GROWTH PLANThe city, county and other municipalities in Hamilton County adopted a Comprehensive Growth Plan in 2001 to comply with state law. That law allows the plan to be amended at the request of any municipal mayor or the county mayor, but the individual must give notice and has the "burden of proving the reasonableness and necessity of the proposed amendment." Then, within 60 days, a committee must be established to consider the proposed amendment and make a recommendation to the county commission and municipal governing bodies.
Hamilton County leaders plan to respond this week to a request by Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield to revisit the city's urban growth boundaries.
"We will be responding to his letter on Monday," County Mayor Jim Coppinger said, declining to discuss the matter further until he delivers the county's letter to Littlefield.