$50 million Ooltewah housing project approved over neighbors' worries

Staff File Photo by Matt Hamilton / Finished homes sit next to residences under construction on Highborne Lane in Ooltewah. Some people in the Ooltewah area worry about over-development.

A proposed $50 million single-family home development in a rural area off Ooltewah-Georgetown Road won approval from a planning panel on Monday despite concerns from neighbors.

A proposal by Jooma Development for 184 single-family homes in a planned unit development at 10444 Ooltewah-Georgetown Road was endorsed even though about a dozen nearby residents showed up to express worries about building in the rural area.

Dean Moorhouse, who spoke for many at the meeting who have doubts about the proposal, told the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission the development will result in small lot sizes and high density in a rural area.

"It's as rural as you could possibly get," he said. "It's the last green space in eastern Hamilton County."

Moorhouse said there are concerns about emergency services and traffic.

A woman who said her family has long lived in the area said she's not opposed to change but the 184 homes are too much in the farming community.