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.”
Public input is a desired and integral part of the process. A schedule of public meetings, workshops and hearings have been put in place. The first meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.
Members of the public who wish to participate remotely may call 646-558-8656.
When prompted, they should enter the Meeting ID (839 1434 2641) and Passcode (640241).
The meeting can be watched via live stream on the City website, www.johnsoncitytn.org/streaming, under “other public meetings.”
Other opportunities for the public to engage in this process include:
Planning Commission Workshop
- November 10, 2020 – Municipal & Safety Building (City Hall) Administrative Conference Room
City Commission Workshop
- November 16, 2020 - Municipal & Safety Building (City Hall) Administrative Conference Room
- Part of the regular City Commission Agenda Review Meeting
Planning Commission Public Hearing
- December 8, 2020 - Municipal & Safety Building (City Hall) Administrative Conference Room
- The Planning Commission will hear from the public at this meeting
- The Planning Commission will consider re-adoption/plan extension and a recommendation to the City Commission for re-adoption
City Commission Public Hearing
- December 17, 2020 - Municipal & Safety Building (City Hall) Administrative Conference Room
- The City Commission will hear from the public at this meeting
- The City Commission will consider re-adoption/plan extension on 1st Reading
The Links below are to the unedited Recommendations sections of each Element of the Comprehensive Plan. Draft versions that have been reviewed and assessed by staff, the Bridge Plan Committee of the Planning Commission and partner agencies will be made available on October 12, 2020 for review by the public. These drafts are in the works and not complete at this time. However, they will be made available as soon as possible and prior to the public input sessions.