Growing Forward: Chattanooga eyes new planning strategy
Eight months ago, Chattanooga City Council members rejected an out-of-town developer's plan to build a 260-apartment complex in East Brainerd after neighbors complained it would add to Gunbarrel Road's congestion.
That wasn't the last time Chattanooga officials halted development projects because of infrastructure concerns and clashes in community priorities.
Officials say there is a disconnect among the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency's 25-year comprehensive plan for the region and what neighborhoods, public officials and planners have envisioned. There also have been major land development and growth since the plan was adopted in 2005.
In response, planning officials are asking the City Council today to approve the beginning stages of a two-year study to solve how to combine transportation and zoning with land-use plans to promote regional growth.
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