The Metropolitan Planning Commission is getting ready to update its South City Sector Plan, covering city-limits South Knoxville. The first meeting to gather public input will be held at 6 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 20, in the library of South Doyle Middle School.
MPC staff will explain the planning process, and then encourage conversation about land use, transportation issues, and community resources like public buildings and parks. The commission regularly updates sector plans for regions of both the city and county. The South City plan was last amended in 2002. (You can read it at knoxmpc.org/scity02/toc.htm).
The sector plans guide planning and land use decisions over a 15-year time span. Background material available on the MPC website notes that the South City sector population has grown by an estimated 1,200 people since 2000, and its share of the total city population has held steady at around 11 percent.