In March 2010, the State of Tennessee began participating in the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Policy Academy on Shaping a New Approach to Transportation and Land Use Planning. As a result of this program, Tennessee’s project management team, which consisted of TDOT, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), developed objectives that would be best accomplished by exploring and advancing the concept of Corridor Management Agreements (CMA). CMAs would better coordinate transportation and land use decisions along the state’s highway corridors.
Two pilot projects were selected – SR 60 in Bradley County (Region 2) and SR 109 in Sumner and Wilson Counties (Region 3). A series of workshops were established in which stakeholders developed and prioritized goals, strategies and actions that were considered the most critical to future development along both of the strategic corridors.
The Office of Community Transportation provides support for the committees and the committee meetings. Upon successful implementation of the two pilot projects, TDOT hopes to collaborate with other agencies to replicate corridor management agreements throughout the state.