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Community Development 


wayne blasius


Community Development Director                            
(865) 425-3585    

Community Development is responsible for coordinating the City's planning and code enforcement functions, while focusing on sustainability and quality of life issues. The department oversees the zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations, sign regulations, planned unit developments (PUDs) and site plan reviews. Community Development also processes rezoning and permitting requests.

The Department staff consists of 10 employees who also provide support to the following boards and commissions: Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Board of Building and Housing Code Appeals and the Trade Licensing Board. 

The Community Development Department also administers the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a federal program whose objective is to improve communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, all principally for persons of low and moderate income.  The City of Oak Ridge is an entitlement jurisdiction receiving an annual allocation of CDBG funds from HUD.

The City of Oak Ridge acknowledges the importance of citizen participation in the CDBG program. Citizens are informed through public notices, public hearings, staff-attended meetings, City Council meetings, City Council work sessions and Fair Housing Month. The City's website includes a CDBG icon, with access to the CAPER, the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, the Annual Action Plan and the AI. Impediments to Fair Housing Plan. City staff attempt to stay informed about programs funded through other sources and makes every effort to inform other organizations of this information.

Hours of Operation 

Monday through Friday
Open from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM


Municipal Building 200 South Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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(865) 425-3531

Planning Division 

Senior Planner                              Email Senior Planner                            Email
(865) 425-3580 (865) 425-3581



Valarie Emery

Community Development Specialist
Administrative Specialist
(865) 425-3584(865) 425-3531

Code Enforcement

Arnold Blackwell                             

 Tessa Powell 

Code Enforcement Supervisor Administrative Assistant
(865) 425-3583 (865) 425-3532

Lisa Crumpley

Jake Martin

Building & Plumbing Inspector
Electrical & Mechanical Inspector
(865) 425-3582 865-425-3575
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 Code Enforcement Inspector 
 (865) 425-3574 
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