Your views are important to the Metropolitan Planning Commission, whose
goals include involving the public in the planning process.
Before the MPC meeting
There are several ways to comment on an item scheduled to be discussed
at the Metropolitan Planning Commission monthly meeting.
- Letters and Petitions—mail, deliver,
or fax written comments to MPC. Be sure to identify which item you
are writing about.
- Photos, Maps, Reports—mail or deliver
information to MPC.
- Phone Calls—all 15 planning commissioners
accept phone calls from the public, either at work or home. Call MPC
to find out which they prefer and how to reach them.
- Website, E-mail—Email addresses for MPC Commissioners and staff are available on our website. Emails received before publication of the initial agenda package (the Friday before each meeting) will be published as part of the agenda package. Emails received after that time will be included in supplementary packages for the commissioners and published on the MPC Agenda "Changes and Corrections" page.
At the MPC Meeting
Arrive promptly at 1:30 p.m.—this is when postponements
and withdrawals of items are announced. Consent
items (marked on the agenda with an asterisk) also are heard
at the beginning of the meeting. Consent items are scheduled to be approved
as a group. If you object to one of these, say so immediately after
the consent agenda is read and the item will then be removed from
the consent list and heard separately at its regular place in the appropriate
You do not have to sign
up to speak at an MPC meeting. The MPC chair will call for public
comments after reading the staff recommendation on each item. Persons
either in favor or in opposition of a proposal have a total of five
minutes per side to make their case. Groups should select a spokesperson,
and that person should be sure to recognize the citizens represented
there. It's a good idea for the members of a group to stand up
at this time. It's also important for a spokesperson to mention any
documents or letters previously mailed to the commissioners so
this material is made part of the record. Additional material may
be submitted at the meeting. Speakers should limit their remarks
to the facts of the case and avoid repeating comments already made.
Throughout the Year
MPC staff members
hold a variety of meetings throughout the year to gather public input
on planning and transportation issues. These meetings usually are held
at neighborhood schools, libraries, and churches. Look for notices in
the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
MPC Phone Numbers and
Fax: (865) 215-2068
Suite 403 City County Building,
400 Main Street,
Knoxville, TN 37902
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