Chattanooga committee focused on steep slope development to hold final meeting

Staff photo by Tim Barber/ Construction of this home on Big Ridge is on a steep lot on Capanna Trail in Hixson.

Amid a winter of heavy rains, the city of Chattanooga is preparing to introduce new regulations involving development on steep slopes and floodplains that will affect developers as well as citizens whose property could be impacted by new developments.

A Chattanooga City Council subcommittee dealing with development on steep slopes and floodplains met Feb. 11, but members are still in the process of fact gathering and considering recommendations provided by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency and by the Chattanooga Builders Association, according to District 4 City Councilman Darrin Ledford. He heads up the subcommittee that also includes District 1 Councilman Chip Henderson and District 6 Councilwoman Carol Berz.

"We've unearthed standards and processes we could do better on," Ledford said of the subcommittee's progress so far. "I think this has been a really healthy conversation for us."

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