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Knoxville Regional
Transportation Planning Organization

400 Main St, Suite 403
Knoxville, TN 37902

phone: (865) 215-2500
fax: (865) 215-2068

Regional Growth Concept

Trend or "Business as Usual"

The Trend is a continuation of “business as usual." It's what the region might look like in 2040 based on expected population gains, job growth and the prevailing development patterns found in the region today. Its' a starting point for comparing new approaches.

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Growth tends to occur in suburban areas, expanding along major roads into rural areas. Most new development is car-friendly, with commercial and residential uses separated from each other. New homes are built in suburban neighborhoods and on rural lots that were once farmland or open space.

Trend Regional Growth Concept Map

View a conceptual map showing how expected new population and jobs might be added to the region under a "business as usual" growth pattern.


  • Different types of homes are available in urban and suburban areas, but most are single-family homes and apartments.
  • A car is needed for most people to get to jobs, home, shopping, recreation and school.
  • Commutes to work and school may be farther for people living in rural and suburban areas.
  • Cities and towns make limited investments in sidewalks, bike lanes and transit.
  • Road, sewer and water service are expanded along major roads and extended into rural areas, but occasionally “leapfrogging” close-in land in favor of other areas.
  • Live New homes are built in suburban single-family neighborhoods and apartment complexes. Some houses are built within cities and towns, in or near existing neighborhoods and downtowns. Homes are typically separated from jobs and commercial areas.

    Work New locations for jobs are located in existing cities and towns, shopping centers and suburban office and business parks.

    Shop New shopping areas and commercial services are primarily located along highways, in large shopping centers.

    Play Regional recreation opportunities (e.g., lakes, rivers and mountains) are near some rural homes. Local parks, greenways and recreation centers are close to residential neighborhoods. Most residents access these facilities by car.

    Getting Around The car is the primary form of transportation. Shopping and services are available to some residents in cities and towns by walking, biking or transit. Schools serve a wider area of the region, and most children take a bus or car ride to get there. Greenways are used generally for recreation, not for getting to work.

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