published Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Jobs, growth push Chattanooga, Hamilton County planning in Summit community

Enterprise South Industrial Park
Enterprise South Industrial Park


What: Summit land-use planning meeting

Where: Ooltewah Elementary School at 9232 Lee Highway

When: Monday from 7 to 8 p.m.

With more than 5,000 jobs created over the last three years at Volkswagen, Amazon and other Enterprise South-area businesses, city and county planners are looking to guide growth in the nearby community of Summit.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency is making a land-use plan for the area between Interstate 75 near Enterprise South and Old Lee Highway -- an area the city has annexed.

John Bridger, executive director of the planning agency, said officials met about a month ago with residents of the area to discuss needs and wants associated with the completion of the I-75/Apison Pike interchange connector road and proposed widening of Apison Pike.

He said a second meeting is set for Monday evening with residents and the broader community.

"What we want to do is take a more detailed look at that area and say what are the appropriate development patterns, what area should be commercial, and where should we try to maintain our existing residential neighborhoods," Bridger said.

He said the area serves as a gateway not only to Chattanooga but also to Collegedale.

Richard Beeland, spokesman for Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield, said in a prepared statement that planners will present Monday's meeting participants with some options developed with ideas from the first planning meeting with residents.

The meeting will begin with a short presentation followed by an opportunity for comments, he said.

An additional meeting is being planned in December to share the draft land use recommendation. The Chattanooga City Council will use the plan's recommendations and comments to guide future zoning, Beeland said.

about Pam Sohn...

Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...

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