During the Blueprint process from 2017-2019, more than 1,800 ideas were collected at public meetings and events. An over-arching theme was the desire to be “uniquely Oak Ridge,” or to build up a local identity that expresses the strengths and intentions of the community.
The ideas from the community also formed three main pillars, evident since the City’s inception, of the most cherished aspects of living, visiting, and working in Oak Ridge. Growth and change, as it occurs, shall be guided to reinforce these core values so that they remain clear and strong.
The over-arching goals in the Blueprint Plan seek to achieve the vision of attracting residents and visitors through well-planned growth by improving both development potential and quality of life factors. These goals will be carried forward in the Comprehensive Plan update process.
Grow our Population & Economic Sustainability
Increase the tax base and population, diversify local business and industry, and broaden choices of goods and services.
Enhance our Image & Quality of Place
Make Oak Ridge a more attractive place to live through better physical definition, identity and character, a vibrant city center, updated public facilities and infrastructure, and entertainment and cultural activities.
Improve Connectivity and Mobility
Provide better and safer connections between neighborhoods, schools, and businesses for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.