Three proposed new Chattanooga residential projects drew fire from neighbors Monday, with a pair receiving a planning panel's approval and a third withdrawn by the developer.
A plan for 31 single-family units off Cary Lane near Red Bank attracted the most opposition with about a dozen people turning out to fight the project.
H&H Development wanted to build the detached units on 10.1 acres, though there would be 3.3 acres set aside for community space, according to the proposal heard by the Chattanooga- Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission.
Mike Price and MAP Engineers said 16 duplexes could be put on the site, but the developer doesn't want to build those kinds of units.
"Traffic would be the same if it were duplexes," he said, adding there had been an earlier meeting with the community.
Still, neighbor Chris Sislo said that while development may be inevitable, the proposal for the Cary Lane tract was "significantly out of character" with the nearby neighborhood.
He said the project would hurt the value of homes in the area, which are on much larger lots. Adding another 31 units would worsen traffic and safety problems in the area, Sislo said.
Another neighbor, Mallory Cregg, said it appeared the developer would use low-quality materials on smaller lots.
"The proposed development is not in line with the existing neighborhood," she said.
Nancy Fletcher, a third neighbor, said she believed the development "is not environmentally friendly."
Price withdrew the proposal before the planning panel could vote.
Sislo said opponents were excited, but they hoped "there's something not up their sleeve."
Meanwhile, another developer, Vinod Javer, proposed building 21 single family dwellings on Will Kelley Road. The proposal called for the residences to go on 6.1 acres, with an entrance to the subdivision on Will Kelley.
Price, who also represented the developer in this case, said a neighborhood meeting showed concerns about traffic and stormwater runoff.
"The proposed use is in keeping with the area," he said.
But, Bob Kienel, who lives nearby, worried about where water would go if it rains.
Sometimes, he said, water already runs over a nearby road. Also, there's a private school nearby and he expressed concerns about traffic during construction.
Price said the development's stormwater plans wouldn't make drainage worse and could improve it.
"We'll meet the city requirements," he said.
The planning panel approved the project, which will go to the Chattanooga City Council for a final decision on Nov. 14.
In addition, planners heard a proposal to rezone nearly 50 acres off Dayton Boulevard to put in a new residential subdivision with 137 single-family units, and it eventually approved the project despite opposition.
Allen Jones, senior land planner for ASA Engineering and representing developer Greentech Homes, said that plans are to build the new residences at 5564 Dayton Blvd, about a quarter mile outside of Red Bank.
One 41.3-acre parcel would be zoned entirely R-1 residential. The other 7.46-acre tract is proposed R-T/Z residential, but Jones said the developer would agree to put in single-family detached homes.
He said the proposal is the fourth attempt to develop the tract over the years.
However, neighbor Steve Milling said that while the latest design is the best he has seen, "that doesn't mean I like it."
He estimated there would be a 56 percent increase in traffic on nearby Allen Road.
"People are already speeding on that road," Milling said.
Two other neighbors also complained about the project, citing worries about traffic, water runoff and density. That proposal also is to go before the Chattanooga City Council on Nov. 14.
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