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EAST BRAINERD AREA SURVEY SERIES
During the first round of public input for the Area 11 Plan, the community identified traffic congestion, flooding, new development, commercial encroachment on neighborhoods, creeks, and tree canopy as critical issues. This 4-part Survey Series focuses on those issues. Your responses to this survey series will be used to develop policies and recommendations that will serve as a guide for future development in the East Brainerd area.
Click on the buttons below to take the four surveys.
Because some of these topics can be complex, we encourage you to read the accompanying background information before taking each survey. See the buttons below.
You can also find more detailed information on these topics in the Area 11 Existing Conditions Report HERE.
TAKE THE SURVEY HERE!
NOTE: These Surveys focus only on the portion of East Brainerd within the City of Chattanooga.
For those who do not have access to the internet, paper copies of the Surveys and Background Information will be available at the Hamilton Branch YMCA and at Jack Benson Heritage Park. You can also drop off completed surveys at those same locations.
Surveys close on September 30.
Everyone who lives or has a business in Area 11, and completes all four surveys, will be entered to win one of four $25 Amazon gifts cards.
KICK-OFF SURVEY RESULTS
The Area 11 Kick-off Survey closed March 1 with 272 responses. A summary of the Survey results can be found at the button below.
Starting in late September, the RPA will be posting some videos focusing on various topics that East Brainerd residents said were important to them. (We would have preferred in-person meetings, but until COVID protocols are relaxed, we’ll be doing everything online.) Each of these videos will only be 5-7 minutes long and each will be accompanied by a short Opinion Poll. We’ll send out email notices as each new video is released.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
As we receive new questions throughout the Area 11 process, we will continue to add to this FAQ, so please check back occasionally.
What places do you love? What places aren’t working so well? Where do you see opportunities for a place to be better used? Use the button below to place pins on specific locations in East Brainerd. You can “pin” multiple locations.
Are you looking for a map showing all commercial or housing development, parks, transit routes, or flood zones? Zoom in and out, and toggle on and off layers, to learn more about the Area 11 community.
EXISTING CONDITIONS REPORT
The Area 11 Existing Conditions Report contains helpful information about demographic and development trends, transportation, floodplains, parks and greenways in the East Brainerd area.
Click on the links below for highlights from the Report.
Population and Housing
Area 11 has 21,400 residents.
The population grew by 1.62% from 2010 to 2017.
If this growth rate continues, in ten years there would be roughly 4,000 new residents in Area 11.
The two highest growth rates, during that time, were young people between 25 and 29 (87%) and seniors between 70 and 74 (71%).
From 2010 to 2017, Area 11’s median household income dropped from $63,073 to $61 521.
As these demographics shift, a growing number of households are making less than the 2010 median Area 11 income of $63,073.
In 2017 40% of residents made less than $1,250 per month while the average rental in Area 11 is $1,060.
Roughly 2/3rds of the existing homes are single-family houses with three or more bedrooms.
Single householders living alone account for 30% of all residents in Area 11.
From 2010 to 2017, 70% of new housing construction in Area 11 was single-family homes.
Demographic shifts toward more seniors and younger people point to a potential need for a greater diversity of housing choices in Area 11.
Commercial Trends and the Built Environment
Existing Conditions Report Chapter 4
Commercial Development in Area 11 is where there is a concentration of destinations; employment, shopping, goods and services. There are various commercial development patterns from more walkable, small scale, mixed use to more drivable, retail dominant destinations. Recent trends in commercial development are likely to have significant impacts on Area 11.
The Built Environment is a term used to describe all the buildings in a community, as well as the infrastructure – streets, sewers, schools - that supports them. It is both influenced by, and has an influence on, market trends, shopping patterns, transportation, and public health.
The C-2 zone covers most of the commercial corridors in Area 11. While the C-2 zone has a wide range of commercial uses, it has very limited standards for landscaping, signage, building form, and pedestrian amenities that promote quality development.
While a majority of the Area 11 Kickoff Survey respondents said they preferred walkable retail destinations, the current zoning – which regulates how things are built – promotes drive-and-park retail development patterns.
Retail, accommodations and food service, and health care comprise 76% of all jobs in Area 11.
The bricks-and-mortar retail industry has not been performing well due to the rapid growth of online shopping, which has been accelerated by Covid-19.
According to a recent Chamber of Commerce study on the economic impacts of covid-19, there is a trend towards smaller footprint buildings and more telecommuting.
According to a Chamber of Commerce survey, 60% of Chattanooga businesses say they will continue to provide telecommuting as an option for employees after the pandemic, and 11% say they plan on decreasing the square footage of their business.
Commercial development in Area 11 tend to be characterized by
Uses limited to retail, restaurants, services, but no mix of housing;
Typically chains, and "big box stores";
One main street with limited connections to surrounding neighborhoods;
Limited sidewalks, often with no connection to the street, or between buildings and outparcels within larger sites;
Large, single-tenant parking lots in front of the buildings;
Limited outdoor public gathering spaces, such as greens, squares, and plazas.