Planning Commission Considers City Council Version

On September 14, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission will, once again, vote on the Historic River-to-Ridge Plan, which was recently approved by the City Council.

During their July 28 meeting, the Chattanooga City Council unanimously voted to adopt the staff version of the Historic River-to-Ridge Plan, with one additional amendment. However, because the City Council did not approve the same version recommended by the Planning Commission, Tennessee state law requires that the Area Plan be considered one more time by the Planning Commission. If the Planning Commission approves the City Council’s amended version, the Area Plan is then considered adopted. If the Planning Commission does not ratify the City Council’s amended version, the Area Plan must go back to the City Council for one final vote. If a majority of the City Council votes to approve the Area Plan, it is then officially adopted.

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission
September 14, 2020 at 1:00pm
Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 Georgia Avenue

This will be a public meeting, however due to the continuing need for social distancing, it will be an online meeting. For instructions on how to join this online meeting, follow this link to the RPA’s website:


The documents the Planning Commission will be voting on are found at the links below.

  1. Historic River-to-Ridge Area Plan (Staff version)

  2. Historic River-to-Ridge Area Plan (Planning Commission version)

  3. List of Proposed Modifications (Recommended by Staff)

  4. List of Proposed Modifications (Recommended by Planning Commission)

  5. City Council July 28 Amendment

  6. Place Types Map (Staff version)

  7. Place Types Map (Planning Commission version)

You can also find the Appendices for the Area Plan HERE.

If you have questions about the Historic River-to-Ridge Plan, please send them to thefollowing email address and include “Area 3” in the subject line:


Bailey Avenue Project to Begin – An Update from CDOT

In partnership with RPA’s Historic River-to-Ridge Plan, CDOT is excited to announce the upcoming construction of a project, which focuses on expanding transportation choices and including more sidewalks, bike lanes and transit service. This fall the long-awaited second-phase of the Martin Luther King Boulevard/Bailey Avenue repaving and restriping project will begin.  The Bailey Avenue project, which is 80% funded by a Federal grant, provides a continuation of the safer and more comfortable roadway reconfiguration successfully implemented along MLK Boulevard.

The project features substantial improvements for pedestrians, such as upgraded ramps at intersections, a much-needed pavement overlay, and re-striping to include three vehicle travel lanes and new bike lanes along the entire length to Dodds Avenue. Also known as road right-sizing, and sometimes referred to as a road diet, the conversion of four lanes (or more) to three is backed by significant analysis, traffic modeling, and public input. 

As was experienced on MLK and other streets across Chattanooga, as well as nationally, road right-sizing projects are shown to reduce crashes, reduce speeds, which inturn lowers the severity of crashes when they do occur, and makes our streets more comfortable and safer for everyone. On MLK, we’ve seen positive responses from business owners who have benefited from the increased usage by pedestrians. Residents who also enjoy the safer, calmer street say the street feels quieter and more comfortable. 

For more detailed information and to sign up to receive project updates, visit Included in our connect page is a detailed report outlining the public input and analysis that we used in planning for the project. 

If you have questions about the Historic River-to-Ridge Plan, please send them to the following email address and include “Area 3” in the subject line.

After Plan Adoption

Once the Historic River-to-Ridge Area Plan is adopted, it becomes a policy document that serves as a guide for decision-making.

  • The RPA, Planning Commission and City Council may use Area Plans to inform monthly zoning requests.
  • City departments, and other agencies such as CARTA, may use Area Plans to prioritize capital budget improvements for roads, sidewalks, bike lanes, transit routes, parks, greenways, etc.
  • Private investors may refer to the Plan when considering the best location for future
    development projects.
  • The Community may also use the Area Plan to help ensure that new development
    proposals align with the community vision.
  • Adopted plans are often helpful when applying for grants for new community projects or programs.

It’s important for individuals and neighborhood associations to stay involved even after the Area Plan is adopted to ensure its implementation.

For previous Historic River-to-Ridge Area Plan information click HERE.