we are fortunate in Farragut where I have lived for many years to have a robust greenway system and several public parks. Maintaining and expanding greenways — for walking, running/jogging and biking — needs to remain a priority and should be expanded throughout the County, North, South, East and West, and the same goes for public parks. I would like to see an expansion of the splash pads that have been developed for use in late Spring through the early Fall.
While I live in Farragut, my office for my law firm is downtown on Gay Street, and it has been great to see the revitalization of downtown Knoxville from the Old City, to Market Square, to Gay Street itself and expanding to Happy Holler, etc. Proper incentives need to be kept at the forefront to continue that momentum downtown — the new Tennessee Smokies baseball stadium downtown is a fantastic project, and it has been good to see local governmental leadership get behind that project. The City and County need to continue to support that project and the related development that will go with it and do what is necessary to assist. It will result in not only the direct benefits to the community that go with that development, but also will generate substantial tax revenue in addition to the intangible benefits of having amenities like having the Smokies downtown. It was a mistake to not support them previously (which directly led to their leaving Knoxville for Sevierville), and to instead ONLY support the development of the Knoxville Convention Center — they were not mutually exclusive and both could have, and should have, been supported. It is good that mistake is now being corrected.
Regarding transportation, we have been slow in Knox County to properly plan for our growing population with regard to transportation infrastructure. The ongoing Alcoa Highway project was desperately needed, but the only problem was that it was about 15 or 20 years behind schedule in starting that work. Knox County government needs to be more aggressive in working with the State TDOT and with the Federal DOT to push along needed road projects. The I-40/I-75 corridor is a main artery for traffic flow in Knoxville simply because of the way that Knoxville grew (almost entirely to the West) starting in the 1970s and continuing to today. Unfortunately, those also happen to be two of the busiest interstates in the U.S., and are two of the main Interstate corridors going East/West (I-40 from Los Angeles to Eastern North Carolina) and North/South (I-75 from Detroit, MI to Tampa, FL) for both people and the transportation of goods. So we have huge truck and auto traffic traveling through Knoxville while at the same time local residents using the Interstate as the main route to go from the Western parts of the County to downtown and vice versa (and to places outside of Knox County like Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and on to North Carolina and the Tri-Cities, etc.). The stretch of Interstate running through Knox County has to continue to be improved to deal with the volume of traffic, including all major interchanges. But in addition, other East/West corridors in Knox County have to be improved. Northshore should have been widened to five (5) lanes (two lanes East and West with a center turn lane) a LONG time ago from Lyon’s View all the way to Harvey Road in deep West Knox County. Portions are 5 lanes but it needs to be five lanes the entire way, which means a lot of right of way purchases (condemnation) and the building of several new bridges. Also, the I-75 Bypass that was on the drawing board a few years ago (starting in Anderson County and reconnecting with I-75 somewhere near the current I-75/I-40 split west of Watt Road) was a great idea that would remove a huge volume of “pass through” traffic (particularly truck traffic) from I-40. I’m not sure why that ever got put on ice, but it needs to be resurrected — yesterday!
Finally, we need to recruit and bring back some of our industrial base in the U.S. generally, but also here in Knox County. A few years ago, the Industrial Development Board proposed an Industrial Park in East Knox County (in the Mascot area), on land that has already been designated for Commercial/Industrial on the County’s existing Land Use Plan. Amazingly, following some public opposition by residents in that area, the idea was put on hold. The IDB had been recruiting some potential businesses for the Industrial Park, but those jobs went elsewhere. There is plenty of beautiful farm land/rural land in East Knox County. But having an industrial park in that area (with excellent access to the Interstate) is also important to the future of the County and its residents. The two can co-exist just fine, and Knox County and the surrounding area needs to attract suitable manufacturers and wholesalers who want to locate here. We cannot survive in Knox County as simply a “services only” job sector/market.
We also need to encourage the commercial re-development of certain “blighted” areas such as the Alcoa Highway corridor and the South Knoxville/Chapman Highway corridor. Our main artery to the region’s only commercial airport needs to be significantly improved.

April 28, 2022 at 10:15 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Rail Service to connect within our state and to other States, to get access to beaches and to bring others to our side of the state. The country side is beautiful and we could connect in with current rail systems. There is freight rail here in Knox county and (I know there is a TDOT RailPlan, but wanted to raise the passenger aspect of it.

April 26, 2022 at 6:54 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

That the county really needs to provide an acceptable option for public transportation between cities. As a county with a university in it (and a national lab very close to it), a safe station and reliable service are required to move people from Knoxville to the nearest major airports/cities (why? 1. climate change, flying from here to ATL or BNA does not sound ok at all, and 2. there are different groups of people who cannot drive for any reason (e.g., older people, people with vision or mental concerns, etc.); they now have zero options as a safe station or reliable service to get to the cities which are not far away. Megabus is being missed a lot too. The county can (and should) consider and improve the lives of all residents and for this particular issue, perhaps through negotiating with bus companies or whatever other solution.

April 26, 2022 at 5:20 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Provide for plenty of green space. Don’t over build like Nashville and other cities.

April 26, 2022 at 5:14 pm

My idea relates to: Parks

It would be great to have a large park in Hardin Valley. Some walking trails.

April 26, 2022 at 5:14 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Please keep some of the farmland and stop so much development. I love seeing all the old barns. I love that we have a bunch of shops and restaurants, but we also need to keep that rural land. I feel like that’s what people love. We need to preserve and conserve our land. It would also be nice to have a park in Hardin Valley instead of another housing development.

April 26, 2022 at 4:52 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Event or Performance Space in West Knox/Farragut. Probably non-profit set up to support efforts of local groups, artistic pursuits and help diversify tourism initiatives across the County.

April 26, 2022 at 4:40 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Northshore need to be widened to two lanes in each direction. This would provide a parallel east west road to Kingston Pike. The development out west has taxed Kingston Pike and Interstate 40/75.
Another concept would be to develop the I75 bypass from Watt road area to racoon valley road, this idea was shelved back around 2007. It should have happened.

April 26, 2022 at 1:23 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Keep zoning density low in areas where single family residences are the predominate housing. Infrastructure typically can not handle high density housing and even if there is a plan to improve infrastructure, it takes forever and costs an arm and a leg

April 26, 2022 at 8:34 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Build the 75 connector! get truck traffic off I 40 between watt road and downtown.

April 26, 2022 at 7:57 am

My idea relates to: Something else

School are overcrowded. Before new developments are built land needs to be allocated for schools
Better planning overall for infrastructure needs to take place before new developments get approved

April 26, 2022 at 7:54 am

My idea relates to: Places

We need more public input on development

April 26, 2022 at 7:54 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

We need better roads to address the traffic congestion. Traffic is growing. More Public transportation is needed

April 26, 2022 at 7:47 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Fewer apartments, condos. Less high density living. Maintain the value of well-built homes. Carefully consider the value of privacy and peaceful living. Bring a new addition to Farragut schools in order to accommodate high traffic volume in the Choto area and the number of kids living in Choto. Add a pool to the County for the thousands of kids on swim teams and the kids who would swim if they had a place. Some middle and high schools cannot swim at all and all of the rest of them take turns swimming at UT. It’s a shame that the healthiest sport one can be involved in is ignored in Knox County.

April 24, 2022 at 1:21 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

#1: Bicycle/ Small EV (scooters, etc) network that branches out throughout the county with a hub downtown. Everyone should have access to commute this way if they want.
#2. We have enough existing rail that we could have a passenger rail network throughout the county. This is necessary as we are and will continue to see exponential growth for some time.

April 22, 2022 at 10:01 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Be prepared for quick electrification of transportation.
Rapidly expand charging infrastructure and facilitate its installation and use in multi-family residential areas, places of work and public venues.
Promote vehicle sharing cooperatives and the use of lighter vehicles that are more appropriate for urban area use and its typically low occupancy, such as 3-wheeled vehicles, which require less parking space and can navigate congested city streets with greater ease.

April 22, 2022 at 9:50 pm

My idea relates to: Don’t sell out to the first bidder!

If we want a strong economy, we need to develop a vision that enhances the value of our strong assets, rather than go for a wholesale attitude to get quick cash. We must make sure tax revenue will be sufficient in the long term to cover the increasing cost of public services and to respond to new challenges that come with natural disasters and other exigencies that are bound to multiply the longer we wait with effective measures to curb climate change.

April 22, 2022 at 9:38 pm

My idea relates to: Agriculture

There must be much more attention to protection of the scenic integrity (what little still remains) of our county. Rural areas, agricultural land, and prime soils in particular are routinely and almost systematically ignored, in stark contradiction to what was laid out in Knox County General Plan 2033!

This needs far more careful planning, better definition, strong policies and safeguards to be enforceable.
Sadly, developers have become accustomed to exploit the weakness of the planning staff and the planning commission, and the habit of the latter and the county commission to rubber-stamp almost every application that disregards these principles that are vital to the livability, sustainability and resilience or community.

April 22, 2022 at 9:23 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

We need sidewalks in and around all residential areas and much better marking of bicycle lanes. These need to stand out much more, particularly at intersections, so that drivers of cars and trucks are reminded to watch out for less conspicuous users of the the lanes.. What was recently added at W Baxter is a great start!

April 22, 2022 at 4:54 pm

My idea relates to: Places

The County should plan to protect certain property that has special features before the developers get to the landowners. There are some stunning areas around still, but if left to heirs and developers, they will disappear forever. More conservation easements or other devices for protecting these areas should be encouraged.

April 22, 2022 at 4:52 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

More sidewalks and walkable neighborhoods. It is ridiculous (not to mention scary and dangerous) that everyone from children to senior citizens have to walk in the streets to get anywhere if they don’t have a car or if they just want to get exercise. Developers seem to get their way because money talks, but since they have the money, they should build the sidewalks. Their argument that it is too costly is just their way to keep more of their money. Plenty of other parts of the country provide sidewalks. It is a real shame that we don’t have them here in the County.

April 22, 2022 at 4:46 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Employment Center zoning should be removed from the Zoning Ordinance and property that has been zoned EC should be rezoned for something that is compatible with surrounding property. EC zoning allows for incompatible uses to be side-by-side (industrial next to residential and next to schools, for example). This sets us up for unsafe and unhealthy conditions for neighborhoods and schools in the future and depressed property values for housing in the vicinity of these zones.

April 22, 2022 at 4:37 pm

My idea relates to: Places

We need some assurance that there are plans that will recognize that both development and the quality of life represented by preservation of the environment and of open space are important. Plans that change every time a developer asks that they be changed can hardly be called plans.

April 22, 2022 at 4:28 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Plan for ways for people to move around the County over the long-term, that do not require individual cars and trucks. We are already seeing significant congestion and safety issues on our roads, especially during rush hour and school drop-offs/pickups, since infrastructure is not keeping up with development, so we need a practical (affordable) long-range plan for a way to handle all these extra people, given that we will have insufficient roads for the foreseeable future. Otherwise, we will always be in catch-up mode, i.e., by the time we improve the roads as currently planned, we’ll need to accommodate more people than those roads can handle. Maybe consider something like bus rapid transit down major roads like Broadway, Clinton Highway, Oak Ridge Highway, Chapman Highway.

April 22, 2022 at 8:29 am

My idea relates to: Places

Increased frequency in public transport. I strongly believe that if we can increase the frequency of our bus network (maybe a Bus Rapid Transit type system) then more people will willingly choose to use our KAT system. This would help reduce traffic in future decades.

April 21, 2022 at 11:47 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Sidewalks, sidewalks, sidewalks. I bought a house a year ago in west Knoxville and many of the newer neighborhoods are just cut in from a busy road. You can’t get from one neighborhood to the next (or to local shopping, greenways, parks, etc) without a car. My particular case is that I live less less than 1/4 mile from my grocery store on Middlebrook, but I can’t walk or bike there because you leave my neighborhood on to Bob Kirby, which is narrow, has no shoulder, and folks fly down it. I can’t access the wonderful sidewalk on Middlebrook or the bike lane on Lovell, because I can’t get out of my neighborhood safely! I saw that same situation all around west Knoxville as I was home shopping.

April 21, 2022 at 9:01 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Expand the roads and infrastructure prior to approving new neighborhoods

April 21, 2022 at 8:48 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Add extra lanes on Hardin Valley Road to ease congestion.

April 21, 2022 at 8:47 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Please add more parks that cover a wide age range of kids – places for biking and scootering plus climbing playground equipment and swings.

April 21, 2022 at 8:35 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

The Karns area is growing tremendously! This could be a great thing if the roads were also being adjusted to accommodate the number of new homes.

April 21, 2022 at 6:52 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

The current roadways cannot support the amount of growth we are experiencing. We are gridlocked everywhere we turn. I live in karns and they have added 6 new subdivisions in the last few years and we are all crammed on these tiny country roads. Traffic backs up at the karns bypass intersection every afternoon and morning for miles. Something has to be done.

April 21, 2022 at 4:46 pm

My idea relates to: School

Our schools need to have a behavior system that is effective. We need to look at Oak Ridge and Maryville to see what they’re doing to make their schools so great. The behavior in our school is overlooked and while 1-2 student misbehave, hours of learning time is lost by the students who are ready to learn. Allowing the misbehavior is a disservice to all the children and the teachers.

April 21, 2022 at 4:41 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Knox county needs to have more public swimming pools. More pools continue to close. Our children need places to enjoy outside and to get exercise. All the state pools have closed and most of the public pools have too. Most of the pools that are open are not ran by Knox County and it is a struggle for them to remain open.

April 21, 2022 at 4:38 pm

My idea relates to: Places

New housing needs to stop growing so rapidly in Karns and Hardin Valley. All the land is being destroyed. Flooding continues to get worse. Car accidents continually increase along with traffic and unsafe roads. The beautiful parts of Knoxville is being destroyed along with wildlife. If housing is approved the lots need to be much larger (1+ acre lots).
There needs to be a traffic light at Harrell, Carpenter and W. Emory. This is something that has supposed to have happened for the last 8 years and it still has not been done. It is an incredibly dangerous intersection and only get worse as Smithbilt continues to be a cancer in our community.

April 21, 2022 at 3:37 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

to keep aging (losing driving skills) population’s transpo needs high on the list of needs. Perhaps medical service centers, e.g. Parkwest Blvd, Fort Sanders, etc. could unite to underwrite some easy to use comfortable transpo services.

April 21, 2022 at 2:49 pm

My idea relates to: Places

More of Hardin Valley needs to be preserved and land dedicated to community resources such a playgrounds and splash pads, community center with meeting rooms, community indoor & pool, basketball courts, volleyball courts with pavillions to rent as well as restrooms. There is nothing like this in the HV area and with it being the largest growing area in the county we need dedicated areas for families to take their children to play. We also need sidewalks to be required in new developments as well as adding greenways to Hardin Valley for biking/walking etc. None of this exists, I would love to see greenways developed like they have in Farragut. Also no new housing developments should be approved until the existing infrastructure of Hardin Valley is road is improved and expanded/widened. It is literally land locked during school drop off/pick up as well as rush hour. There needs to be individuals at the schools directing traffic flow to improve the process. It’s a literal nightmare. The three schools are also overcrowded and additional schools need to be built between Farragut and HV to help accomodate the increase in growth.

April 21, 2022 at 1:45 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Restrict developers to building neighborhoods on roads with infrastructure to support them. Hardin Valley is a mess.

April 21, 2022 at 12:49 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Leaders and commissioners need to stop taking contributions directly from the people whose plans they are approving.
There must be a way for business and infrastructure to coexist – 4400 units approved for the Hardin Valley end of town effective the start of 2022 with no corresponding sewer, transportation, or educational improvements is not wise.

April 21, 2022 at 12:24 pm

My idea relates to: Places

April 21, 2022 at 12:08 pm

My idea relates to: Places

April 21, 2022 at 12:07 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Trash is all over John Sevier at times (close to the dump) and no one picks it up.

April 21, 2022 at 12:06 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

John Sevier needs to be wider. With more homes in south Knoxville, John Sevier seems to always be backed up. May rebuild better infrastructure BEFORE building all these cookie cutter homes. There is also no sidewalks on John Sevier or Martin Mill or no public transportation options near by. There is not even a bike lane on John sevier

April 21, 2022 at 11:57 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

More bike trails! There is some biking in Hardin Valley and there is a bike trail on Lovel road going to Turkey Creek (connecting to the Turkey Creek Greenway) that could use some safety improvements. I would love to see Hardin Valley Road be connected to Lovel Road. There is plenty of space between Schaefer Road and Pellissippi Pkwy that would allow for a nice bike trail. I know we want to promote healthier living and it would open the possibility for many adults and teenagers to ride a bike from Hardin Valley to the movies in Turkey Creek!

April 21, 2022 at 11:49 am

My idea relates to: Places

Restaurant / Beer Garden with a view. Especially here in Hardin Valley we have ridges and apartments complexes with the nicest view on the mountains. With all the potential mountain views in Knox County I can’t comprehend that there is not ONE single restaurant with nice outside seating – perhaps an attached beer garden – overlooking the mountains. There are many lots available that are used by commercial properties (Local Motors) day cares and storage units with amazing views – but no restaurants? Please give us something to enjoy dinner, drinks and the incredible mountain views!!!

April 21, 2022 at 10:11 am

My idea relates to: Something else

With all this development there should be a dramatic increase in property taxes if the county was governed correctly. This should be used for much better education and for investment in public parks.

April 21, 2022 at 10:08 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Too late now but Hardin Valley could have been covered in developer-provided greenways like Farragut. The county never uses their power to demand useful concessions from developers. It is clear who runs the county.

April 21, 2022 at 10:06 am

My idea relates to: Places

Limit destruction of forested areas. Provide buffers along roads and around subdivisions.

April 21, 2022 at 7:54 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Widen Emory rd and Tazewell Pike to accommodate current traffic flow

April 21, 2022 at 5:40 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

vastly increase the number of and space for bike lanes for transport, particularly around school zones which currently are severely lacking. The 1 mile rule that prohibits kids from riding buses into the schools should be used as a guideline for infilling those school zone related road segments with bike lanes so students and teachers who live within a mile of a school can safely ride their bikes to school.

April 20, 2022 at 11:46 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

We really need to recruit more builders. We need to put the word out about just how much Knoxville has grown and how much we need new houses and new commercial developments. We have a lot of new businesses but if their employees don’t have a place to live, they won’t stay. We need builders who are willing to merge residential living with commercial development. People are willing to pay more money to be closer to the convenience of quality retail and dining. If we continue at the current rate of building houses, it will take us 20 years to catch up to current demand. I do understand we will need more schools and roads in order to meet the demand of housing but we are so far behind in building that if we don’t do something soon, it will take too long to catch up. Even now, most new construction projects are taking at least a year to complete.

April 20, 2022 at 11:40 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

We need more roads connecting to major hubs throughout Knoxville. Everything is congested and it’s only going to get worse unless we start building more roads.

April 20, 2022 at 11:36 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Bring back booms day. The fireworks display was wonderful and really made Knoxville stand out with tourists.

April 20, 2022 at 11:34 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

I would love to see the county invest in child care and childhood development activities. Even if it was a tax break for the facilities already operating. Many people are flexing with working at home but also, many people have needed to work extra jobs in order to make enough money to handle inflation. Child care is very expensive. Anything to help subsidize the cost of child care and keep costs low would be very helpful.

April 20, 2022 at 11:31 pm

My idea relates to: Places

More schools. Ideally all year round schools like in Maryville.

April 20, 2022 at 11:29 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

More public transportation options to surrounding cities. Ideally, set up a bullet train from Knoxville to Atlanta so commuters can travel between the cities in an hour vs. 3 hrs by car. We have a lot of travelers going between the two cities and both cities are already congested enough. A high speed bullet train would be very successful.

April 20, 2022 at 11:27 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Monorail to the airport. Many cities have monorails and they are very successful. They are also on time which I know is a big issue with public transportation.

April 20, 2022 at 11:25 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I would love more parks but I would also love parks with features such as art that kids can play on, community space like BBQ pits/ picnic tables, and areas with tulips (I see people stop along the highway all the time to take pictures with the tulips – also the forks of the river area gets a lot of visitors when the sunflowers are in bloom).

April 20, 2022 at 11:20 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Toll road to the Great Smoky Mountains. This part of East Tennessee is way overly saturated with tourists. Even the back roads are too full. I know many people who would gladly pay a small fee to go to the mountains without sitting in traffic for 2 hrs.

April 20, 2022 at 9:46 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

We need more sidewalks in South Knoxville and Vestal. We have a few scattered sidewalks that don’t connect. We especially need sidewalks for safety on Moody Ave near Walgreens rather than walk in neighbor’s yards. I would love to be able to walk safely around SoKno!

April 20, 2022 at 8:33 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Knox County needs to build Senior (single) only housing not only for Assisted Living. I believe establishing senior (single) condominiums in South Knoxville that are affordable would add to the community. The senior age (single) already deserve a nice affordable safe place to live. Every area of Knoxville has quite a few condo communities except South Knoxville. The seniors are the ones that have built the community and deserve their senior years to be nice ones! Just sayin! Also, everyone will be a

April 20, 2022 at 8:21 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Connect greenways to provide more waking and biking.

April 20, 2022 at 7:07 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

We need more parks and bicycle lanes. It would be nice if the downtown Greenway could connect with the Greenway by the airport

April 20, 2022 at 7:07 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

In the rest stops there is a pamphlet trying to appeal to retirees to move to Tennessee. Living expenses, property taxes, etc. are a lot more expensive in some of states north of here . With a lot of baby boomers retiring now, many are looking to move to a less expensive place. A lot are retiring with good pensions/retirement funds that could boost the economy here. Advertising to this group of people emphasizing the benefits of the Knoxville area (1) University of Tennessee -with learning & cultural opportunities (2) entertainment opportunities (3) low cost of housing & goods (4) low property taxes (5) good medical facilities (6) friendly people. However people from these regions would probably be looking for things they are used to (1) sidewalks (2) easy access to transportation, etc Advertising targeting retirees from New York through Washington, DC suburbs could yield interest in our area.

April 20, 2022 at 4:47 pm

My idea relates to: Developers

Developers typically work with a 30% profit margin. Most developers are also working with grants they get from the state to help them. Many counties have implemented developer fees, and I think that should be implemented in Knox county as well. If developers are going to be allowed to continue developing at the rate they are, they should have to support the cost of also improving our infrastructure. Ive watched MPC approve too many developments that were not beneficial to the county or community and didn’t bring value. They come in and then they leave us to deal with the problems while they buy boats and gated houses with their 30% profits. Its unacceptable. If they want to develop here, they should have to bring more benefit that they currently are.

April 20, 2022 at 4:38 pm

My idea relates to: ALL OF THE ABOVE

Create a developmental rights program where developers can buy development rights of a farm so land owners can get revenue out of their farm without discontinuing the farm and giving up the land. The developer then gets to use those rights on other property and projects to increase the density, but we also get to keep agriculture and farms. Improvement of county parks, and increasing the activities available within those parks would be nice. I know the plan for the improvement of the park near the cove was spectacular and would be of great benefit to the county and residents within. I love going to Florida and riding bicycles because the have pedestrian walks and bike lanes. Its not something that is provided in Knox county right now, but I think it would be of great benefit to residents if we worked on adding bike lanes and crosswalks. Our roads are in terrible shape. This is mostly because our county MPC keeps approving development after development without taking in consideration whats already been approved and not yet built out. Then when they do build out and you compound the ones approved after that, we end up with heavily congested roads and schools. MPC & County commission both have got to stop approving developments when they don’t take the time to look at the whole picture. They are literally destroying our county and the scenery, along with the infrastructure. We have to make infrastructure a top priority.

April 20, 2022 at 4:11 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Our road Pine Grove needs to be widened two cars can barely pass. Dump trucks on our road is dangerous! If he meets the buss somebody gonna get hurt. The buss driver don’t let no grass grow if you know what I mean.

April 20, 2022 at 3:43 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Knoxville is great for the amount of public parks/spaces it has. However for people who can’t drive they are inaccessible. We live in North Knoxville. I have seen people walking/riding bikes along Cunningham Rd., Beaver Creek Rd., & Central Ave Pk. All are 2 lane roads with narrow shoulders. There are no sidewalks on these busy roads & it is dangerous for pedestrians & cars trying to get around them. Perhaps a blacktopped hiker/biker trail that parallels the road might be a solution.

April 20, 2022 at 2:53 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

When we were in another area, they had a very efficient bus system. Small buses would come around the different neighborhoods on predetermined set days each week. How many days/times they came through the neighborhood depended on the demand for the service. After these buses completed their run through the neighborhood they would go around the local business/medical area so people could do their shopping or medical appointments. The local mall, Walmart, etc. would furnish benches in the front so passengers could wait for the next bus or wait for a bus going to another area.
The Knoxville bus system as it stands is inefficient. People who cannot drive are left stranded unless they have someone to drive them. A lot of buses have routes that people can’t access unless they can drive someplace to meet the bus, resulting in a lot of empty buses. The days when all buses wound up downtown are no more.

April 20, 2022 at 12:01 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Knox county needs parks. As more and more housing goes in, people need public spaces including bike trails, sidewalks and parks. There should be an overlook park so that people can see our lovely hills and mountains. Transportation by bike so that people can get out from behind the wheel and exercise! I am speaking specifically about the Harden Valley area. Think in terms of “now that we have housing, how do we make it a community? Sidewalks, bike trails and parks along the style of the First creek and Third Creek styles.

April 20, 2022 at 10:49 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Add rapid transit.
Reroute interstate traffic out of dense urban areas. Build outter loop interstate around the city.

April 20, 2022 at 10:47 am

My idea relates to: Places

Neighborhoods providing housing options for all incomes – more ADU’s and affordable housing.

April 20, 2022 at 10:45 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Need to live “local” w/ many broad sidewalks, greenways, bike paths and the best possible public transportation options.
Carpools to Discourage single driver car trips.

April 20, 2022 at 8:18 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Lonas drive needs help. The lanes are not wide enough for KAT and school busses and poor water management is speeding crumbling edges of an already too narrow road.
Papermill exit at the highway could also use sound deflecting walls like the previous exit has.

April 19, 2022 at 10:25 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

I feel that I must SAY THIS LOUDLY: WHAT IS SO HARD ABOUT PUTTING A KAT BUS TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT?

There are bus terminals, there are poor people who need a ride, do it. This is one of the simple actions the city can take, Put the bus down at the KAT station to and from the airport from 6am to 9pm. We could probably raise 3 million dollars in a few years. Charge $10 one way.

For every bus ride you take .5 cents is donated to housing the unhoused in permanent single room housing. Put a bus stop where folks can leave their cars and take the bus from South Knoxville to downtown, to Bearden, to East Knoxville.

Do an amazing MARKETING campaign for folks to challenge themselves to ride the bus. For instance, the bus stop in South Knoxville is only on Chapman Highway, too far away! For the stops in Kroeger parking lot, make a brightly colored bench, add incentives, and do specials. Do a mailing, get involved with commuters and especially the white working classes and seniors like myself who really want to take the bus but don’t have a place to park my car on Chapman Highway and not sure of the direct route. How about Chapman Highway just goes direct to Bearden? I think it’s the changeover at the station that is a turn-off. When I lived in New York, you just take the bus from one place to another-easy peasy.

April 19, 2022 at 10:19 pm

My idea relates to: Places

To give reperations to all the community that was displaced through the removal of people from the Walter P. Homes, on Martin Luther King Drive and to create place and space for the young men in the East Knoxville community by creating at least 4 new basketball courts, 4 new health food stores, and 2 new healthy places to eat on Martin Luther King Avenue. How about everyone who has a permit to build any kind of new construction has to put into a fund that will go into these projects– putting millions of dollars into creating healthy, engaged community.

Place the police department in BEARDEN instead of on the east side-CLOSE THAT DEPARTMENT DOWN. It is the most racist part of Knoxville, period!

Put 3 million dollars into KNOXVILLE COLLEGE instead of the white, racist, ball park and spend money on POOR PEOPLE!!!
Why does the city give building permits for luxury housing and apartments and lower Broadway looks like India/ BUILD AFFORDABLE and Single Room Occupancy Housing that is less than $400 a month! Engage the community and build something for the people, not a ‘state of the art’ Performing Arts Center but a regular, functioning community center at Knoxville College-revitilize it–this is the best action the city can take–that which gives true programming for all of the folks who live in Londsdale, Mechanicsville and Western Heights.

April 19, 2022 at 8:40 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Repave the roads, Oak Ridge Hy is terrible from the red light to Grace Baptist! Many others are just as bad, where are our road tax dollars going???

April 18, 2022 at 7:41 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Finish the South Knoxville Connector. We in South Knoxville we’re promised this major transportation infrastructure decades ago. The State appropriated funding to build it, but the dictatorial mayor of Knoxville at the time unilaterally killed it. It can be resurrected, but it will require someone with the leadership to put the welfare of the many above the wants of the few.

April 18, 2022 at 10:04 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

The bus system and greenways in Knox County are sporadic. If I wanted to ride the bus to downtown, I would have to take a connector or two. There is also not buses that go to neighborhoods in the county. I work in Karns, and if my car were to break down, I would have no options to get to work.
Big Dream: Have a metro system!

April 18, 2022 at 9:10 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Please link the greenways together. Knoxville has a lot of sections of greenway, but they are largely disconnected making safe travel on foot, bicycles, etc difficult and dangerous. A unified greenway makes the city more appealing and increases property values.

April 17, 2022 at 10:04 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I would love to see a system of parkland created along the south side of the river similar to the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, SC. Their is industrial lane southeast of the Gay Street Bridge that would make for a great park. Additionally, a greenway going from the Bluffs connecting all the way to Ijams would be great for encouraging walking.

April 16, 2022 at 10:13 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Bring tiny home living for the homeless instead of tent city . There is a tiny home community out west that offers this temporary housing for the homeless. No electricity is offered.

Also, the new housing replacing Austin Homes doesn’t appear to had playgrounds or anywhere for the children to play. I saw some children playing on the sidewalk.

April 15, 2022 at 3:37 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

How are you all considering transit oriented development. Are you working alongside KAT and other regional transit organizations to property up-zone areas surrounding bus stops and other transit options? These higher densities and development around stations would help increase ridership and reduce traffic while crating more people oriented spaces.

April 15, 2022 at 9:31 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

More sidewalks! More bike lanes!
Traffic calming for the most nerve-wracking section of Kingston Pike!—change from 4-lanes to a 2-lane, with a safe median and shoulders.
Beautifying the riverside, namely Holston Gases and the old, nasty dock across the river from it.

April 14, 2022 at 12:02 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Knox County is growing and with that growth there comes a need for more commercial space, better roads, better transit and better response times from Knox PD and Sherriff.

To better accomodate the need for retail space Knoxville must force mixed use development anywhere they feel the need to allow any apartment over 3 stories (commonly called 5 over 1). Many of the industrial properties in Knoxville and the county of Knox at large are in prime locations that would be better suited for 5/1 development or for commercial use.

April 13, 2022 at 8:10 pm

My idea relates to: Litter

Three prong approach
1. Ask all land owners who are able to pick up litter quarterly on their property. Create some easy way for a land owner to ask for help if they can’t safely pick up the litter along the road of their property.
2. Do a campaign of some low budget mention every time kind to remind people that litter is gross, pollutes, ugly, doesn’t biodegrade, harmful to animals & interferes with water which can harm drivers as well. Also when taking your garbage to the dump strap it down TIGHT!!!
3. Increase the number of groups the county has picking up litter. Have a group of vests, picker upper things people like me can borrow when we organize community litter pickups.

April 13, 2022 at 8:17 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Freeways will need to be expanded to include more lanes to prevent traffic. Suburban roads are recommended by GPS because it is more efficient. This will upset the residents and make for a more dangerous neighborhood environment. As people move here and become familiar with routes around town, GPS will continue to plug in various residential routes to those that do not know the main roads and freeways. Freeways should be adjusted to accommodate the influx of residents moving to Knox County.

April 12, 2022 at 3:35 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Transportation. As Knoxville and Knox County continue to grow, freeways to become overcrowded. They cannot be expanded fast enough to meet the needs. We should think about a light rail line running from Magnolia Ave to Farragut and from Powell to South Knoxville via the James White bridge. Otherwise, Knoxville will become like Houston, TX, where “rush hour” is simply standing still in your car for hours.

April 12, 2022 at 11:53 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Sidewalks down Northshore. It’s a beautiful place but lacking walking areas. Specifically from Choto down Northshore towards Lenior City. There are many housing developments in that area but not a way to access them via foot.

Also, school traffic by Farragut Middle & High School is a disaster. Why do three schools have the dame access point? Not logical and needs a new plan.

April 12, 2022 at 9:35 am

My idea relates to: Places

I would love to see for cooperative housing models, especially for refugee families, Americorp Vistas, multigenerational families, and single mothers, all of whom struggle with the financial burdens of access to affordable housing and to the other social determinants of health.

April 12, 2022 at 8:52 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Focus transportation improvements around those who need it most. Those living in low income areas and without access to cars. We need to take care of our most fragile residents first to lift them from poverty.

April 12, 2022 at 8:49 am

My idea relates to: Places

We need to integrate low income housing into wealthier suburbs and apartments to promote diversity and break the poverty cycle. No more should it be acceptable to tout the “not in my backyard” philosophy. We need to enable people to successfully break out of poverty and being integrated with strong public resources will help kids in tough situations find a path to a brighter future.

April 12, 2022 at 8:47 am

My idea relates to: Places

We need to provide natural wild lands / forests in locations prone to flooding. With climate change, we should expect more intense rainfalls which can lead to significant flooding. Let’s take the time to ensure adequate reservoirs and natural waterways to the river and not pave and development all of our land.

April 12, 2022 at 8:01 am

My idea relates to: Something else

Move Amhurst SW to extend it to Schaad. Work a deal to trade existing RW for new RW starting at curve in front of cement plant thru wet area between existing homes.

April 12, 2022 at 7:50 am

My idea relates to: Something else

There are very limited parks and community / youth sports fields in Hardin Valley. This needs to be a focus – we are running out of land quickly.

April 12, 2022 at 7:49 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Knox County must plan roads before or alongside development. Hardin Valley went from a rural community with new schools and a handful of developments to a traffic jam full of apartments and more developments over about a 15 year period. Everyone saw it coming – it was no surprise and yet infrastructure wasn’t invested to support the growth. How is it that Murfreesboro, Franklin, and other areas with tremendous growth can see that vision, allocate time and money for planning, and invest in the community to spur more growth (instead of lock it down).

April 11, 2022 at 8:15 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

The enormous success of L&N Stem Academy, Beaumont Magnet Arts Academy, and West High School’s IB Program are a roadmap to a future for Knox County’s School’s. It’s clear that magnet schools done right are highly desirable to parents – as desirable as expensive private schools – (check out the waiting lists for the magnet schools I’ve mentioned). Robustly supported and effectively administrated magnet schools are the key to a great school system, and one that offers the choice that public school parents say they want. Charter schools aren’t the answer. Magnet schools done right are, and Knox County Schools could become a model district for the entire state in how to best utilize magnet schools to improve student performance system wide while offering public school parental choice.

April 11, 2022 at 8:08 pm

My idea relates to: Places

The city needs to be strongly focused on improved and connected walkability. Stand-alone subdivisions that connect to nothing should be a thing of the past. Being able to safely walk, bike, e-bike, or utilize public transportation throughout the entirety of Knox County should be a top priority.

April 11, 2022 at 1:08 pm

My idea relates to: Equity

Utilize resources at hand to assure Families in underserved communities are empowered to own their own homes and not just rent with the Help or rental Assistance. Allocate blighted Property to be used by Minority Business owners and Organizations. Be sure not to exploit The Poor and Underserved by running with these Ideas but not given thought to the Inability of The Underserved to afford costly services associated with breathing life into these ideas.

April 11, 2022 at 1:05 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Create small town-centers near various neighborhoods to cut down on traffic. Most neighborhoods are densely packed and going to the store requires venturing into commercial areas that are also crowded. Reduce the footprint of those commercial areas to blend with residential neighborhoods. A return to smaller shops concentrated on service the surrounding areas would help reduce the traffic.

April 11, 2022 at 9:53 am

My idea relates to: Places

I would, as an artist and a history buff knowing what it means to this community, LOVE to see Knoxville College worked on. Or at the very least more protected. Fix or board up the broken windows. I just want to see that huge piece of local history truly taken care of.

April 11, 2022 at 9:49 am

My idea relates to: Places

We need more parks and outdoor play areas. There is a “playground” on Baxter Avenue at the bottom of Reed Street that clearly hasn’t been a park in 30 years. It is an empty lot. If you Put in a park with a fence and a camera without a doubt I know it will be used. And I would rather see these kids out playing there then in the middle of the road constantly. Again nothing immaculate, just more safe play spaces for kids.

April 11, 2022 at 9:43 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Resurface problematic roads, not lapping bandaids on them. Ex. Western Avenue, Beaumont Avenue, multiple back roads in the area, there are a handful of absolutely wrecked roads that need attention more than we need new bridges to to turn a simple on/off ramp into something more complex than necessary.

April 11, 2022 at 9:30 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Turn that section of Kingston Pike/Cumberland Ave from US129 headed East into town into a pedestrian zone. Route traffic around to the right—all the way down to the river (?). Provide homeless and other persons vouchers for food/beer/etc when they pick up trash area and help maintain the area. Use the empty bldg next to Copper Cellar as outreach spot for homeless—is there a kitchen in there? let students cook hot lunches/prepare picnic style lunches; Knox County service providers (health and safety workers) can set up offices there; local charities provide clothing. Plant trees and food bearing plants in raised beds along former street—let homeless/students provide care with UT staff/Master Gardeners providing oversight/training. Businesses along the strip would change their parking lots/drive through lanes into open seating areas (again, plant trees (dogwoods)/bushes; set out tables/pergolas, etc.) Set up one section about midway with raised stand (covered) for performances by local people. Let UT opera singers, musicians, etc perform; drum circles; poetry reciters; cheerleader practice……whatever talent UT draws and develops use this forum to share with public. Set up free library stations (free art stations, too). Paint murals on those ugly blank walls of buildings (empty and otherwise)–like it’s done in town; set up sculptures and bird houses. Right now the area is congested and we see new high-rises going up while other older buildings stand empty and forlorn. Surely UT has enough talent to find ways to enliven and beautify that area while also addressing real social and environmental issues. Imagine if a section of the pavement was made to collect solar energy and sparkle in the night. Imagine temporary showers and sleeping pods set up in the parking lot areas behind businesses. Imagine wheelchair accessibility throughout. Imagine a large screen at the “grandstand” that broadcasts UT games for the public to watch (with food stands nearby and people bringing bag lunches). Let UT mascot roam the area and greet public, record concerns. I’m sure this area has so much more potential than purely commercial business.

April 11, 2022 at 8:26 am

My idea relates to: Places

Develop centers for supporting the TN Smart Yards program. Just as we have centers for recycling trash, we need centers for picking up mulches and compost and learning how to develop smart yards and purchasing native plants/trees. Both service and educational centers; several of them placed throughout Knox County to be convenient to each area and focus on unique needs of each area. Include city areas. Also, just as we have trash and recycling pickups from homes we should have food scrap pickups (for composting).

April 11, 2022 at 7:40 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

One of the biggest concerns is the maintenance of current roads. I understand the investment in the greenways, but I think the priority should be the county roads.

April 10, 2022 at 4:38 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Better access points for the schools in Hardin Valley. Every school day the traffic is unbelievable with pick up points for all 3 Hardin Valley Schools. There needs to be an access road (maybe a flyover ramp) from another road besides Hardin Valley Road to each school entrance and get this traffic off of Hardin Valley Road and quit blocking the intersection.

April 10, 2022 at 4:32 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Plans and ACTION to maintain and improve infrastructure such as roads BEFORE new construction. The development for the last 10+ years in the Hardin Valley area has been enormous to say the least and it seems there has been no thought, plans, or action to maintain or make more roads or access points for all the traffic that the new developments (school, business, subdivisions) have created. Our roads are not maintained as well as the right of ways kept mowed or maintained. Why would you build more structures or roads (whether business or residential) and you don’t even maintain what we currently have. You ask for suggestions, but where is the ACTION behind the requests???? Thank you for allowing us to respond, now please, do something about it. HELP! God bless you

April 10, 2022 at 1:22 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

We need more pedestrian corridors. Bluegrass and Ebenezer need more sidewalks connecting neighborhoods and schools. You could tackle storm drain improvements and add sidewalks along Bluegrass Rd all in one project.

April 10, 2022 at 1:21 pm

My idea relates to: Places

We need a county ambassador for the Tennessee Smart Yards program! Help residents help reduce stormwater pollution and runoff. Help homeowners take pride in the the beauty and health of their yards and how that affects our waterways and quality of life.

April 10, 2022 at 12:44 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

More bike paths, sidewalks, and public transit options to provide alternative modes of transportation for as many people as possible

April 9, 2022 at 4:50 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

More sidewalks for safety for children walking home or pedestrians now finding they need to walk more

April 9, 2022 at 4:49 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Better planning for building schools to keep pace with growth to avoid over crowding. Land needs to be set aside for future school buildings

April 9, 2022 at 3:48 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

School Meals. Stop by Gibbs Elementary any day of the week unannounced and see if you enjoy what is being served to our kids for lunch. When was a child school meals was the best part of the day, good food and enough to eat. The very small portions and lack of vegetable options are unacceptable even for elementary school students. Not to mention salt and pepper have been removed from cafeterias, there should be the option to give some flavor to otherwise tasteless food. I do understand salt to a degree but pepper, what does pepper do to harm the body? The food is completely unseasoned and even a child should have the option to attempt to enhance the flavor of their food. There is so much waste because the kids do not like the offerings and the offerings are very few. Perhaps if you could mix and match but you have to choose one of two or three options that have only one thing your child would eat. Kids are coming home hungry and that should not happen. And cheezit should never be offered before vegetables. My child does not like meat nor sugar and there is very little she will eat from the cafeteria. I do not understand how Knox County considers their lunch program healthy choices when vegetables are not offered every day(Instant potatoes without seasoning is not considered a vegetable). Especially when you have a child that is a vegetarian by choice. Where is the broccoli corn peas beans etc. etc. baby carrots and a Caesar salad occasionally doesn’t seem to fit the healthy meals objective. Healthy filling meals for students please.

April 9, 2022 at 2:01 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

The Hardin Valley area desperately needs either a wide and safe biking/walking path to the schools or something to handle the horrendous school traffic and crowding. We live in a subdivision where we literally are almost right behind the school but rather than walk 100 yards across private property, our kids will have to walk an 1.46 miles to get to school. And we’re in the parental responsibility zone so there’s no bus available.

April 9, 2022 at 9:41 am

My idea relates to: Schools

Our schools are already over crowded and apparently all you have to do at Knox County MPC is stamp approve on any new developments that come across their desk. So my idea is that all new developments only have access to private schools. Or they can home school. Do our kids a favor and stop approval on new developments in West Knoxville/Farrgut…it’s absolutely ridiculous (just like my idea 😉) Just stop!

April 9, 2022 at 2:38 am

My idea relates to: Places

Knoxville College is a safety concern and an eye sore. What can be done to restore or secure the historic location. It is sad our students have to live next to these abandoned buildings being used for criminal activity, drug users, and homeless. Kids actually go into these empty buildings and the risk is high for them to get hurt. We kept keep ignoring the issues in Mechanicsville. There are frequent shootings and drug deals on Pickett.

April 9, 2022 at 12:00 am

My idea relates to: Places

Economic empowerment by offering blighted and vacant commercial owned by the city or not used by private owners to small businesses and organizations that empower the community to help cut the cost of Overhead. Yet allow grants for development of certain properties. Also prohibited property owners from hording spaces in the underserved communities and making it impossible for Black and Minority Business to sustain in and maintain.

April 8, 2022 at 9:42 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Intentionally Connect public schools to public lands – this could be through greenways for example

April 8, 2022 at 9:41 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Revitalize our waterfront – it is so underutilized. Chattanooga is a great mode. A pedestrian bridge, more waterfront businesses, redo the “park” etc.

April 8, 2022 at 9:05 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Farragut school zone needs new infrastructure. ALL of FARRAGUT schools need to have new school zones and new schools built!

April 8, 2022 at 9:03 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Widen Northshore, Westland, and other major thoroughfares that are not adequate for today’s vehicles sizes. As well, add bike lanes to road widening projects with sidewalks.

April 8, 2022 at 9:01 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Greenways need to be convenient to connect to and use for thoroughfare for homeowners and tax payers instead of the homeless

April 8, 2022 at 8:34 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Better accessibility on roads. Examples include bike lanes, wider margins between the lane and the end of the asphalt, sidewalks, etc. Much of the neighborhood roads seem to assume that everyone has the same access to a car. It’s also a safety risk for anyone that needs to bike or walk (or who is doing so for exercise), anyone who is in accident or pulled to the side for whatever reason, or for kids who may need to walk to & wait at bus stops, etc.

April 8, 2022 at 8:29 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Upgraded roads and stop lights. The update to Henley/Chapman Hwy is a good example – we need more of that around the city on major roads, like Kingston Pike, Cedar Bluff, etc. Stop lights could also be updated to better automation/sensing. I regularly sit at red lights incredibly early in the morning with no one around, or at night.

April 8, 2022 at 6:57 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Roads, roads, roads! 640 needs redone bad. Gibbs area roads are very congested. School zone is madness. Definitely need at least a traffic officer at the high-school section to help with left turns into and out of high-school. Nobody follows traffic rules making it even more dangerous and frustrating.
Rerouting school traffic to flow better into and out of school seriously needs to be initiated. Dangerous even in the school parking lots. I’ve had many almost wrecks due to heavy traffic congestion and people getting in a hurry. It should definitely not take 20 minutes to get in or out of the school during peak times.

April 8, 2022 at 6:41 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Do not place a section 8 apartment complex in West Knoxville before letting the tax paying residents of the area voice their opinions. By doing so, crime has increased. There is now a substantial gang presence in the area. I work in the schools and A L Lotts and West Valley do not have the staff or resources to deal with all of the behaviors/constant fights that have come with some of these children. Before planning and building section 8 housing, it needs to be determined if the zoned schools can support the many challenges that come with this population.

April 8, 2022 at 6:28 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Increase funding for extra curricular activities at schools to take the burden away from parents paying or soliciting donations.

April 8, 2022 at 6:26 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Roads need to be widened in western Knox County to prevent increased traffic congestion. Roads are not safe for bicycles. Add bike paths.

April 8, 2022 at 6:16 pm

My idea relates to: Places

All public playgrounds and parks, big and small need toilet facilities or Porta potties. I avoid many spaces because their are no bathrooms for my kids.

April 8, 2022 at 6:09 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

New housing and apartment developments should not be approved without appropriate adjustments and plans being in place for both transportation and schools. The infrastructure in certain county areas cannot handle the growth and will damage the knox county reputation if not corrected soon.

Consider things like bypass’s in high congestion areas such as turkey creek/Farragut.

April 8, 2022 at 6:03 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Grow the East Knox area, stop developing in west Knox-it’s way too crowded

April 8, 2022 at 6:03 pm

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A rec center. The community center is a great start, but could be so much more. A rec center could offer an affordable gym space and classes for all ages. Think workout machines, a gymnastics gym, a rock climbing area, a fun indoor pool, maybe even affordable camps for kids in the summer.

April 8, 2022 at 6:03 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

To update BlueGrass Elementary’s gym and
Every knox schools restrooms

April 8, 2022 at 6:02 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Keep apartments in the downtown area, keep Farragut a quiet bedroom
Community

April 8, 2022 at 6:00 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Open another elementary school on the far west side of farragut. There’s lots of space across from our subdivision, walnut grove.

April 7, 2022 at 9:59 pm

My idea relates to: Pedestrian walkways

Utilizing abandoned railroad lines to revamp for walking and bicycling.

April 7, 2022 at 7:43 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Make Chapman Highway walkable. I live off of Chapman Highway and would love to be able to bike/walk to the places I go frequently, but it is so difficult to manuever not on a car. Give us sidewalks. Give us crosswalks. Give us bike lanes. I do not want to be dependent on my car.

April 7, 2022 at 2:24 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

I think district 2 needs a new planned community with all the fixings. Stores, apartments, homes, dr offices, gas, grocery

April 7, 2022 at 12:43 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

More sidewalks, greenways, and bike lanes to connect ALL areas of Knoxville. I’d like to see Knoxville transition to a more walkable/bikeable, connected community.

April 7, 2022 at 12:39 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Sidewalks. I’m in South Haven in South Knox near downtown and we need sidewalks.

April 7, 2022 at 12:01 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

East Knox County around the Strawberry Plains exit and up Asheville Hwy there is so much new housing being development now that we need more commercial development like retail shopping (WalMart or Target)/grocery stores and possibly another school in the area (Carter Elem, Middle & High) is already over crowded.

April 7, 2022 at 9:04 am

My idea relates to: Something else

Knox County and the City of Knoxville both have some incredible parks facilities, but in both jurisdictions, the facilities available and quality of maintenance varies wildly. There seems to be no comprehensive and metrics-based plan to drive where funding is allocated and the growth and implementation of change. Everything is currently about whatever user group screams the loudest or whatever park can get private donations (e.g. Lakeshore and Ft. Dickerson). This leads to major inequities between communities and requires increased use of our transportation systems because many people have to go so much further to reach the ammenity they are seeking.

April 7, 2022 at 8:59 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Many of our greenways are constructed tight to busy roadways (the Pellissippi greenway, the Papermill greenway, etc.) While these are cost-effective places to build, we are not doing a good job of making these greenways inviting. The construction often doesn’t include any trees in the buffer between the road and path leaving the path exposed to the summer sun and feeling very exposed to traffic. Along the interstate like the Pellissippi greenway, noise from the adjacent interstate makes it difficult to listen to even headphones. A landscape buffer of thick bushes would greatly improve the appeal of the greenway and reduce the noise impact on the adjacent land as well.

April 7, 2022 at 8:55 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

We need more investment in flexible alternative transportation options. Right now there’s a decent core greenway network near the river, but that network isn’t interconnected enough with the residential areas. If you live in Sequoyah Hills or downtown you can safely bike to work. If you live in South Knoxville, West Knoxville past Bearden, or in East or North Knoxville you have to take a car to reach a greenway which is a huge impediment.

April 7, 2022 at 8:25 am

My idea relates to: Something else

More parks, more Greenways, more protected urban wilderness spaces

April 7, 2022 at 6:47 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

We need to do a better more realistic job at future growth. We need a long term vision for our county, that does not change when different person is elected. Our area is growing fast which is good especially since we have not grown like other areas. But we need plans to handle the growth with infrastructure, like congestion and road improvements. More lanes work, but we need a bypass to help keep passing thru traffic out of center of town

April 6, 2022 at 11:09 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I believe that the rural aspect of Corryton and Gibbs definitely needs to be preserved. It’s good of course to improve the infrastructure as needed, and even to have technological improvements, but I think that drawing more people to live and work in the area would urbanize it.
Furthermore, I believe that East Knoxville needs more employment and commercial development. I just feel that more effort and interest should be made in maintaining the well-being of that community and its residents. Maybe that manifests in the building of new play grounds, or recreational centers, or other things deemed necessary to correct the problems that the community is facing. And the residents of course should definitely be asked what changes they need or want to see.

April 6, 2022 at 9:38 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Better connected greenways and bike/ped facilities

April 6, 2022 at 4:30 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

This is a tough area and wonder if we could use more of the rail that exists for commuter travel.

April 6, 2022 at 4:30 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Continue connecting all the greenways to support a culture of walking, running and biking as recreation and transportation. Intentional plan for more park spaces like the Town of Farragut did in their master plan.

April 6, 2022 at 4:05 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Reduce road congestion

April 6, 2022 at 3:46 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I travel Chapman Highway on a daily basis. I would like to see the area (probably from downtown out to two miles) beautified if possible. I know some things may not be able to done due to private property ownership. Some areas of town look great with beautification projects – please keep Chapman Highway in mind for such projects.

April 6, 2022 at 2:54 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

I have lived in Knox County my whole life and it is growing at a huge rate. Many roads in Knox County cannot handle the increased traffic and the infrastructure needs improved, or the amount of new homes being built slowed. The Karns community is one example.

April 6, 2022 at 2:39 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Land use and development should preserve the identity of the community it is meant for. Tearing up multi-generational farms for hundreds of OSB tract homes is a crime against God and smart development. Prosperity is coming to the county, sure, but are the Knox County residents that have called this place home for generations beneficiaries? We’re being crowded out in the schools, on the roads, and in the rural areas we loved by monied retirees from intensely developed metro areas in the North and West. There is no elasticity in the housing market and middle/low income renters are being priced out of the county just by virtue of intense demand; their 40+ year old apartment building didn’t get granite countertops, they didn’t get a new induction stove, they weren’t given hardwood flooring. They were asked to, in many cases, pay 20% or more in additional rent for the same low-middle income they’d been living in because someone from out of state would gladly pay $1200 or more to stay in that same house or apartment that was renting for less than $800 two years ago.

What compounds this is that literally nobody is developing for low-moderate income renters. Every new development advertises luxury accoutrements and the upscale nature of the community. The heritage Knox County residents that are really hurting for a decent place to live and whose proclivities made this such an attractive county to migrate to aren’t the ones paying $1500 for a one-bedroom on the outskirts of Powell or Farragut.

April 6, 2022 at 11:48 am

My idea relates to: Places

Protect Hardin Valley from overdevelopment with no respect to dog parks, community park and playgrounds, basketball courts, skate park, horseback riding arena.

April 6, 2022 at 11:10 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

A city wide, bus routes for all ages. All passengers under 18 and teachers would be able to ride for free, and routes should be made so that children and adults could ride from a place of business to school together. Example, say that the parent works at or near a Covenant Health, Sam’s Club or Walmart, there would a bus where they could park at one of those businesses, ride the bus to the bus stop to the edge of school property (Say Bus 90 and Bearden Middle School), and then ride the bus back to work. This would decrease traffic around schools and potentially allow students to walk some small distances, depending on how far they are from a bus stop that works. It would lower the need for school busses, as city busses could make multiple loops in a morning, and the oversight of parents on transportation. This would need to be an optional way to get to school, not required. I would also advocate walking and bike paths to schools, and bike racks at schools and on the front of busses, to encourage our students to get the exercise they need every day.

April 6, 2022 at 11:06 am

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Taking family farms and turning them into 100s of houses stacked onto each other is a terrible idea and there needs to be some preservation of farms. Carter is getting 500 Habitat for Humanity House’s right now. Plus they are building a new subdivision with over 100 houses at Strawberry Plains Pk. We already have a traffic nightmare on Asheville Hwy. This is only going to make it worse! Our schools can not handle this kind of traffic or amount if kids. Go sit in the middle and high school at 3:30 everyday and look at how jammed up the traffic is. The same can be said for the elementary school. The Habitat homes are all within the parent responsibility zone which means all those kids will have to be picked up. I’m not sure why these permits were approved without considering our roads and schools. These issues need to be fixed before bringing in 1000s of new residents.

April 6, 2022 at 10:59 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Please build a bridge on concord avenue (right before the railroad tracks) where there is a pedestrian crossing currently for bikes and pedestrians to cross. The traffic coming down concord is so fast and rarely respects that right of way on the green belt, a bridge would make this crossing much, much safer.

April 6, 2022 at 10:31 am

My idea relates to: Something else

We have a large number of students in the district. Our schools are overflowing, and our teachers are stressed out. Our roads are congested at pickup/and drop off, because the buildings are overflowing. I would suggest, instead of building portables, which are only making all these problems worse, that we start investing in smaller schools in commercial buildings, such as strip malls or office buildings, that have a maximum of 200 students. These smaller schools would utilize the virtual school curriculum, but with a guide/teacher available in person to help them along at the students’ pace. Students could be provided lunch by a mobile food truck or bring their own. I realize that there are other considerations to be taken account in this idea, but I also think that there are plenty of children who would thrive in a smaller environment with fewer distractions and lines, and a little ingenuity would solve a lot of those considerations.

April 6, 2022 at 10:22 am

My idea relates to: Developments

We need to enforce our current zoning laws. Too many exceptions are being granted to developers that are then causing infrastructure issues. Infrastructure to handle all the additional homes being built is not in place. This needs to stop.

April 6, 2022 at 10:00 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Continue to make our city more walkable and bikable. More bike lanes, specifically to access North and West Knoxville. With regards to public transportation, I would love to see smaller buses with more direct routes. I live a ten minute drive from work but because of having to change buses downtown, it takes me 90 minutes to ride public transport to work. I can get there in 20 minutes on my bike but that isn’t an option in inclimate weather.

April 6, 2022 at 9:55 am

My idea relates to: Places

East Knoxville along Magnolia and MLK are historically beautiful areas that have suffered from urban blight. These areas need to be developed to showcase the pride that we have in the historical cultural beauty of the area. I would like to see l grants offered to businesses along those two main corridors to make improvements to their facilities. We also need to continue to create affordable housing in this area.

April 6, 2022 at 9:31 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Greenways to be connected throughout the city for runners, bikers, walkers.

April 6, 2022 at 9:12 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

The county should come up with a maintenance system that allows for the public to request repairs. They should also seek out and listen to community feedback. The one time I tried to ask about a road improvement I was bounced between county staff, TDOT, and planning. Basically, it was a pass the buck until this person goes away mentality. The people who live and work in the area can give you a great idea of what needs to be improved or what is working.

April 6, 2022 at 9:11 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

The county should require the roads and other infrastructure be updated before allowing for major new subdivisions. There is not enough control over these types of developments. The county should also honor the existing zoning laws more. What is the point of purchasing a property with a specific zoning only to have someone buy the land next to you and have the zoning changed.

April 6, 2022 at 9:10 am

My idea relates to: Places

Protect the south Knox county area from being taken over by developers and keep it rural.

April 6, 2022 at 9:02 am

My idea relates to: Places

Knoxville needs more mixed-income, diverse neighborhoods from the center city to the outlying areas.

April 6, 2022 at 9:02 am

My idea relates to: Schools

I am an elementary school teacher. I notice that many schools, even new schools, are having overcrowding issues due to all the new people moving to the area. I think schools need attention and expansions.

April 6, 2022 at 8:12 am

My idea relates to: Places

Connected safe greenways for bikes, walkers, runners all around the city.

April 5, 2022 at 8:06 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Ability to get to public spaces and parks and services by walking or bicycling during the week day working hours versus only in evenings or weekends or summer due to lack of sidewalks or greenway connections (available only during non-school hours).

April 5, 2022 at 8:01 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Emphasize the local history and natural resources of local areas. Love seeing the beaver dams and seeing real or depictions of the early development and up to now history of the area.

April 5, 2022 at 7:56 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Safe movement around where I live and safe movement to the city for all type of modal users.

April 5, 2022 at 7:48 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Love the parks in the county! Keep adding park spaces. They all get used! Can we please keep the restrooms open year round? The ones at Ball Camp park are closed in the winter and that park is used every day, especially by families and people who walk laps.

April 5, 2022 at 7:46 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

We’ll, obviously, traffic has increased with influx of new people to the county. We’re just about 5 years behind in catching the roads up. It would be helpful to have more greenways in extreme West Knox…especially the Karns area. There is no way to get a anywhere unless you take a car. Is the Schad Road extension going to have sidewalks or something?

April 5, 2022 at 7:44 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Please preserve the ridge tops. I continually see the trees being bulldozed on ridge tops and it’s a bad idea for the watershed, our temperatures, and the aesthetics. We are blessed with an abundance of beautiful forest here in Knox County, we need to preserve it, while still allowing development. The most recent example that bothers me is on black oak ridge between Ball Camp Pike and Middlebrook Pike off of Andes Road, the entire ridge top was bulldozed. Could the developer not have preserved at least a strip of trees at the top???

April 5, 2022 at 7:16 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Need more parks in neighborhoods. Connecting greenways so foot and bike traffic is easier. Sound barriers between houses and busts roads.

April 5, 2022 at 5:52 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

These massive new communities take away green space, cause congestion on roads that weren’t built for them. Developers should not come first.

April 5, 2022 at 5:46 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Keep public transportation to a minimum so that people can retain ownership of their means of transportation and control over where they go and when they go.

April 5, 2022 at 5:45 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Limit development and growth so that the city does not become more over crowded, less affordable and more riddled with crime.

April 5, 2022 at 4:48 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Use of roundabouts in the Karns area. The area is rapidly growing and the roads need to be addressed and the use of stop signs is an outdated approach and causing more accidents at busy intersections.

April 5, 2022 at 4:47 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Greenway in the Karns community. It is rapidly growing and there is not many greenways close by compared with other communities.

April 5, 2022 at 4:46 pm

My idea relates to: Places

We need to clean up Neyland. that waterfront could be a major attraction for our city, as it is for many others.

April 5, 2022 at 4:39 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Create a new library for the Lonsdale and Mechanicsville community. Murphy branch is not cutting it. This community needs more resources and this library is hampered in growth by its location, hours, collection and staff.

April 5, 2022 at 4:23 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Knoxville College needs help. I understand the City tried hard to redevelop it with the safety center. I don’t know what the Board of Trustees wants, but the buildings are blighted.

April 5, 2022 at 4:22 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Some form of metro system that would run all around the county. It would make access to downtown as well.

April 5, 2022 at 4:17 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I would love to see more land use for parks in my neighborhood, Inskip, making it accessible to walk to the park

April 5, 2022 at 4:16 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

I would love more sidewalks in Inskip, especially on Central Avenue Pike

April 5, 2022 at 4:12 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

A train system, from other parts of the country. Like Europe develop a rail system to surrounding cities like eg; Maryville, Morristown, Crossville to allow for easier access to the downtown for pleasure and work. I would love to park in Maryville and ride the train downtown for the evening or day shopping. We had that capability in the 1940’s, my Mother told me stories of riding the train from Loudon to downtown Knoxville to shop on Gay Street. Let’s do that again!

April 5, 2022 at 4:11 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

A bike/ped connection between where the sidewalk ends on Papermill west of Pond Gap Elementary and the beginning of the Papermill Bluff greenway. Then a connection from the Papermill Bluff greenway to the REI/Whole Foods shopping center.

April 5, 2022 at 4:11 pm

My idea relates to: Places

stricter zoning to reduce ridgetop removal and development. Maintaining green zones, aka farmland, to preserve the natural beauty and prevent overcrowding.

April 5, 2022 at 4:03 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Carefully consider building on every open field with vinyl houses. Think about reasonably priced, well constructed, long-term neighborhoods. Consider the impact of traffic, and plan for future technology. So tired of seeing one person in every vehicle on the road.

April 5, 2022 at 3:11 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

So congested all the time

April 5, 2022 at 3:10 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Enjoy the expansion of Knox County Greenways and bike lanes. New affordable housing is a must! Homeless population needs to be addressed, but that is extremely multifaceted and complicated. Protect our parks/green spaces/south Knox.

April 5, 2022 at 2:39 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

I would love to see better public transportation. The current bus routes are cumbersome and not very efficient time wise. A light rail similar to that in Seattle would help tremendously.

April 5, 2022 at 2:38 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

I would like to see a central outdoor gathering place for people of all ages with various activities. Having 3 teenage children, this can be a challenge to find a spot where all personalities can be happy. Something that has outdoor activities like a skatepark alongside shopping, artistic endeavors like rotating exhibits, and/or an outdoor setup for concerts and such.

April 5, 2022 at 2:32 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

The disability community struggles with access to transportation. There are services and they work, but there isn’t enough to make going from place to place easy enough to be an every day activity. I recognize the expense of public transportation, but I would love to find some affordable and accessible ways to help people who can’t drive and have a disability to the services they need and want. I don’t have solutions, but I would love to be a part of brainstorming and supporting good ideas.

April 5, 2022 at 12:14 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Chilhowee Park — the idea is to turn all of the pond and asphalt into a nice lawn with trees sidewalks. like the worlds fair park performance lawn. essentially more of a park with grass and trees rather than asphalt and water. i believe you could draw more want to folks that want to walk and hang out at a park on a daily basis, as welle as concerts, events . I live a few blocks away and see the potential daily. i realize there are a lot of community events here, but i still feel like the space is underutilized in terms of drawing day to day visitors and events that draw folks attention to all beauty of east knox that wouldn’t normally drive out this way. I think there is a missed opportunity with this property by having most of the land be a pond or a parking lot which can’t really be used by the public.

April 5, 2022 at 11:30 am

My idea relates to: Something else

Instead of building business parks with our economic development money, we should focus on growing new and existing businesses by providing resources to help them grow. Let’s use the money as an angel fund and create a team of advisers to mentor new entrepreneurs and existing businesses to help them grow. Potential investments would be made based on formal business plans submitted by applicants and the whole process would need to be vetted by experts and transparent to the public. It is a failed strategy to try to lure a business away from where they have been located in the past – as soon as the money is gone, they will move on. We should focus on growing what we have here. There is plenty of intellectual property coming out of the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory that could be the genesis of new business opportunities, but there is little meaningful angel or venture capital available for this.

April 5, 2022 at 11:26 am

My idea relates to: Places

Identify locations for concentrated “villages” instead of allowing strip developments that are car-centric. This would create specific locations that would make transit feasible, concentrate more workforce housing, provide more pleasant village-like environments, and allow for pedestrian access. The opposite of this would be how Hardin Valley has developed – in a way that is impossible to access any way but driving; in a way that has already required the expensive re-design of the interchange at Pellissippi Parkway; in a way that only exacerbates congestion and increases travel time; and removes all natural areas and wildlife corridors.

April 5, 2022 at 11:19 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

We should invest in more sidewalks and bike lanes in the county. If you go to many other places in the country, they have invested in sidewalks, bike trails and greenways as alternative forms of transportation, but also for health and safety reasons. There are very few places in the county where people can walk or bike safely. We have done a better job of greenways in the county but we also need ways for kids to safely get to school in the parental responsibility zones (2 mile radius) without creating enormous traffic jams around the schools because of parents having to drive their children.

April 5, 2022 at 11:14 am

My idea relates to: Places

Turn the failed Midway Industrial Park into an AG event park and have horse shows and races there. Pursue grant money from the USDA because much of the land is prime soil for farming, and let them pay us to keep most of the land undeveloped. We could recoup most of the taxpayer money that was sunk into Midway by taking advantage of the USDA money and Knox County would still own the property. There are too many sinkholes and steep areas for industrial development anyway. There are many horse farms around the area surrounding Midway to accommodate horses and there are a lot of hotels and restaurants already at the nearby Straw Plains exit to accommodate visitors. Horse people travel, the location is right at the foothills of the Smokies, and this would be a great tourism opportunity for Knox County to take advantage of.

April 5, 2022 at 11:06 am

My idea relates to: Places

Put land use policies and ordinances in place that are reasonable, thoughtful and enforceable. We can grow in a planned way that will make the best use of our existing infrastructure and prevent sprawl. We need to protect the things that give Knoxville a sense of place, the unique structures and attributes that make Knoxville look and feel like no other city. If everything is built out with chain stores and restaurants, we look no different than anywhere else in America. We are unique and we need to embrace that as much as possible. We need to develop more mixed-use areas in places that make sense to do so. Places where people can walk or bike without taking their life in their hands. We need to revise our zoning codes to allow more flexibility in developing unique spaces, but also need to do a better job of enforcing zoning regulations and strengthen the ordinances, and tie them to the overall general and growth plans to prevent inappropriate development in areas that don’t fit the plan. There needs to be a level playing field regarding zoning and development and everyone should be treated the same. It should not be allowed for someone to easily request a zoning change that differs from the sector plan, the general plan or the growth plan without significant agreement by the communities affected. We need to revisit all these plans and tie their provisions to ordinances. The growth plan hasn’t been updated in many years because the administration is afraid it will be too controversial. However, without a plan for growth, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past and develop in an expensive, uncoordinated way that will cost us in many ways in the future. We can’t let developers do whatever is best for their bottom lines. We have to have regulations that will ensure unplanned developments don’t spring up that cost taxpayers more and more money to provide infrastructure after the fact.

April 5, 2022 at 10:57 am

My idea relates to: Places

Please protect the Special Town Zones. They are very important to the redevelopment of communities. Stop the ongoing efforts to rezone them to accommodate uses that would cast a dark shadow on the growth potential of these special places. The Carter Community has had two approved uses on review for recovery houses in the last year from the MPC. Despite the communities pleas not to allow them.They are called SPECIAL for a reason. They need to be protected and the MPC needs to listen to the communities views about the Town Zone

April 5, 2022 at 9:27 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Roundabout at Kingston Pike and Northshore Drive

April 5, 2022 at 7:46 am

My idea relates to: Something else

A mixed use area that is stoppable, walkable, eventful, and gives the feel of a place to go on a Friday night. A downtown hub that is in West Knoxville to remove the need of driving to downtown. Turkey Creek is not walkable.

April 5, 2022 at 6:50 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

microtransit– The bus system works for so few people because we are too spread out, there are so few sidewalks to get safely to a bus stop, because the jobs are not on bus lines.

April 5, 2022 at 6:21 am

My idea relates to: Places

Create a greenway in Northeast Knox County and a public park area (could grow the park in Corryton to be larger ) or create a larger park in the northeast area with walking trails in it and playground, basketball courts, play area for toddler and young children, a pavillion, restrooms..

April 4, 2022 at 9:26 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

There needs to be sidewalk in areas that have businesses and housing. I live very close to a Walgreens that I cannot walk to because there are too many cars and no sidewalk. Also, hard for me to get to work at Hardin Valley Pellissippi. I can’t drive and the only shuttle available is not reliable. People complain about traffic in Hardin Valley. Maybe there should be a bus line so people can get around the community without having to drive.

April 4, 2022 at 8:45 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Provide restroom facilities, or at least a portable potty, at Marine Park (or nearby) for those who use the Knox/Blount greenway. AND extend this short greenway as far as possible, as soon as possible.

April 4, 2022 at 7:49 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Place astroturf in the grassy area where the christmas tree is placed. The grass is mostly used to walk dogs and it muddy many days. There are many city areas that have utilized this and placed adirondak chairs, giant chess boards, children’s games and overhangs for shade. They are very well utilized.
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April 4, 2022 at 7:43 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Open the streets on nights and weekends to pedestrian traffic. This has been very successfully implemented in the large cities during covid and should be easy for knoxville since most of the parking lots are on the outskirts of the city center. The restaurants could open onto the sidewalks and pedestrians would have a more pleasant experience.

April 4, 2022 at 7:39 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Catch the trash in the feeder rivers upstream of the outlet to the Tennessee River. The trash gathers on the riverfront and is an embarrassment to the city. There are advanced means to mechanically collect debris along so that it does not pile up. This implementation may be a good project for UT students.

April 4, 2022 at 7:36 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Renovate the city parks. 1. Worlds fair park could use an overhaul to encourage people to linger down by the water. 2. Morningside park is a hidden gem that needs new sidewalks and exercise course, and urgently needs an upgraded playground. 3. The park under the James White bridge could be renovated to be a great area to gather along with fishing and boating.

April 4, 2022 at 7:32 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

The proposed bridge from UT to South Knoxville only benefits the developers of apartments in South Knoxville. Instead, perhaps a walking bridge to connect downtown to south knoxville businesses and housing that will benefit all. A floating bridge that swings open to allow boats through has become a tourist attraction in Curacao and is much less expensive to build. At the same time, the waterfront needs to be made more accessible on the city side. Perhaps stairs/escalator or an additional tower with an elevator. The waterfront walkway has been patched poorly and looks bad. So a facelift is needed.

April 4, 2022 at 7:15 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I would love to see you and arts District like the river arts District in Asheville

April 4, 2022 at 6:09 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Bearden Village is a great area to emulate in other places in the county with denser development. There is shopping, great neighborhoods, restaurants, greenways etc. We need to preserve areas designated as rural and STOP giving developers Carte Blanche to push sprawl and build on areas outside of the growth plan. Please encourage redevelopment. We have way too much blight for a small city. Chapman Highway is a disgrace with dilapidated buildings.

April 4, 2022 at 5:35 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Places that need to be protected, maintained, conserved, or preserved.: the Governor John Sevier corridor. There should be am immediate halt to further development to stop destruction of the scenic, rural environment.

April 4, 2022 at 4:25 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

I75 bypass around Knoxville

April 4, 2022 at 4:05 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Greenways and sidewalks make neighborhoods walkable and enhance both pleasure and health. It’s hard to find a neighborhood in South Knoxville that has sidewalks.

April 4, 2022 at 4:03 pm

My idea relates to: Places

I want affordable but charming housing. It’s so necessary in order to keep it’s value over time that we don’t cookie cutter all the new homes and allow spaces between them.

April 4, 2022 at 4:02 pm

My idea relates to: Places

It would be ideal to have some kind of shuttle access to the parks. The open spaces in south knoxville could use serious landscaping and clean up.

April 4, 2022 at 4:01 pm

My idea relates to: Places

The entrance to Knoxville from the South (Alcoa Highway) could really use WOW factor. This is the way many arrive from Great Smoky Mountain National Park and a mural on the new overpasses might be stunning! In addition, we could use improved landscaping and access to retail gas/restaurants along with smaller hotel on this side of town.

April 4, 2022 at 3:11 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Why is bus service an afterthought? It doesn’t go far enough into the county for most of us to reach workplaces in industrial parks, etc. It won’t be fully sustainable until it does.

April 4, 2022 at 2:51 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Knox County needs better public transportation options. KAT needs to go into the county and we need to allow higher density development along transit corridors.

April 4, 2022 at 12:17 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Neighborhoods with mixed housing and commercial development along with safe streets for walking and biking will bring economic success. People want to drive less and enjoy activities, businesses, restaurants in their neighborhoods.

April 4, 2022 at 12:13 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Parks need to be accessible by walking or bike within 1-5 miles of the parks location so users can walk or bike there. Park activities should be for all ages to keep adults as well as youth active.

April 4, 2022 at 12:08 pm

My idea relates to: Places

We need to create community hubs with mixed use development and a variety of housing to increase business and commercial activity within neighborhoods, decreasing long commutes and other multi-mile travel destinations.

April 4, 2022 at 12:04 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

We must make our transportation system inclusive of all modes of travel and make road safety for everyone the highest priority especially for the the vulnerable road user. Our children need to have safe ways to get to school, friends’ homes, playgrounds by walking and biking. Continually adding more roads and widening existing roads cannot be the only answer to traffic congestion. A safe system approach must be used- https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/zerodeaths/docs/FHWA_SafeSystem_Brochure_V9_508_200717.pdf

April 4, 2022 at 11:27 am

My idea relates to: Something else

Don’t increase development without services, including roads, school, sewer, water, etc. NO MORE DEVELOPMENT THAT LEAVES ALL THE ROADS, AND SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC TAXPAYERS.

April 4, 2022 at 11:02 am

My idea relates to: Something else

Underground utilities should be considered in the future since climate change is increasing storms and the severity of the weather. This might reduce the number of days we are without power in the future and could be cost-effective by eliminating or reducing repairs. Ecomomic development and development in general needs to be beneficial to the county and not a burden because of poor planning and costly improvements being required to support the development in the future such as increased traffic, stormwater runoff and flooding to neighboring and downstream properties.

April 4, 2022 at 10:57 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

More opportunities for mass transit should be considered. The greenway system should be expanded and make sure to include opportunities for bikes. Connecting existing and planned greenways could ease some of the congestion on road and make waking and biking safer. Sideways should be required for all new development to provide for walking communities and improve neighborhood connectivity. Roads should be designed with people in mind to reduce speed and improve safety for pedestrians. Speeding is a problem across the county and design of new roads should have as a primary objective to reduce speeds and make transportation safe. I avoid some parts of the county because of traffic congestion.

April 4, 2022 at 10:48 am

My idea relates to: Places

More parks should be planned and developed especially to provide opportunities for the public to enjoy nature. A recent study done by Trees Knoxville could be used to focus on areas with good forest cover. The study compared several data sets including population, schools, and land uses, as well as other information that could help guide and set goals for the future of the county and its citizens. Existing parks were also included and improvements could be based on improving forest cover in these parks. Schools need to have trees planted especially around playgrounds to provide shade. When visiting playgrounds is it apparent that existing trees are the center of activity where students and teachers can sit or stand in the shade. It has been shown by studies that schools with trees have better academic results when compared to schools without trees. Also when school grounds have tree cover they can be used by the local neighbors as a park during none school hours. More access to water resources like lakes, rivers, and streams for recreation would benefit Knox County and Knoxville. Improved ordinances to control development and protect natural resources would be beneficial for all to include the minimum requirement for landscaping new development and business should be implemented.

April 4, 2022 at 9:32 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

I would love to see more cross-county bicycle facilities and bus routes. I live near downtown and work near Cedar Bluff and would love to not rely on my car to get between the two, but taking the bus would take me nearly two hours one-way. I do ride my bike from time to time, but I feel like I’m taking my life into my hands, particularly when I ride around the Cedar Bluff area. It’s so hostile to anyone not in a car. Perhaps there’s some opportunity along Middlebrook for alternative transportation facilities?

April 4, 2022 at 8:13 am

My idea relates to: Places

Developers are now too easily allowed to build sprawling housing and commercial developments that put pressure on outdated infrastructure. Planning should be such that the infrastructure – schools and roads particularly – come first, then the development. Raise property taxes to fund the infrastructure. Knox County is becoming unsafe and crowded with the system now in place. Put Planning Commissioners on the board that represent interests other than developers.

April 4, 2022 at 8:07 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Route interstate 75 and I-640 traffic outside of Knox County to the 75/40 split in deep west Knox County. Create a system that uses small electric vehicles that provide more local city and county routes and replace the huge empty busses currently on the road.

April 4, 2022 at 7:56 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Hardin valley road should be expanded to minimize congestion as more subdivisions are being built

April 4, 2022 at 7:04 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Convert ie. change Cumberland Ave. traffic pattern back to what it was! The person or persons responsible for current situation should have to drive that street at least 2 times daily.

April 4, 2022 at 6:55 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Removing off-street parking minimums in Knox county will allow for the market to decide how many spaces to provide for a given development. There is so much underutilized space in our county that could be further developed into productive assets for our county while still preserving green spaces. The amount of parking should still be considered in planning decisions, but it should no longer be dictated the minimum amount necessary to approve a project for development. The economics and studies all support that parking minimums hinder the walkability and economic prosperity of areas where they are in effect. If we are looking to build a fiscally responsible, prosperous, and growing Knox county, consideration of ending parking minimums throughout the county would be a monumental step towards a more resilient economy for our region.

April 3, 2022 at 2:58 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

When I 1st moved to Knoxville from Cincinnati over 20 years ago right out of high school. I caught the bus to the mall and missed the bus on the way back. The next bus didn’t come until an hour later. I said I would never catch the bus again because it takes so long for another bus to arrive. Knoxville is already a city where walking to the nearest store or park is not feasible, due to lack of sidewalks and roads that are not safe to walk on; therefore public transportation should be more readily and frequently available. I think more bus stops and coverage area needs to be implemented. Aslo, all across the state investers are buying up land and creating one way in, one way out crowded subdivisions to make as much money as possible. Some people still cherish and value having land. If creating a subdivision is necessary, create one that is not one way in, one way out and not so crowded. Let the lots in those subdivisons be spacious to create that country, southern feel while actually being close to or in the city.

April 3, 2022 at 2:58 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Strict density and development control needs to be implemented/maintained in rural residential areas. Slope and ridge top protections need to be codified, like the city of Knoxville has done.

The County SECTOR Plans should be retained, also. Sector PLANS provide the context for Zoning Decisions and serve as a BRIDGE between the policies of the General Plan and ZONING.

The Zoning Process should in NO WAY, be streamlined as this would alienate the public. Numerous steps need to be involved so those that have a real vested interest: we drive the roads, we live in the area, we sit in the congested traffic, we endure flooding roads – can participate. Reducing time and steps involved in the Zoning process will NOT benefit the citizenry of this County.

April 3, 2022 at 2:57 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

I hope there will be a solid review of past planning efforts and future plans for Knox County will include ideas, input and general community agreements resulting from Nine Counties One Vision, PlanET and East Tennessee Quality Growth.

April 3, 2022 at 2:57 pm

My idea relates to: Places

With the growth in Hardin Valley, there needs to be more focus on zoning land for use other than residential. Specifically there is a dire need for an additional educational system. The Hardin Valley system is already grossly overcrowded, and there are still many planned residential communities to be built within the district. There is a need for a K-12 system near the Watt Road area to address the growth. There also needs to be more commercial zoning within the area for business development to support the community.

April 3, 2022 at 2:56 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Many cities, including Chattanooga, Memphis and Birmingham are using a microtransit on-demand service to solve some of the transportation problems we have here in Knoxville. Our problems include;
First last mile walks to a bus
Pedestrians hit by cars walking to bus
Long wait and commute times especially if transfers are necessary
Buses can’t get people to 2nd and 3rd shift
jobs
Many jobs are outside the KAT routes
Please consider an on-demand microtransit system for Knox county!

April 3, 2022 at 2:56 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

I don’t understand why the rights of way and access the County already has to utilities like the property around power transmission lines isn’t used for hiking, dog walking, bicycling, etc. Power lines already cross the county for dozens if not hundreds of miles and would provide wooded, pastoral, and city outdoor exercise opportunities. Contractors already have and need periodic access so its there just waiting to be used and already developed in many areas. It could be implemented tomorrow.

April 3, 2022 at 2:55 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

When we build new subdivisions, the roads they are on should follow the Major Road Plan. That’s not happening right now. We are building hundreds of houses on roads that aren’t big enough to handle the traffic they currently have.

April 3, 2022 at 2:54 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Facilitating pedestrian, bicycle, and other non-motorized traffic within school zones is paramount. Knox County must provide a safe path for every student to commute from/to their zoned schools, no matter the vehicle traffic load at any particular time of day. This type of initiative would both increase property values and provide incentives for high paying employers to relocate to Knox County.

April 3, 2022 at 12:52 pm

My idea relates to: Places

… to set a plan to require a required and adequate land for big trees and other native plants and small wildlife to thrive between and around subdivisions. Breaks in paving and roofs are necessary to prevent excess warming of the land in populated areas.

April 3, 2022 at 11:36 am

My idea relates to: Places

Hardin Valley is in need of a park for children to play!! The closest parks are 15/20 minutes away. We need to give kids a place to socialize and be active in a safe environment!

April 3, 2022 at 9:23 am

My idea relates to: Zoning

Please stop allowing MPC to develop areas without proper roads to accommodate growth. East Knox should be more developed with new growth and stop approving growth a single lane roads. Expand public transportation and widen roads with shoulders/guardrails.

April 3, 2022 at 9:13 am

My idea relates to: Something else

There are not enough walkable sidewalks in Knoxville, especially North Knoxville. Cedar Lane, Merchants and Broadway should have safe clean walkable sidewalks. People can not safely walk to public bus stops or grocery stores, or possibly walk home. The gas prices have risen like crazy but everybody is forced to get in their cars to shop at the supermarkets, walk home, etc Maybe if folks walked a bit more it might improve their overall health also and they would save on expensive gas and less traffic congestion.
Also safe bike lanes on Broadway, Cedar and Merchants again would reduce car traffic and improve health of Knoxville and save folks on expensive gas money.

April 3, 2022 at 6:10 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Public transport within Halls? Pickups on Maynardville Highway, Dr offices, and grocery stores or mini-mall/plazas. Maybe just a 15 passenger van at first to probe client interest.

April 2, 2022 at 11:00 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Hardin Valley needs a public park space with ball fields, playground, dog park, maybe even splash pad and skate park. There is one in Clarksville and it is great for families!
Would like to see less destruction of ridgetops and woodland. We have a subdivision called Everett Woods and there are no woods. Surely housing can be provided without destroying the entire ecosystem!
We need more law enforcement for traffic in a
HarDin Valley, the traffic is out of control. Constant hearing of wrecks where the one who caused it is leaving the scene. Rarely see anyone patrolling our area.
How about having e ery household pay for fire and EMS instead of it being voluntary support.
Widening the roads would be very helpful as would a 4 way stop at Campbell Station and Yarnell.
Make subdivisions have shared roads for entrances or access from one to another to cut congestion on main thoroughfares.

April 2, 2022 at 9:50 pm

My idea relates to: Utilities – underground

Electrical should be ran underground. Our high winds, especially in valleys where wind is funnelled, cause frequent tree falling that takes out power for hours. This week, we were without power for more than 17 hours, and we had lines down all over. At least once a month, we lose power for a short time. Underground electrical would also be aesthetically more appealing for our beautiful county full of forestry and mountains.

April 2, 2022 at 9:35 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Let’s actually plan growth and build infrastructure ahead of that growth instead of approving thousands of houses in areas with very minimal infrastructure to support the growth that’s been approved. Growth is great, I’m all for it but let’s try it responsibly for a change.

April 2, 2022 at 9:00 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Sidewalk along Hickory Creek rd connecting to the existing sidewalk at Food City on Hardin Valley

April 2, 2022 at 8:28 pm

My idea relates to: Something else

Parks, parks, parks. We need more green areas for our communities. Especially in Hardin Valley!

April 2, 2022 at 8:26 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

To have more frequent and far-ranging bus routes, enabling people to leave their cars parked more. More covered bus stops so bad weather doesn’t lead riders to avoid using the bus. I saw a story about an uber-style ride share program run by KAT, that would be great. Closing streets like Gay Street for pedestrian traffic occasionally would make for lovely opportunities for neighbors and visitors to mingle safely and with less car noise.

April 2, 2022 at 8:16 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Hardin Valley Rd NEEDS to be widened! There needs to be a new “way” for pick up and drop off at the elementary school included in this planning. Cars darting across traffic at the light is so unsafe. There needs to be a cross walk across from the middle school entrance and a sidewalk so that middle schoolers walking can cross the road safely. Again they have to dart in to traffic and that’s not safe. All new construction builders need to be required to have official trash pick up from all their materials that blow all over when it’s windy. As well as they should be helping fill potholes and fixing roads near Hickory Creek Rd and Hardin Valley that all their dump/cement/semis are ruining.

April 2, 2022 at 11:27 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

It would be nice to see more sidewalks. There are many instances in South Knoxville as well as other areas that do not offer safe passage for pedestrians. Sevierville Pike and Moody is an excellent example. Secondly, our bus stops are not suitable for our citizens. We are next door neighbors to one of the greatest labs on earth. Oak Ridge has a state of the art/experimental 3D printing program. My idea would be to start a pilot program between the labs and the University of TN Engineering program that works to print inexpensive bus station shelters via 3D printing. It’s just not right for our citizens to wait for a bus in the blazing sun, the wet rain, or step off the bus into a mud hole.

April 1, 2022 at 11:33 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

to have more public transportation options all over Knox County

April 1, 2022 at 11:32 am

My idea relates to: Something else

rezone the schools so we are equally represented fairly as opposed to now where we have some overcrowding and under utilized schools

April 1, 2022 at 10:43 am

My idea relates to: Transportation

Make more sidewalks and bike lanes!!!

April 1, 2022 at 9:55 am

My idea relates to: Places

Continue to connect Parks to Neighborhoods to Commercial centers via a system of natural surface trails, bike lanes, sidewalks and greenways.

March 31, 2022 at 2:55 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Have group, local community meeting s where these kinds of discussions can be held

March 30, 2022 at 8:49 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

Would love us to look to Bentonville AR to get a sense of how they’ve built in biking all around… not just in dedicated mountain biking parks, but along sidewalks, city streets, etc.

March 30, 2022 at 7:54 pm

My idea relates to: Transportation

-Park n’ ride lots like they have in New England where you can meet up to share a ride. In our urban setting, you could even have public transportation pick up at those lots.
-Keep as much green space as possible!!! Pls! Build up.
-Require empty spaces to be used before building new. The reí shopping area did great to use space that had flopped for years. Wish they could have kept the old buildings, but so glad they didn’t take away green space to build more box stores.
-Continue making bike lanes, pls!
– we desperately need transportation to and from the airport. When our taxi didn’t pick us up after a midnight arrival, there were no taxis and no Uber available. A business traveler was expecting to find taxis and learned he was stranded, too. At least with shuttles to downtown, we could have gotten an Uber to get home. The visitor could have gotten a hotel downtown.
Thanks!!

March 29, 2022 at 12:55 pm

My idea relates to: Planning Commission

Stop negotiating with the builders who are requesting.exceptions to the plans. Consider impact fees for builders before a property tax increase for residents.
Active builders should not be appointed as a planning commissioner.
It is a conflict of interest and leads to bribery.

March 29, 2022 at 12:49 pm

My idea relates to: Places

The Northwest County sector plan has great ideas that allow for development and preservation of areas. Abusing the sector plan is deceptive to current residents and an insult to those that labored to collaborate and create it to make our area a better place to live.

March 29, 2022 at 12:47 pm

My idea relates to: Places

refreshing parks. My understanding is that there is a plan in place to update parks on a fair rotating basis that is not being followed. Communities are being neglected and being allowed to fall dangerous play conditions while others are being refreshed that are in much better shape.

March 29, 2022 at 12:46 pm

My idea relates to: Places

Hardin valley .. maintain our agricultural footprint, requiring builders to bring a more thoughtful approach to residential builds…create consistent with the community’s character and aesthetic.

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May 10, 2022 at 9:27 pm

I treasure

What I love most is Knox County’s remaining opportunity and potential to conserve, preserve and enhance our natural environment, conserve and preserve our historical resources for posterity and the wish that future Knox Countians will appreciate and respect the compounding value of these assets over time: irreplaceable, un-affordable if you wished so.
Our most valuable Asset:
Our rural, agrarian culture, land; especially, our Holston and French Broad corridors and waterways
Farmland and wildlife habitat do coexist (we can do much better) and with the appropriate management and protection policies will help protect our air and water quality while providing ascetically pleasing, environmentally sustainable enhancement to our counties overall quality of life and food security

May 10, 2022 at 7:05 pm

I treasure

The combination of homes AND NATURE. However, there is beginning to be an imbalance, as farm and nature woods are being torn up to fill with housing.
Our area is getting over crowded. We NEED to preserve nature. Please do not change zoning on the 58 acres up for voting.
My family is neighbor to this land, and we don’t want this crowing on every side.
We need green, park area, trails… We want to keep our nature and wild animals near us. Please vote against the rezoning on this land!

May 10, 2022 at 7:02 pm

I treasure

Nestled between the verdant Appalachian and Cumberland mountains, our lovely green valley home is water-rich and beautiful. Its natural resources are the backbone of its appeal and generously support our most basic needs, something we can no longer take for granted. Clean water and wild forests and fields support healthy recreation and attract visitors that support our economy.

May 10, 2022 at 6:20 pm

I treasure

The old farms and agriculture connect us to our past, and they support economic activity like the Market Square Farmers Market and Cruze Dairy Farm. This land should be preserved, because once it is converted from agricultural or open space to another use, it never reverts back to ag.
The rivers, hillsides and ridgetops give us scenic vistas and a sense of place.
The Urban Wilderness and Parks provide valuable areas for outdoor recreation, and the Urban Wilderness is an economic driver just by itself.
The increased diversity of residents is a blessing and benefit to our community.
Knox County’s rich stock of old buildings – particularly downtown, but also in smaller communities like Ritta, Corryton, Hardin Valley, etc. connect us to our past heritage and give us a sense of place. These buildings and structures need to be preserved.
Established neighborhoods, with significant tree canopy, sidewalks – those are lovely places to live and recreate. Trees and forests – I really like that aspect of Knox County. I don’t like the barren subdivisions built with nary a tree in site after the site was cleared and graded.

I also want to say what I don’t like about Knox County (things to avoid):
– The 10-mile long commercial strip that is Kingston Pike / I-40, a design which encourages locals to use the interstate for daily shopping needs
– Low development standards, i.e. not requiring a tree in the yard of every new house, or not requiring sidewalks in new subdivisions.
– Lack of walk/bikeability in unincorporated Knox County
– Approving land development before transportation, education, emergency services, utilities, recreation are planned or implemented for an area
– Lack of strong vision that serves as a North Star for development. There are lots of aspirations in the sector plans, but little follow-through with implementation. Take the East County Small Area Plan – full of great conservation ideas, but never implemented

May 10, 2022 at 5:24 pm

I treasure

I can leave work at 4p and go on vacation every day. The ability to have that small town feel and all of the outdoor recreation opportunities with hiking, boating, wildlife, fishing, hunting, bird watching, and lakes. I can go to a different restaurant every night (not fast food) and never go to the same place twice in a month. And we’re 2 hours from several lakes, the Smokies (national park), and several state parks. We can be in Nashville, Chattanooga, Asheville or Lexington is 2-3 hours. Close to home, there’s not just one option for recreation; There’s 30 or 40 options for all of that stuff. I can get my kayak out and be on the water in 5 minutes. Or be at the really awesome Knoxville Zoo in 15 minutes (one of the best zoos in the nation). In 2 hours, I can be snow skiing in NC, or in a Chalet in Gatlinburg, or going to the TN (Chattanooga) Aquarium, or be hiking in the Smokies, or hunting in middle TN. For wildlife, this is the most biodiverse region in the nation and one of the most biodiverse in the world (reference: TVA biodiversity policy, and US FWS). We should have an entire section of the Knoxville Zoo showcasing what is in our backyards. (What is living in our lakes is already show cased in the TN Aquarium – Chattanooga).

May 10, 2022 at 11:33 am

I treasure

Green spaces. Forests. Land that is still wild and is a habitat for wildlife.

May 10, 2022 at 9:26 am

I treasure

The outdoors! The trees and scenery!

May 9, 2022 at 3:04 pm

I treasure

The amount of hiking/biking trails in the county. Especially in West Knoxville with the Comcord trails.

May 9, 2022 at 1:28 pm

I treasure

The smaller-ish town feel, maintained architecture and history.

May 7, 2022 at 9:48 am

I treasure

Our parks and greenways; lovely neighborhoods; thriving downtown; music, theater and other great activities all around the city and county.

May 6, 2022 at 8:47 pm

I treasure

Remembering what the traffic patterns were several years ago before construction and development ruled the growth of Knox County.

May 6, 2022 at 3:04 pm

I treasure

May 6, 2022 at 3:04 pm

I treasure

Cost of living is reasonable and we can celebrate our faith with family and friends

May 6, 2022 at 2:13 pm

I treasure

The people

May 6, 2022 at 1:56 pm

I treasure

The expanding downtown space, and beautiful parks.

May 6, 2022 at 12:22 pm

I treasure

I live in the county dry hollow/ kimberlin Hgts area it’s low residence, agricultural and I love that I don’t have a neighbor that’s with in spitting distance,we have wild turkeys and deer if these huge housing developments are allowed to move in this will all be gone ,so big high density housing leave us alone

May 5, 2022 at 1:13 am

I treasure

The diversity of the people from all parts of our country and the world. The conservative attitude of our Knox County legislative body.

May 4, 2022 at 6:35 pm

I treasure

The natural beauty

May 4, 2022 at 6:06 pm

I treasure

vibrant downtown, green spaces,

May 4, 2022 at 6:03 pm

I treasure

The outdoors. I enjoy biking, running, walking, climbing, swimming, really anything outside. Knoxville is placed geographically in an amazing spot where the weather is comfortable outside a lot of the year. I hope Knoxville continues to take advantage of its outdoor spaces and its unique geography. And I hope that as Knoxville grows, it becomes more densely populated in built areas rather than removing green areas around Knoxville.

May 4, 2022 at 10:35 am

I treasure

The growth potential and the people. Knoxville has a big city vibe in a smaller metropolitan area compared to a larger TN city i.e. Nashville.
The people are what brings the best out of the area. I learned that this past weekend at the Rossini Festival downtown.

May 4, 2022 at 7:04 am

I treasure

Diversity of neighborhoods and how many activities there are to do in and around Knoxville.

May 3, 2022 at 2:23 pm

I treasure

You can immerse into a downtown city, suburb or rural/mountain/lake experience depending upon your interests. Example, live in a suburban area but go downtown for entertainment, etc. Love the parks, greenways and thankful Knoxville is relatively safe.

May 3, 2022 at 1:33 pm

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I love the greenways! I also love the variety of restaurants that are available.

May 3, 2022 at 9:30 am

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Nestled between the verdant Appalachian and Cumberland mountains, our valley home is beautiful, green, and vibrant – a nurturing place to live, learn, and grow.

May 2, 2022 at 4:48 pm

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The parks and the dog friendliness of the area.

May 2, 2022 at 12:32 pm

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Parks, greenways, biking opportunities, green space, and a country/urban feel.

May 2, 2022 at 9:53 am

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I love our green spaces, parks, the work of Legacy Parks and Knox County Parks and Recreation, gardens, blue ways like Beavercreek, and our commitment to continue to fund and support recreational green spaces,

May 2, 2022 at 8:48 am

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The natural landscape of the area. It needs to be preserved because it is our greatest asset.

May 1, 2022 at 11:09 pm

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Honestly- that we are holding conservative values – it effects all things in policy

May 1, 2022 at 11:05 pm

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Parks and dogs parks

May 1, 2022 at 5:27 pm

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The green spaces and landscapes. That there are neighborhoods tho they are becoming fewer that are thoughtfully planned out and incorporate green spaces. That not every neighborhood is one where neighbors are built on top of each other

May 1, 2022 at 4:49 pm

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All the small businesses opening

May 1, 2022 at 2:38 pm

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Natural beauty, fine public schools, and friendly communities offering access to a full range of businesses and services

May 1, 2022 at 1:36 am

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Proximity to the Smokies, all four seasons, great weather, outdoor opportunities, and low cost of living.

April 30, 2022 at 7:29 am

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Great schools, healthcare and restaurants

April 30, 2022 at 7:23 am

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Low cost of living

April 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm

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I love our diversity

April 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm

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Parks and green areas.

April 29, 2022 at 6:43 pm

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Opportunity

April 29, 2022 at 2:58 pm

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the mix of rural/residential/city properties

April 29, 2022 at 10:20 am

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Knoxville and its surrounding area is one of the best cities in the country for outdoor activities. One can live in a good sized metropolitan area while still having access to almost any outdoor activity: hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, etc. To focus on one specific place, the Urban Wilderness’s development in South Knoxville and its continued development is a positive.

April 29, 2022 at 9:19 am

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The View of The Smokies and the dogwoods.

April 29, 2022 at 8:36 am

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It is NOT overdeveloped….but unfortunately will be soon

April 29, 2022 at 7:28 am

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What used to be a small country type county, no longer with the rapid growth of postage stamp subdivisions being built

April 29, 2022 at 6:52 am

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It’s a welcoming city for everyone!

April 29, 2022 at 6:03 am

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lots of vegetation

April 28, 2022 at 11:18 pm

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Access to a lot of public parks, greenways, and waterways, free parking everywhere, lots of trees

April 28, 2022 at 11:14 pm

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The mix of city and country which you can get to and from in a relatively short amount of time and distance.

April 28, 2022 at 10:10 pm

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Small population.

April 28, 2022 at 9:38 pm

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The proximity to rivers and mountains. Until roughly the last 18 months, it was the proximity without traffic. Traffic has now become a significant issue in the Farragut/Choto area.

April 28, 2022 at 9:02 pm

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Lakes, creeks, ridges, green areas, parks, and access to these areas.

April 28, 2022 at 8:33 pm

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Although it is a city, there is a lot of “country” about it — many parks and greenways….

April 28, 2022 at 8:01 pm

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That you can still get around without too many major traffic headaches. It makes the County very livable, which is why I want to live here. If we don’t build the proper transportation infrastructure, before allowing so many building permits, we will kill the livability of Knox county. Quality of life is way more important than growth at all costs. Do not allow it to become just another congested area. Focus on Quality over quantity. If we do that growth will continue at an even pace. We don’t want what has happened in Nashville or Austin. That was poor planning on the transportation side.

April 28, 2022 at 7:51 pm

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I love that we have/had a lot of green space but at the rate of growth and the counties willingness to let builders buy up land that will change soon. I think the best thing Knox County could do is require all unused building/living spaces be remodeled and filled prior to allowing in future building permits to be issued for ANY and ALL contractors. This should be one of the top priorities of KNOX COUNTY and it’s government

April 28, 2022 at 5:48 pm

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(1) The quality of life and amenities that we naturally have in East Tennessee (mountains, rolling hills, rivers, lakes and streams, the climate — having all four seasons); (2) a community that is large enough to have great shops, restaurants, recreational and entertainment activities, etc. but not so large that it has some of the problems of larger metro areas like Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, etc.; (3) cost of living; and (4) as a native of East Tennessee (Kingsport), the culture and people of East Tennessee — Southern hospitality and congeniality, a strong faith community, generally conservative politically such that traditional values are still honored and are important to the overwhelming majority of the population.

April 26, 2022 at 5:19 pm

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Small Town Feel and neighborly attitude of people. Not over developed like Nashville.

April 26, 2022 at 5:18 pm

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Small Town Feel.

April 26, 2022 at 1:21 pm

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Climate, low cost of living, mountains close by

April 26, 2022 at 10:34 am

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Natural beauty and accessibility to outdoor activity opportunities

April 26, 2022 at 8:43 am

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I love the family friendly atmosphere, I love the park spaces for us to go as a family, I love the horse farms and farmland in West Knox County.

April 26, 2022 at 8:33 am

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The green spaces and parks

April 26, 2022 at 7:53 am

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The geographical area.

April 24, 2022 at 1:19 pm

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The greenery / landscape

April 22, 2022 at 9:03 pm

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Ijams Nature Center
The Knoxville Zoo
The Knoxville Arboretum
The UT Gardens
Beardsley Farm
Three Rivers Market
ET History Center
McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture
Highlander Center
Beck Cultural Center
Bijou
Tennessee Theater
MUSE
KMA

Sorely missing the Candy Factory, which was a great place for many community activities!
Nothing has come even close to replacing it.

April 22, 2022 at 8:47 pm

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Most new developments outside of the city center are poorly planned and horrendously uniform. There is little or no thought given to make it possible to walk to schools, community centers, neighborhood shopping, playgrounds, community gardens and for kids to go play with their pals who may live just a few hundred feet away, but cannot be reached safely on foot, by roller board or bike, etc.

April 22, 2022 at 8:36 pm

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I loved Krutch Park as a quiet refuge to eat my lunch for the first 20 years I lived here.

But I’m not fond of it anymore since it was remodeled. It’s not really that kind of refuge from urban stress anymore that Mr. Krutch envisioned. While the cleanup and landscaping of the stream was certainly an improvement, the destruction of the vegetation that surrounded and sheltered it has severely degraded it’s identity.

I love art in public places, but too much was crowded into Krutch Park instead of placing it in other spaces that deserve some as well.

April 22, 2022 at 8:36 pm

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The parks and greenways.
The downtown revitalization with restoration and reuse of old buildings.

April 22, 2022 at 4:23 pm

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Some pockets of wonderful natural beauty remain, small-town feel to many communities through traditions like the Karns underpass and the home-made personal signs on the Karns pedestrian bridge over Oak Ridge Highway, low cost of living is a plus (though wouldn’t mind paying more to get some better local planning and education), excellent location with regard to climate and we rarely have major natural disasters (knock on wood…).

April 22, 2022 at 8:46 am

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Fields of cows and horses.

April 22, 2022 at 8:26 am

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Access to nature, and the walkability of the greenway system/downtown/Sutherland Ave. areas

April 22, 2022 at 7:31 am

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I am a resident of Hardin Valley and like the beauty and scale of our West Knox County community as it feels very livable and convenient to the places we live, work and play.

April 21, 2022 at 11:38 pm

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The parks and the greenways. I enjoy going to downtown once a week to volunteer at WDVX, but it is the parks and the greenways that enrich my daily life the most.

April 21, 2022 at 8:48 pm

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Activities

April 21, 2022 at 8:45 pm

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Beautiful, full of opportunity and adventure.

April 21, 2022 at 8:35 pm

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Scenic, beautiful area!

April 21, 2022 at 4:29 pm

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It feels like a safe place to live, the mountains around are beautiful, and the land (what little that still exists) offers a peaceful setting.

April 21, 2022 at 4:25 pm

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The coffee shops, the parks, and the presence of non-profits and churches

April 21, 2022 at 3:33 pm

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I love the paradox of intimacy and metropolitan entertainment. Knoxville feels friendly, safe, and urbane.

April 21, 2022 at 1:52 pm

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Opportunities to do all sorts of different activities.

April 21, 2022 at 1:04 pm

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The people!!
We have lived in Knox County for 17 years.
We are known as “halfbacks”.
I never realized that we were Yankees until we spoke. Our neighbors welcomed us in and I believe we are the oldest. Our neighbors have trusted us to babysit their children for their date nights or emergencies. We couldn’t ask for a better community than Harrison Spring.
A new road was built to alleviate the accidents at the Hardin Valley exit off of Pellissippi 162.
It’s nice to see NO shrines for people who have been killed at the exit. It made our road safer.
We need parks for the children. Too many drugs today. Maybe they could be outside and not on computers.
The vast growth in Harden Valley area is exciting. New stores are popping up all the time. For us we have everything at our finger tips.
My husband is a fan of “Five Guys he would enjoy having one on Hardin Valley Road.
Covid has changed the country and we must show the respect to those changes and embrace them. Life is what it is now so we must pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and move toward.
My 75th was yesterday. I love our country and my husband was in the Air Force in the 60’s. Our first born was in the Air Force.
Knox County has a diversified population. People from all over the country and the world come here to live in TN. We must embrace our new neighbors and welcome them. Our American flag stands for greatness and represents Knox county and what we stand for as well.
We need to keep up with the potholes on 75 and side roads.
Knox grew very fast these past 17 years.
I hope this helps convince your committees that Knox is worthy for any grants, etc. available for roads and bridges.
Thank you for your time.
Barbara

April 21, 2022 at 12:45 pm

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People

April 21, 2022 at 12:02 pm

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All the greenery and friendly people. I don’t like all the traffic on John Sevier. We need better infrastructure before we build more homes.

April 21, 2022 at 10:04 am

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The natural world that is being destroyed by uncontrolled development

April 21, 2022 at 7:53 am

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Cost of living, TREASURE the few rural areas … 19th e Gibbs area is being overwhelmed with uncontrolled building right now. The schools are full , the roads are not safe for the amount of current trafgic, much less what is coming from current plans. PLEASE help stem this !!!

April 21, 2022 at 5:46 am

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The natural environment that has yet to be disturbed by human development; the waterways; the awareness by many that natural spaces in the temperate deciduous biome unique to east Tennessee is an incalculably important but fragile asset that must be protected and preserved now and for future generations.

April 20, 2022 at 11:18 pm

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The scenery with access to hiking trails and public parks

April 20, 2022 at 9:45 pm

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I love the location and its history. I especially love how we are close to the beautiful smokies as well as close to Knoxville’s downtown.

April 20, 2022 at 8:20 pm

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Pristine rolling hillsides

April 20, 2022 at 4:33 pm

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I love the rural parts of Knox county the most. What little scenery in the rural parts we have left should be valued and protected. Agriculture needs to continue to be treasured.

April 20, 2022 at 2:53 pm

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Baker creek preserve

April 20, 2022 at 11:54 am

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Green spaces, farms, open country

April 20, 2022 at 11:31 am

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People’s sense of staying loyal to supporting local businesses

April 20, 2022 at 10:41 am

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A university town

April 19, 2022 at 11:55 pm

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Knox County has the ability to make repairs and improvements when needed.

April 19, 2022 at 10:10 pm

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the beautiful mountains and the fact that houses are still set far apart when there are not housing developments. People are generally nice and well behaved and there is mostly tolerance for diversity. What I love is the activism, the lively Black Lives Matter Movement, the dance and yoga community and the beginning, finally, of some movement and repairing of the horrible racism in East Knoxville against the Black community there. The city has completed policed and neglected the area from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame all the way down through Austin East. The county is beginning to take small steps to repair this horrible damage to the community it has caused.

April 18, 2022 at 7:32 pm

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Conservative place to live

April 18, 2022 at 10:04 am

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I live in Cedar Bluff and I appreciate that there are so many resources near my apartment. I have grocery, clothing, and housewares shopping nearby and a variety of restaurants. I also have a greenway that connects right to my door for a connection to nature.

April 17, 2022 at 10:04 pm

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I love how much nature we have in the county and the amount of space reserved for parks.

April 15, 2022 at 3:34 pm

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April 14, 2022 at 11:59 am

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Small Town Feel

April 13, 2022 at 8:10 pm

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Rural space!!!!!! Please do not let it be one a bunch of suburbs 🙁

April 13, 2022 at 9:43 am

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WILDLIFE – DEER, FOX, RABBITS, SQUIRRELS, WILD TURKEYS, BIRDS, BATS. THEIR HABITAT IS BEING DESTROYED AND THE ANIMALS ARE BEING DISPLACED DUE TO EXCESSIVE MULTI-HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS. STOP THE MADNESS!

April 13, 2022 at 8:12 am

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How well kept the public spaces are including roadsides and medians.

April 12, 2022 at 3:37 pm

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The variety of activities. The growing restaurant scene. The close proximity to the national park. The urban trails. Affordable cost of living.

April 12, 2022 at 11:53 am

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The beauty and the people.

April 12, 2022 at 8:45 am

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Diverse gathering of people. I moved here from out of state and love the variety of people you meet here and all the spaces we have to gather (particularly market square / gay street).

April 12, 2022 at 7:46 am

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Golf and outdoor activities

April 11, 2022 at 8:04 pm

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Downtown and the connected urban neighborhoods. Greenways and Parks.

April 11, 2022 at 3:46 pm

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Parks and open spaces

April 11, 2022 at 1:03 pm

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The parks. This area is beautiful (second only to GSMNP) but the options to take our kids is great. We also love the historical parts and Civil War history. I do wish that was celebrated more. I know Farragut is their own quasi-government but the battlefield of Campbell Station is about gone thanks to development. I wish it was preserved as a park.

April 11, 2022 at 9:39 am

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The people.

April 11, 2022 at 8:25 am

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Community and family aspect, lots to do outdoors

April 11, 2022 at 8:19 am

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The Greenways, Urban Wilderness, Farmer Markets, Art and music integrated everywhere.

April 11, 2022 at 7:36 am

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The close vacinity to the Smoky Mountains.

April 10, 2022 at 4:24 pm

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The freedom to worship without fear of persecution.

April 10, 2022 at 1:19 pm

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Views of the mountains, Lakeshore Park, McFee Park, downtown Knoxville, beautiful trees and views of the river.

April 10, 2022 at 12:43 pm

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Natural beauty, the forests, and hills

April 9, 2022 at 9:19 pm

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I love that it has multiple seasons and there was affordable housing, even in Farragut.

April 9, 2022 at 4:51 pm

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Great for families! Lots of free family activities and water parks

April 9, 2022 at 2:07 pm

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I used to love everything about knoxville but now all I want to do is get away from it and it’s sad because My husband and myself grew up here. People used to be friendly, everyone lived their lives slow and were happy about it, if you were broke down 20 people would stop and have you going in no time and chances are you knew someone they knew and could say thank you with a batch of cookies or pie now you better call a tow truck and it could be a mile down the road and still take 20 minutes to get to you from all the traffic and people moving here. They are over running this once smal but great town and turning it into Nashville and y’all are just sitting back and letting it happen to line your pockets. Don’t act like you care because from where a lot of us stand you don’t.

April 9, 2022 at 1:57 pm

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Good public schools

April 9, 2022 at 11:02 am

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Greenways and parks

April 9, 2022 at 10:23 am

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Country city living. Not to fast not to slow

April 9, 2022 at 9:37 am

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Not a another, Knox County is being ruined

April 9, 2022 at 9:35 am

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The 4 beautiful seasons of weather.

April 9, 2022 at 2:38 am

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I love the people and the down home feel within a city. I love Market Square, L&N Stem, Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville Children’s Theatre, and Fort Dickerson Earthen-works fort.

April 8, 2022 at 11:53 pm

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The Possibility for Diversity

April 8, 2022 at 9:40 pm

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Urban wilderness

April 8, 2022 at 9:00 pm

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Convenience

April 8, 2022 at 7:08 pm

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Our Parks and Waterways are beautiful Treasures. Our uninhabited lands reflects the Natural beauty of Tennessee( Smokey Mountains lush vegetation and natural animal habitats. Therefore, there needs to be a cap or limit on all these contractors building these ugly ,cheaply made & constructed Smithbilt manufacted clone homes, and quit building only expensive high rise apartments geared only for rich college kids whose families who can afford luxury apt.living. Quit busing in so many homeless people from other states who continually clog up community resources, creating barriers and red tape for legitimate single moms who want to work and provide for their families but can’t because the system is soooo overburdened with Chronic homeless people who choose that lifestyle to avoid dealing with responsibility in society. Quit marketing to all the people from the other more expensive cost of living states ( Ca, New York, Fla, Up North, etc.. to move here just because tgey have money in their pockets so they keep buying up all the available property causing ridiculous surges in housing & land prices. Now tge typically middle class Native Tennessans & ( especially low income familues) are pushed completely out of te housing market. They can’t even afford to buy their own homes anymore, pay rent or even keep the houses thats been in their families for generations of Tennessans from here!!!:(. Its all about money and its getting worse. Its a a serious housing crunch and Noone from here can afford a house anymore. So why does the City & County of Knoxville keep buying up all the property for commercial development, if you are going to keep putting your Indigenous citizens out into the streets?:(

April 8, 2022 at 7:06 pm

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I love that I can get across town in about 15 minutes without major traffic snarls.
I love that we have a diversified economic base that is stable and organically growing.
I love that we hold ourselves out as “The Maker City” and “Scruffy City”.
I love that we embrace and support entrepreneurship.
I love that Knox County feels safe.
I love that many are working for the betterment of us all.
I love that we continue to build and maintain parks, greenways, trails, blueways and more.

April 8, 2022 at 6:46 pm

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Landscape

April 8, 2022 at 6:41 pm

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I am not really in love with Knox Co anymore. There is too much building without any thoughts concerning infrastructure. New neighborhoods and apartment complexes pop up without giving any thought to roads/traffic, if the schools can handle the additional students, etc.

April 8, 2022 at 6:25 pm

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We love the people who make Knox County a nice place to live.

April 8, 2022 at 6:17 pm

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The communtiy

April 8, 2022 at 6:14 pm

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Parks, bike trails, outside spaces

April 8, 2022 at 6:06 pm

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Park and outdoor spaces

April 8, 2022 at 6:02 pm

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That hopefully they are NOT teaching kids CRT or sexual preference in Elementary

April 8, 2022 at 6:00 pm

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Green areas

April 8, 2022 at 9:39 am

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I love how our area has almost everything you’d need but is still “quiet” enough to be a small area. I know it’s growing but I am enjoying our quiet little special spot while it’s still a little secret.

April 8, 2022 at 6:35 am

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Outdoor spaces & The Arts

April 7, 2022 at 9:54 pm

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Green space

April 7, 2022 at 7:42 pm

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Outdoor activities and variety of activities to from culture, outdoors, food, beer, and sports

April 7, 2022 at 4:03 pm

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parks

April 7, 2022 at 2:06 pm

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Peace

April 7, 2022 at 2:01 pm

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the variety and proximity that Knox County gives.

April 7, 2022 at 12:41 pm

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Green spaces

April 7, 2022 at 11:06 am

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Our outdoor spaces

April 7, 2022 at 11:02 am

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I’ve lived here all my live, all my family lives here in Knox County so it feels like home to me. I love the atmosphere of working downtown your within walking distance to Market Square/shops/restaurants and also home of the Big Orange Tennessee Vols!

April 7, 2022 at 8:51 am

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The ability to have access to quality arts and culture from the city while still being able to live in the mountains. Also really love the growth of greenways, blueways, and the urban wilderness.

April 7, 2022 at 8:23 am

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The parks and Greenways

April 7, 2022 at 6:43 am

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The way of lIfe

April 6, 2022 at 9:35 pm

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The mix of nature and city life

April 6, 2022 at 8:11 pm

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I REALLY like the fact that the county is comprised of both urban and rural areas. I think it has a good balance of both, which I appreciate, having moved here from a largely urban area. If you’re in the city and want to go for a hike, you can do so without taking a road trip. Likewise, if you’re on the farm but want to do some shopping at the mall, it’s feasible.

April 6, 2022 at 7:57 pm

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Reasonable taxes

April 6, 2022 at 4:27 pm

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The beauty of having a county that is urban, suburban and rural all in one. It has it’s challenges but you can have a little bit of everything. And I hope we can create a plan that can keep it that way. Increase density in the city and fill vacant lots, maximize suburban housing options and preserve open land if possible.

April 6, 2022 at 4:16 pm

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Downtown Knoxville and the river.

April 6, 2022 at 4:03 pm

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The Scenery

April 6, 2022 at 2:45 pm

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I love Knox County’s many miles of trails and greenways for hiking, running and biking.

April 6, 2022 at 2:19 pm

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It is still (barely) recognizable as a town in Tennessee.

April 6, 2022 at 10:59 am

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Cool place to live, lots of green space and generally safe!

April 6, 2022 at 10:08 am

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I love the “settler spirit” found in this valley of the Smokies. The courage it took for settlers to cross the mountains to see what is on the other side and carve out a life by being self-sustaining is still alive and thriving in the entrepreneurial spirit that is being nurtured in the downtown shared working spaces, business incubators, and the vibrant and eclectic artistic community. It provides big city variety but small community feel.

April 6, 2022 at 9:47 am

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Parks and greenways, festivals downtown

April 6, 2022 at 9:46 am

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I treasure the community engagement in Knox County. I appreciate that everywhere you go in Knox, there are people willing to engage and shape the community.

April 6, 2022 at 9:31 am

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Market Square, Greenways, The Arts

April 6, 2022 at 9:08 am

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I like the distinct differences between areas of the county. I like that there are still views in the county and not too many tall buildings or dense population. The rural character of certain parts of the county is very appealing.

April 6, 2022 at 9:02 am

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Small town feel with big city amenities

April 6, 2022 at 9:00 am

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I love areas like Turkey Creek or Northshore town center. I love that they are well maintained. Other areas such as central Avenue and south Knoxville along the river are all great places as well where I notice there is much attention to landscaping, sidewalks, etc.

April 6, 2022 at 8:09 am

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Market Square, Greenways, Accessibility to the mountains, The Arts

April 6, 2022 at 8:09 am

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Beautiful scenery, nice people.

April 6, 2022 at 8:01 am

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Growing number of multi-use trails and greenways

April 5, 2022 at 9:23 pm

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The inner city is redeveloping into a viable community

April 5, 2022 at 8:57 pm

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Natural environment

April 5, 2022 at 7:53 pm

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Country feeling yet close access to the city.

April 5, 2022 at 7:40 pm

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Parks, there are many places to go and experience the great outdoors here.

April 5, 2022 at 7:14 pm

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Trees and greenways

April 5, 2022 at 6:11 pm

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Walking parks and sporting events

April 5, 2022 at 5:51 pm

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The best thing about Knoxville are the streams, coves, hills, valleys, forests. You can go from one end of the county to the other to see and get anything you could need or want.

April 5, 2022 at 5:40 pm

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The greenways are such a blessing to the county. Please continue to support the current greenways and expand them into new areas!

April 5, 2022 at 5:18 pm

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Tax structure and conservative base.

April 5, 2022 at 4:15 pm

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Beautiful area, affordable living and I grew up here

April 5, 2022 at 4:13 pm

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Wooded ridges and urban forest areas with trails and greenway connections

April 5, 2022 at 4:11 pm

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It has evolved to a modern fun city, with great music and concert opportunities. Great outdoor space and close proximity to the mountains and lakes.

April 5, 2022 at 4:08 pm

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The scenic beauty, which sadly is disappearing due to overdevelopment.

April 5, 2022 at 4:06 pm

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TN and Bijou Theatres, Music venues, Big Ears Festival, local restaurants (not chains).

April 5, 2022 at 4:05 pm

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Peace and quiet

April 5, 2022 at 3:56 pm

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Still large amounts of green space.

April 5, 2022 at 3:35 pm

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I love the revitalization of downtown and areas surrounding! I love the walking trails! The focus on art and culture and music in our outdoor spaces and community activities! I want to learn more about the hidden treasures and history in our area and pass that information on through the library!

April 5, 2022 at 3:12 pm

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dowtown

April 5, 2022 at 3:06 pm

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Recreation within a short drive. Music venues. Food options. Easy commute to work and home.

April 5, 2022 at 2:34 pm

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I enjoy the things that enhance and highlight our natural amenities such the many greenways, parks, waterfronts. Ijams is fantastic steward of our beautiful surroundings.

April 5, 2022 at 2:28 pm

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The wide variety of activities available for enjoyment–parks, music, theatre, art, restaurants, etc.

April 5, 2022 at 10:53 am

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I think Knox County is the perfect size. We are large enough to have a university, a ballet, an opera, a thriving downtown, theaters, a hockey team, lots of restaurants and shopping choices, and yet we are small enough that you can get from one end of town to the other most days within 30 minutes and you are likely to run into someone you know as you go about town. I love our beautiful green landscape and the untouched ridges and hillsides. I love the city/country feel of Knoxville, where we still have rural areas and farmland, where you can take an easy drive to see wide open fields and tree-covered ridges and then go downtown and be in a walkable, urbanized, pedestrian-friendly space that feels like a bigger city than Knoxville actually is.

April 5, 2022 at 9:24 am

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Central location to southeast
Proximity to mountains and lakes
Green space
Downtown
University of Tennessee

April 5, 2022 at 7:43 am

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Small town feel

April 5, 2022 at 7:08 am

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The beauty of farms and nature. In the last few years, it seems like there are many subdivisions going in. Sometimes less is more. Not everyone wants to live with 20+ houses next to them. Please focus on quality NOT quantity.

April 5, 2022 at 6:48 am

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Neighborhoods that include green spaces and identities, a growing attitude that we can work together across all neighborhoods to address housing, transportation and gun violence

April 4, 2022 at 8:43 pm

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The promise of more bike friendly, long distance greenways that go far beyond the busy parks and small greenways.

April 4, 2022 at 6:05 pm

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Rural areas, urban wilderness, beautiful S Knox county wildlife, downtown restaurants and festivals

April 4, 2022 at 4:23 pm

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location

April 4, 2022 at 3:58 pm

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I love the proximity to mountains, lower traffic and green spaces.

April 4, 2022 at 3:47 pm

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Beautiful outdoor spaces, mostly friendly community, diversity, great restaurants

April 4, 2022 at 3:05 pm

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The Urban Wilderness and Ijams Nature Center, and all of our historic buildings and houses

April 4, 2022 at 2:50 pm

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Rivers, streams, mountains, the few walkable areas we have

April 4, 2022 at 2:26 pm

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I love that Knox County feels both small and large, that each community and neighborhood has an identity and a culture unique to that space. I love that wherever you go you see people growing food, raising chickens, honoring, native plants, and that there are place to eat, drink, play, and shop in our neighborhoods. I hope that as we grow, we can stay rooted in the things that make a community feel at home, trees, parks and green spaces, access to water for recreation, art, and more. I hope that our community continues to grow in a way that keeps each area unique.

April 4, 2022 at 1:24 pm

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Outdoor activities!

April 4, 2022 at 11:57 am

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The natural beauty of the Knoxville region, the vibrant downtown and all the resources that UTK provides from sports to the arts.

April 4, 2022 at 11:24 am

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Great people, beautiful!! Increasing diversity

April 4, 2022 at 10:36 am

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I enjoy that many areas still are in farming use or forested. Natural areas are important to the well-being of us all. I appreciate the lakes and waterways and the opportunity for outside recreation. Knox County and Knoxville also have a good mix of businesses and restaurants to visit and support local establishments.

April 4, 2022 at 9:28 am

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The abundant access to outdoor recreation and the proximity to the mountains.

April 4, 2022 at 7:57 am

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I love the combination of natural beauty and access to a thriving downtown.

April 4, 2022 at 6:59 am

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1.Knox county does a very good job of prioritizing our important needs and managing our money AND I enjoy the friendliness of community.

April 4, 2022 at 6:46 am

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My immediate family lives here.

April 3, 2022 at 12:47 pm

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I love the areas, developed and not, that have retained large trees and natural settings. Subdivisions are necessary for family housing, for housing families in places convenient to public services and necessary retail outlets, but we need to preserve some places for our native wildlife and plant life to flourish.

April 2, 2022 at 10:45 pm

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The beautiful geography and people.

April 2, 2022 at 8:56 pm

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Peaceful and quiet! Family oriented.

April 2, 2022 at 8:31 pm

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April 2, 2022 at 8:31 pm

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As a parent who’s child is nor grown to all of 21 why have they not considered another middle and or high school hall is becoming a 2nd Farragut ?

April 2, 2022 at 8:14 pm

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It’s a very livable city, lots of green spaces for families at all socioeconomic levels to enjoy free activities outdoors.

April 2, 2022 at 7:57 pm

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Knoxville is a good sized town that still has a small town feel.

April 2, 2022 at 6:43 pm

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Variety of living areas, ease of reaching shopping, schools, hospitals

April 2, 2022 at 11:06 am

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South Knoxville. IT is where I live and I love it. I also love North Knoxville. Being in the foothills of the smokies and east TN is the greatest thing ever.

April 1, 2022 at 11:31 am

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The cost of living

April 1, 2022 at 10:42 am

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Amazing outdoor activities – particularly the trails in South Knox.

April 1, 2022 at 9:55 am

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The opportunity to recreate outdoors with the many parks and trails.

March 31, 2022 at 2:43 pm

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Services and programs at senior centers

March 31, 2022 at 9:35 am

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Parks and family friendly and dog friendly areas

March 30, 2022 at 8:46 pm

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That there is so much amazing outdoor activity. I think of it as year-round summer camp for adults (in a good way).

March 30, 2022 at 7:17 pm

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The variety of urban and rural settings. I can get from the good food of downtown to open fields in south Knox in 15-20min (or a 30min bike ride).