North Chattanooga project draws over-building concerns

New homes are planned for a Knickerbocker Avenue parcel which the developer is seeking to rezone from R-1 to R-T/Z.

A developer is seeking new zoning for a North Chattanooga tract to raise townhomes and single-family houses in a project that's drawing more criticism of over-building in the area.

Plans are to put 42 units on the 11.5-acre site off Knickerbocker Avenue in a more than $20 million project when built out, said Chris Anderson, GreenTech Homes' director of development and government relations.

The developer is seeking a zoning change from R-1 residential to R-T/Z. Anderson said R-T/Z is a typical zone to transition from homes to townhouses.

Only single-family homes will go on Knickerbocker Avenue, he said. A mix of homes and town-homes will go behind it on Notting Hill, Anderson said.

But Garnet Chapin, who heads a neighborhood association near the parcel, said his group would fight the rezoning request when it goes before the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, slated for next Monday.