published Monday, October 17th, 2011

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger wants more details from Chattanooga's urban growth plan

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    In this file photo Jim Coppinger speaks to reporters after taking the oath of office to become Hamilton County Mayor on Jan. 11, 2011.
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Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger responded this morning to Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield’s request to revisit urban growth plan boundaries by asking for a more specific amendment proposal.

Littlefield hand-delivered his letter to Coppinger last week seeking review of boundaries set in 2001. Coppinger responded this morning with his letter.

“I fail to see any specific amendment(s) that you are proposing,” Coppinger wrote.

He said the county would be willing to act as soon as it sees a more detailed proposal.

The Urban Growth Plan was meticulously negotiated among the city, county and municipalities and adopted in 2001. The plan sets up where and how far municipalities across the county can annex.

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Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...

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Salsa said...

Littlefield isn't about to get into specifics. He doesn't want anyone to know what he's really planning until the last moment.

October 17, 2011 at 11:01 a.m.

Well, Mayor Coppinger, good luck with that.

October 17, 2011 at 12:31 p.m.
littlebrains said...

plan? city of chattanooga with a plan??? if the city of chattanooga was a business it would have had to close down a long time ago.. just go out of business-- like your school system, your with with the police dept, city court, treasurers office, etc etc just go out of business and the county will absorb you good riddance of a lot of doofuses!!

October 17, 2011 at 1:03 p.m.
Salsa said...

Saying NO to Littlefield is the best plan anyone could have.

October 17, 2011 at 5:23 p.m.
headcoconut said...

The city of Chattanooga has supported the county long enough. I'm glad Mayor Littlefield is in charge. My county property taxes have always been more than my city property taxes. Then the county raised property taxes again long before the city raised theirs. Yet, even with a hike in city taxes, I still pay over a hundred dollars less in city property taxes than county property taxes.

October 17, 2011 at 6:10 p.m.
sangaree said...

If the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County divorce does that mean city residents will no longer have to pay county taxes? WhoopEE!!

October 17, 2011 at 8:20 p.m.
fedup350 said...

The City of Chattanooga talking care of the County?? Are you kidding me? The City is in a shambles. The school system is the worst in the state. Littlefield is doing his best to get rid of the police dept. Violence is rampant on the city streets. The City Council people live in a dream world with no concept of running a city. It would be a nightmare for Littlefield and the Chattanooga city council to have any say over the county residents. I would probably move to Bradley County if that ever happens. Sure they are some tourists who come to Chattanooga but they are only naive enough to do it once. Soon we will be like Memphis with a crime rate so high people will avoid us at all costs and the people that are responsible for that want to run the County too?? I bet headcoconut is littlebrains himself. There are only about 20 people in the whole city that support him and half of those are the city council. The other half are on his payroll.

October 18, 2011 at 11:10 a.m.
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