Blueprint, a citywide plan in progress that will guide the future of Oak Ridge, is presented here to invite additional public feedback to the Municipal Planning Commission before its adoption. The same information and the opportunity to share opinions is available by visiting the lobbies of the Oak Ridge Public Library and Chamber of Commerce, or by visiting the Community Development office at the Municipal Building, 200 South Tulane Avenue, to view additional maps and information. Or call (865) 425-3531 to contact department representatives directly.

Come join us at our community open houses to view City Blueprint and speak with Planning Staff and Planning Commission members:

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Oak Ridge High School Food Court, 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019, Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The community is welcome to attend Planning Commission Work Sessions and Regular Meetings. The Plan is expected to be considered for approval at the February 21, 2019, meeting. Agendas are posted one week ahead of meetings. View them here.


What the Plan will Include: 

The Blueprint Plan is intended to be a clear and straightforward document that inspires action in achieving the community’s widely accepted vision and goals. The Plan content is outlined here, and will integrate the findings and data generated over the two-year planning process. Visual graphics will support the content throughout the Plan in order to maximize its usefulness to a range of audiences.

OVER-ARCHING VALUES & GOALS – *Click here* to view the draft values and goals from a previous article.

PLANNING CONCEPTS – This section will illustrate some of the text book city planning concepts that support the goals for Oak Ridge, such as place-making and pedestrian and vehicular connectivity. These basic ideas and principles will also provide a foundation for the more specific Plan recommendations.

PLAN RECOMMENDATIONS – Feedback generated during the Blueprint process, as well as analysis of existing conditions and plans, are being translated into recommendations. Continue reading further below!

The list is still growing. The many comments, ideas and projects suggested by the community are organized into categories to convey them in a meaningful and effective way.

NEXT STEPS – Key recommendations will be prioritized to be completed within 5 or 15 years, and monitored each year for progress. The intent is that the Municipal Planning Commission will continually revisit the Plan in order to gauge the effectiveness of actions or re-prioritize strategies, and to account for factors that may have changed.

Get Everyone Involved:

   Flyers are available to download if you would like to distribute information to your group or organization.
-Click here for the flyer or click here for the postcard handout.

   Visit the Community Development Office in the Municipal Building during regular business hours to view maps and more information about Blueprint.

   Display stations with comment boxes are posted at the Library, Chamber of Commerce, and in the Municipal Building.

   Make a request for Planning Staff to give a brief presentation to your community group or organization.

Draft Blueprint Plan Recommendations:

Below is a short list of recommendations, sorted into categories, to illustrate the some of the feedback that has been received. Not all of the feedback has been represented here. Dozens more recommendations will be added to the final draft of the Blueprint Plan, and additional ideas are welcomed. Leave your ideas in the survey!

Create fertile ground for sustainable, healthy population growth by diversifying our economic and employment base, and expanding housing quality choices.

  •  Plan for public projects that can attract and leverage private investment and revitalization projects
  •  Promote locally-owned and independent businesses
  •  Develop tourism and recreation as a steady base of the local economy
  •  Better engage with the knowledge, experience, and resources within the local senior population

Improve our housing stock to broaden choices, increase ownership opportunities and enhance our regional market position, which will add to housing values and tax base.

  •  Support the housing plan and strategy that is being developed by a consortium of local housing-related organizations and agencies to meet the economic and mobility needs of the community

Cultivate and maintain a beautiful and healthy natural environment that is accessible to everyone. 

  •  Improve pedestrian walkability and connectivity throughout the City, such as adding a network of urban trails that will connect the future CSX Rails-to-Trails greenway to neighborhoods and recreation areas.

Promote development patterns that encourage mixed land use, safety, and preservation of open space in order to serve a range of people and lifestyles.

  •  Focus land use policies and strategic public investment that will help create an active city center for Oak Ridge.

View a new report about the Oak Ridge City Center by Skidmore Owings and Merrill

Provide a primarily safe network of vehicular and pedestrian circulation that produces a walkable environment of visual attractiveness, comfort, accessibility and connectivity.

  •  Improve safety and traffic circulation through regular monitoring and maintenance of roads and sidewalks.  Next, evaluate citywide road and intersection design, traffic control, etc, and recommend improvements, incorporating Complete Street design.

Foster a distinctive, attractive community with a strong sense of place.

  •  Coordinate visibility of the new National Park to promote the image of Oak Ridge.
  •  Build on community pride and support to generate positive incentives and property maintenance, beautification, and public art programs.
  •  Enable an educated and engaged citizenry to interact or participate in City Boards and  Commissions. Provide better communication to citizens about project review and decision-making.