CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Ootlewah residents packed a 'standing room only' council chamber Tuesday evening, in hopes to put a stop to a 250-home apartment complex off Hunter Road.

Hamilton County officials have turned down the idea three times since 2003, but in February the 13 acre lot became Chattanooga City property when the owner asked Mayor Ron Littlefield to annex it into the city.

The opposition, collectively known as "The voice for Ootlewah," had its say regarding the issues with the development.

Spokesperson Sam Wilson said, "The biggest concern is safety. Hunter Road does not need anymore cars on it."

And that's the number one gripe; the winding road.

Group members say it's too dangerous for traffic, and it's an area known to attract speedy drivers.

The landowner says he's sat with engineers and has a solution; smooth out the rough spots in the road.

Tim Ballard said, "The plan we presented with engineers was to lower the vertical hump in the road not for the safety of the development, but for the safety for the road that's already there."

As the night rolled on, land developers faced rounds of questions.

Not one council member was ready to vote after the two hour ordeal.  

Wilson says he respects the council's decision to delay the process another 30 days.

His hope is to maybe hit a middle ground with the developer.

"We willing to listen to whomever," Wilson said. "I would like to see how things will develop."

Tim Ballard said, "We were given the charge for the engineers to get together and come up with a mutually agreeable plan."



It's the moment of truth for a group of Ooltewah residents, fighting a


The group is called "The Voice for Ooltewah", and they're against an apartment complex on Hunter Road.

They hoped to have two thousand signatures on a petition tonight, to present to City Council members.

The developer had his land annexed when the county turned down his plan to build the apartments.

Tonight, the city will decide of they're going to re-zone the land.

Eyewitness News will have a crew at the City Council meeting tonight, we will have the latest on as it becomes available.