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Renewing Our Vision

In 2016, the RPA updated the countywide Comprehensive Plan called Renewing Our Vision. Its purpose is to provide guidance for responsible and proactive development decisions. The plan focuses on physical development at a broad, countywide level. The plan’s recommendations and development policy are based on the unique context of the area, previous planning efforts, professional planning principles, current and projected socioeconomic data, public input, and an analysis of transportation infrastructure and natural resources.

The plan’s development policy establishes the appropriate level of development intensity across the county as well as providing criteria for siting regionally-significant developments. The recommendations are intended to achieve six overarching goals: to protect and create communities that are complete, connected, healthy, safe, unique and attractive, and economically vibrant.

Graphic of Comprehensive Plan's six recommended goals: Complete, Connected, Healthy, Safe, Unique & Attractive, and Economically Vibrant
Comprehensive Plan’s six recommended goals

As a policy guide for all of Hamilton County, the goals and recommendations in this plan establish the policy foundation for future decision-making and planning work.


CHCRPA Comprehensive Plan 2030: Renewing Our Vision - Cover 2016
Comprehensive Plan 2030: Renewing Our Vision (Amended 2021)
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Previous Plans

Planning has a long history in Hamilton County. The planning team reviewed the plans of the past 15 years to understand the key principles and the goals that still have to be achieved.

Look into the past to see how far we’ve come!

What does 40+ plans look like? Check here to see.

View the previous Comprehensive Plan here.

The information gathered for the Growing Forward plans will be utilized by the City of Chattanooga for updating the Consolidated Plan. You can read the previous plan here.