Chattanooga City Council moves to bar rental apartments at former golf course

The Chattanooga City Council holds a voting session Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn., where Chief David Roddy was confirmed as the city's new police chief.

Faced with a roomful of upset homeowners Tuesday night, Chattanooga City Council members voted to make sure a developer won't be able to include rental apartments in his plans for around 36 acres on Reads Lake Road.

Council members voted 7-2, with two abstentions, to seek specific conditions that stop Pratt Developers from turning the former clubhouse at the Quarry golf course into rental apartments.

Pratt has proposed a mix of single-family detached homes and townhomes for most of the property, which is zoned for residential use. But a years-old zoning glitch left the clubhouse property zoned C-2 commercial, which would have allowed its redevelopment into apartments.

Neighbors in the north Mountain Creek Road area had opposed the plan since it first came up before the Chattanooga Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency, when Pratt withdrew it.