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Chattanooga city planners don't back massive Hixson development project

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Gregory Vickrey, executive director of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, stands on the bank of the creek as it runs by Boy Scout Road near state Highway 153. / Tim Barber. CTFP. Gregory Vickrey, executive director of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, stands on the bank of the creek as it runs by Boy Scout Road near state Highway 153. / Tim Barber. CTFP.
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(Times Free Press) - City planners recommend blocking a development that would level a Hixson hillside to create commercial space twice the size of Northgate Mall just miles down the road.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency cited extreme traffic and environmental problems as reasons to oppose the project, according to a report released Monday.

Developers want to put the 190-acre development near Highways 153 and U.S. 27, which both are projected to reach or exceed traffic capacity within the next three years. There are no scheduled improvements to the roads until 2025.

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