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the community development/ codes is periodically closed to in-person services in light of covid-19.
when staff is not present, contact us for assistatnce at:

for PERMITTING OR INSPECTIONS,
OR CALL (865) 425-3532.

FOR PLANNING OR GENERAL INFORMATION,
CALL (865) 425-3531 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE.

we apologize for the inconvenience and hope to be back open soon.



Community Development 

  

wayne blasius

 

Community Development Director                            
(865) 425-3585    
Email

The Community Development staff works with citizens, builders and developers to encourage excellent development and maintenance of private property in Oak Ridge. The department is responsible for coordinating the City's planning and code enforcement functions, while focusing on smart growth, enhancing the tax base,  and quality of life issues. The staff oversees the zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations, sign regulations, planned unit developments (PUDs) and site plan reviews. Community Development also processes rezoning and permitting requests.

Our staff consists of 10 employees who also provide support to the following boards and commissions: Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Oak Ridge Land Bank,  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

Location

Municipal Building 200 South Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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Contact

(865) 425-3531
Email

Planning Division 



NATHALIE SCHMIDT JENNIFER WILLIAMS
Senior Planner                              Email Senior Planner                            Email
(865) 425-3580 (865) 425-3581



 
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
 

MATT WIDNER

Valarie Emery

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

Arnold Blackwell                             

 Tessa Powell 

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

Jake Martin

Building & Plumbing Inspector
Electrical & Mechanical Inspector
(865) 425-3582 865-425-3575
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SPARTACUS JORDAN

 
 Code Enforcement Inspector 
 (865) 425-3574 
Email 
  
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