Sohn: Chattanooga City Council must limit building on steep slopes

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Homes are being built along the steep slopes along Chattanooga's Tremont Street on Friday.

In government, at least, things move slowly in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In November of 2018 - about a year and a half ago - we found ourselves writing about Chattanooga developers having fits about a proposal to limit or at least better regulate building on our city's steep slopes and ridges. We quoted a Times Free Press story in which a spokesman for builders decried to Chattanooga City Council members that a proposed slope zoning rule "could possibly result in a de facto moratorium on development in the Chattanooga area." The proposal would allow grading or clearing on no more than 20% of any property where the slope is 33 degrees or greater.

Here we are in the spring of 2021 and the council has finally put a version of that proposal in ordinance form on the March 30 agenda.