By Cari Gervin
Community News Writer
Developers are no longer welcome at the table after members of the Signal Mountain Planning Commission voted to not allow developer participation in the upcoming zoning review meeting.
The Town Council asked for the meeting to review and possibly revise the proposed changes associated with the Shackleford Ridge Overlay Zone. At this time, it is scheduled for June 20 at 6 p.m. in the Development Resource Center in downtown Chattanooga.
While the meeting is open to the public, Mayor Bill Leonard said at the planning commission meeting that no one would be allowed to comment at the work session except members of the council, the commission and representatives of various agencies involved with the changes.
When asked if the major landowners had been invited to participate in the work session, Commission Chair Dan Saieed said they had.
The few members of the public in attendance immediately voiced their opposition and were eventually seconded by other members of the commission.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate to have (the landowners’) input anymore,” said Commissioner Dick Dillender.
“They were involved in the early stages, which I thought was proper,” Mr. Saieed replied at one point. “I think to exclude them at this point is not fair.”
The other commissioners decided it would be fairer to exclude everyone not involved in the town government and voted to rescind Mr. Saieed’s invitation.
It was unclear how Town Council member Lizetta Paturalski and Mr. Leonard voted, according to Commission Secretary Lou Oliphant.
In other business:
After recommendations by Fred Brunker of the Regional Planning Agency, the planning commission approved the final plat of a new subdivision, Huckleberry Grove, off James Boulevard near Miles Road.
It also allowed a lot subdivision at the corner of James and Majestic Oaks Drive. The 2.97-acres could have up to a five-bedroom house built upon it.
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If You Go:
Developer and Town Council member Robert White will host a meeting at the Mountain Arts Community Center about the Planned Unit Development he is proposing on his property in Old Towne on Thursday, June 8, at 6 p.m.
Mark Your Calendar:
The Signal Mountain Town Council and Planning Commission will host a work session on Tuesday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at the Development Resource Center downtown. The DRC is located at 1250 Market Street. The public is welcome to attend the meeting but no comments will be allowed.