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'People first' planning could transform traditional zoning in Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) - Imagine a city where residents can walk to coffeeshops and bike to a nearby grocery store, where each neighborhood is built specifically to the make-up of that community.

Where the question is no longer, what can we put here that fits the zoning? Instead, it's, what kind of place or community do we want to create in this area?

City planners have been asking that question at public libraries, malls, parks and recreation centers and other places where people gather who probably don't think that often about zoning.

Staff from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency asked a lot of ordinary folks, "What do you want to grow?" Meaning where, and how, do they think their community should develop.

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