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Planning Commission recommends controversial Hixson development project

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WRCB) -- A controversial development in Hixson is a step closer to becoming reality.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission voted to recommend the plans for a large, mix-use development in Hixson.

The planning commission was split on recommending the plans for 'Chattanooga Village.'

"This is a text book example, I think, of how not to reconcile differences between public and private interests," says commission member Jack Benson to developer Duane Horton.

"I frankly don't see where deferring it 30 days or 60 days, at this stage of development, is really going to accomplish everything," says Mayor Ron Littlefield.

"You're going to make a great big mistake if you don't defer this until everybody's had time to look at this," says Hixson resident Jerry Jones.

Despite protest from residents, the commission recommended the plans for the $100 million, 190-acre, mixed-use development, to be built off Highway 153 near Boy Scout Road.

"What's going through my mind is that a deferral was not a good idea, because it wouldn't resolve anything? I totally disagree with that," says Hixson resident Evelyn Grable.

Many residents say even though there have been meetings with the developer, the company has made too many last minute changes without telling the public.

"We've continued to modify the plan and improve the plan, based on community input. We look for more community input. If there's ways to make the plans even better, we want to be able to do that as well. We really want to be able to give the community everything we can possibly give them and make the project work at the same time," says Duane Horton with Scenic Land Company.

"I think it was late yesterday, the developer tells us he wants to have a community meeting with us, within 48 hours during the holiday season? I guess we just got grinched," said Rita Fehring.

The developer still has several hurdles to jump.

The plans still have to go before city council on January 8.

In the meantime, Scenic Land Company is holding another meeting Tuesday night at 6:30 at the Hixson Community Center to go over the plans with the public.

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