Chattanooga planners endorse zoning change for East Brainerd housing projects

Staff file photo / Rock Point Homes owner Gabe Thomas speaks with the Times Free Press at the company's Baldwin Park housing development in 2021 in Hixson. Thomas' RP Homes won approval for residential townhouse zoning in East Brainerd.

Chattanooga planners Monday endorsed zoning changes to allow more multifamily and townhouse development on a pair of largely vacant lots near commercial properties in East Brainerd.

RP Homes won approval for a residential townhouse zoning to allow the Chattanooga development company to build 88 two- and three-bedroom townhomes behind the Walmart Neighborhood Market in the 8100 block of East Brainerd Road. Developers said the proposed townhouse project on nearly 11.9 acres along East Brainerd Road and Kinsey Drive could be under construction by early 2023, if the Chattanooga City Council approves the recommendation for a townhouse development district from the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission.

Mike Price, an engineering consultant for the project, said the proposed development was scaled back from an original 143-unit design to 88 units. But the development will still cost more than $25 million to design and build in the growing East Brained area.