Meet the Commissioners

The Planning Commission is an advisory board comprised of 15 citizens—seven appointed by the City Mayor and eight appointed by the County Mayor.

These volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and represent a broad spectrum of community interests and concerns. They serve staggered four-year terms without compensation and may be re-appointed.

Submit a comment to the commissioners

If you have comments about an agenda item or wish to provide additional information to the Planning Commission and staff, direct correspondence to: or Knoxville-Knox County Planning 400 Main St, Suite 403 Knoxville, TN 37902

All correspondence regarding cases on the Planning Commission agenda including letters, email and faxes are distributed to each Commissioner and will be published as part of the official record.

Gayle Bustin

A Mississippi native, Gayle has lived all over the world. After retiring, she relocated to Knoxville and has become very involved in the community. She currently serves on the boards of the East Tennessee Community Design Center, Legacy Housing Foundation, and the Holston Homeowners Association. Her goals as a planning commissioner are to maintain the unique character and natural beauty of our area by ensuring that development is consistent with environmental, social, and economic goals.

Contact Information:
531 S. Gay Street, Apartment 1202
Knoxville, TN 37902

Conrad "Mac" Goodwin

Mac is an author and a retired archaeologist. He earned a PhD in Historical Archaeology from Boston University and has worked professionally along the U.S. east coast, in the Caribbean, and in the Pacific. He is an active member in Town Hall East, the French Broad Preservation Association, Slow Food Tennessee Valley, the Slovenian Consulate for Tennessee, and is an adviser to Native Plant Rescue Squad. Mac’s interests as a commissioner are smart growth, a livable city, solar energy, and climate change issues.

Contact Information:
4801 Westover Terrace
Knoxville, TN 37914

Patrick Phillips

Patrick is the retired Executive Director of the Loudon County Economic Development Agency. Patrick holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee. He is a former Vice Chair of the Westwood Homeowners Association, a member of the Knoxville Transportation Planning Organization Technical Committee, and a member of the Tennessee Economic Development Council. He also supports Ijams Nature Center and the East Tennessee Design Center. Patrick's goals as a planning commissioner are to emphasize redevelopment and preservation of local historic and cultural assets unique to the community, preserve neighborhoods, strengthen the local economy, and reduce urban sprawl.

Contact Information:
5534 Westover Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919

Jeffrey W. Roth

Jeffrey is the vice president of Quality Machine and Welding Company in Knoxville. He has served as the Legislative Committee Chairman and Chairman of the Board for Associated Builders and Contractors. He is active in the Builders Exchange of Tennessee, serving as Treasurer, Board Member, and Executive Committee Member, and he is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction. Jeffrey has also participated on the Sponsorship Committee for the University of Tennessee Medical Center's Cancer Institute, co-chairing recent fund raising efforts for cancer research. Jeffrey's goal as a planning commissioner is to make informed decisions that foster development in all sectors of Knox County while being cognizant of property rights, property values, and environmental concerns.

Contact Information:
2008 Hoitt Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

Janice L. Tocher

Janice, a 25-year resident of South Knoxville, is President of Averra Media Corporation, a website development, multimedia, and custom programming company. Her business is a founding member of the Urban Wilderness Arts and Trade District and she serves as the group's treasurer. She is president of the South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association as well as their representative to the South Knoxville Neighborhood and Business Coalition. She is also a graduate of the CAC Community Leadership course. As a planning commissioner, her goal is to ensure that development is done responsibly with concern for the economy, neighborhoods, the environment and the scenic beauty of Knoxville and Knox County.

Contact Information:
326 Taylor Road
Knoxville, TN 37920

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