Hamilton County Commission kills plan for 184 homes in Ooltewah

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Finished homes sit next to homes under construction on Highborne Lane in Ooltewah on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Republicans on the Hamilton County Commission on Wednesday shot down a $50 million proposal to build 184 houses in Ooltewah.

The 6-3 vote along party lines came a month after the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission approved Jooma Development's plan despite concerns from about a dozen neighbors near the project site, 10444 Ooltewah-Georgetown Road.

Democrats David Sharpe, Katherlyn Geter and Warren Mackey, all of whom represent portions of Chattanooga, voted to approve the plan.

According to Commissioner Greg Martin, R-Hixson, the developer said he could build the project with 10 fewer houses - and without the special zoning approval he had been seeking.

"So let's let him do what he can do and said he would do," Martin said.

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Mike Price of MAP Engineers, representing the developer, has said that Jooma Development could put up 174 homes on the 92 acres of land under the existing agricultural zoning.