New retail and commercial space proposed on Shallowford Road was OK'ed by planners on Monday with a developer slated to put up a $3 million to $4 million project.
Developer Bill Sanders said that about 10,000 square feet of restaurant and small shop space will go on a parcel along Shallowford Road near Hickory Valley Road. Also, about 40,000 square feet of offices are go on the 5-acre vacant tract, he said.
Sanders, of Trotters Place Inc., sought a zoning change from R-4 Special Zone to C-5 Neighborhood Commercial Zone from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission.
But, the planning staff had recommended that parking be on the side or the rear of buildings on Shallowford Road as a condition of approval.
Sanders said the project will be "a garden development" with efforts to keep as many trees as possible.
"Putting buildings on the street destroys the idea," he said. "You need to have parking in front."
Sanders said that at an earlier community meeting that most people favored having parking in front of the buildings.
The staff said that while introduction of the C-5 Neighborhood Commercial Zone deviates from recommended zoning in the area plan, it's intended to have little negative impact on the surrounding area. The staff report said that at the same time it offers retail and other services to area residents.
The staff called for parking in the rear and side of the buildings on Shallowford to help ensure compatibility with adjacent single-family residential uses.
However, the Planning Commission approved the rezoning and struck down the staff parking suggestion.
The project still must receive approval from the city council on Nov. 13.
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