City Blueprint presents a citizen-supported, visionary plan for future growth and development in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The Plan will evolve over time to respond to changing conditions, while continuing to ensure that actions align with the community’s core values.

The purpose of this website is to inform decision-makers, engage citizens, and promote coordinated efforts between public and private sectors that improve the quality of the community.

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Community Path Forward (Vision)

Growing Oak Ridge by attracting workers and others to live in the city is critical for our future.  Not headlong sprawl, careless or haphazard growth, but well-planned growth aimed at more efficient use of our existing infrastructure.  Oak Ridge will become a better city through planning for strategic growth and by knowing and preserving its values.

Core Values

The community has identified four themes that characterize the most cherished aspects of living, visiting, and working in Oak Ridge.  In fact, the same themes have been evident since the City’s inception.  Growth and change, as it occurs, shall be guided to reinforce the community’s core values so that they remain clear and strong.

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science, tech, & innovation

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Goals for Growth and Development

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.

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.

Oak Ridge’s Plan for growth and development is organized into six elements, or categories, which provide an interrelated framework for planning, reporting, and action steps.

Explore each element for more in-depth information.  Updates and recent activity are posted in Moving Forward.

Land Use & Infrastructure

Transportation & Mobility

Livability & Community Vibrancy

Economic Vitality & Sustainable Growth

Housing & Healthy Neighborhoods

Recreation & Natural Assets


Planning in Oak Ridge involves everyone. Communication and continued public participation is important for validating ideas and gauging success. Come back to visit the City Blueprint website often, to find and share information. Be sure to subscribe to the email list to receive updates.