Bridge Plan


Development Services - Planning

The City’s Development Services Department is engaged in a review and assessment of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan, also known as the Bridge Plan. Originally adopted by the City Commission in the mid-2000s, the plan was intended to serve as a 15-year guide for the City of Johnson City and its surrounding areas. The review will result in an update of the document to provide guidance to decision-makers and leaders for an additional five-year period.

“The 2020 Comprehensive Plan is a well-written document and most aspects of it are still highly relevant today,” said Senior Planner Matt Manley. “With 2020 being a Census year, the planning division has proposed the Bridge Plan to serve as a transition document until that data can be made available and utilized as the baseline for a new, full-scale comprehensive plan.”

The review is being conducted by planning division staff as well as more than a dozen partner organizations.

“This process will result in some new language that will freshen up the document and make sure current issues and viewpoints are represented,” said Manley. “The primary focus for revisions will be at the action or task level with minor revisions to the policy level. The goals and objectives of the recommendations included in the original comprehensive plan will remain in place.”

For additional information or to submit written or verbal comments about the Bridge Plan, contact our Planning Department at  or 423-434-6071.


Written or verbal comments about the Bridge Plan will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 9. Submitted comments will be included in upcoming presentations. Comments can be submitted to or 423-434-6071.

The first meeting was held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.  
Below are links to the Bridge Plan Presentation that was presented along with the link to the live streamed video of this presentation.

Other opportunities for the public to engage in this process include:

Planning Commission Workshop
- November 10, 2020 @ 5pm – (Meeting to be held electronically) 

City Commission Workshop
- November 16, 2020 @ 6pm  -  (Meeting to be held electronically)
   (Part of the regular City Commission Agenda Review Meeting)

Planning Commission Public Hearing
- January 12, 2021 @ 6pm  - (Meeting to be held electronically)
- The Planning Commission will hear from the public at this meeting

- February 9, 2021 @ 6pm – (Meeting to be held electronically)
- The Planning Commission will consider re-adoption/plan extension and a recommendation to the City Commission for re-adoption

City Commission Public Hearing/Adoption
- May 20, 2021 @ 6pm - (Meeting to be held at the Municipal and Safety Building, 601 E. Main St.)
-The Board of Commissioners will hear from the public at this meeting and consider re-adoption/plan extension.

The recommendations sections of each element of the Comprehensive Plan have been reviewed and assessed by staff, the Bridge Plan Committee of the Planning Commission and partner agencies. Suggested edits to the recommendation sections appear below. Written or verbal comments about the Bridge Plan will be accepted through Monday, Nov. 9. Comments can be submitted by contacting or 423-434-6071.