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Plans and Studies


The Comprehensive Plan is a long range plan used as a tool by the Town to guide physical growth and development, and to meet at least social, economic and environmental goals. The Greeneville Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2009 is framed on existing conditions at the time of the plan making process, and community vision, values and development policies and objectives.

Why the Comprehensive Plan?

If we had to make a decision about what we want to do a day from now, we may leave that to chance in the rolling hours. However, when such a decision involves the life of our entire community across generations, we cannot just leave that to chance. We must think carefully and plan strategically to get the best in our live time and to give the best community to our future family members, visitors, friends, etc. For us to have the best of our community, we need to think deeply, plan, adopt important policies and goals, and take significantly actions to shape and define our future.

As the Tennessee Planning Enabling Act iterates, the purpose of the comprehensive plan is to guide and accomplish "a coordinated, adjusted, efficient and economic development of the region which will, in accordance with present and future needs and resources, best promote the health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity and welfare of the inhabitants, as well as efficiency and economy in the process of development, including, among other things, such distribution of population and of the uses of the land for urbanization, trade, industry, habitation, recreation, agriculture, forestry and other uses as will tend to create conditions favorable to transportation, health, safety, civic activities and educational and cultural opportunities, reduce the wastes of financial and human resources which result from either excessive congestion or excessive scattering of population, and tend toward an efficient and economic utilization, conservation and production of the supply of food, water, minerals, drainage, sanitary and other facilities and resources, and identify areas where there are inadequate or nonexistent publicly or privately owned and maintained services and facilities when the planning commission has determined that the services are necessary in order for development to occur"(T.C.A. 13-3-302).

How will You Like Greeneville to Be in 20 Years?

From May 2015 into the summer of 2017, Greeneville leaders are engaging citizens in a conversation about the City’s future. Residents, businesses, stakeholders, community groups, students, youth, and the public in general are invited to participate in important conversations about land use, transportation, utilities such as water and sewer, parks and recreation, open space, commercial and industrial development, education, workforce training, jobs growth, and other vital services. So, put on your thinking caps and start imagining the Greeneville you will like to joyfully see and/or be in from 2017 to 2037.

Public involvement is vital to plan and to achieve these elements in a better Greeneville. We hope that you will fully join the conversation by being part of the plans making process: sharing your voice, attending meetings and workshops, responding to questionnaires, and learning more through educational or information opportunities.
The Town has recently revised its Comprehensive Plan. The document can be found here.