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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

Spread Out

The Spread Out concept places a high value on growing in a dispersed manner, across the entire region.

Regional Forum SeriesRegional Forum Series


Growth occurs mainly in suburban and rural areas, with minimal growth in the region’s cities and towns. New development is car-friendly and grows primarily into undeveloped areas. New homes are largely developed in suburban neighborhoods and on rural lots that were once farmland and open space.

Spread Out Regional Growth Concept Map

View a conceptual map showing how expected new population and jobs might be added to the region under a Spread Out growth pattern and the transportation improvements required to support it.


  • Different types of housing are available, but most new residences are single-family homes and apartments.
  • Most people get to jobs, home, shopping, recreation and school by car.
  • Commutes are typically farther for people living in rural and suburban areas.
  • Local transit service remains as it is today.
  • Road and utility infrastructure is expanded and extended into rural areas as needed, frequently “leapfrogging” close-in land that is left undeveloped.
  • Live New homes are scattered throughout the region, primarily in suburban and rural neighborhoods. Housing is separated from employment and commercial areas. Some homes and subdivisions are designed around significant natural and cultural resources.

    Work Jobs are located in existing cities and towns and also are spread around the region in clusters.

    Shop Shops and services typically are located along major highways (in suburban shopping centers and office parks) or urban areas (in strip centers and small storefronts).

    Play Regional recreation opportunities (e.g., lakes, rivers and mountains) are near some rural and suburban 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. Some residents are able to access services and shopping by walking or transit. Schools serve a wider area of the region, and most children take a bus or car ride to school. Greenways are used generally for recreation, not commuting.

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