Adoption By City Council

The FBC was unanimously approved by the City Council on Second Reading on Tuesday, June 21. Below are the FBC Maps adopted by City Council, effective date July 5, 2016…

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Adoption By City Council

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The Form-Based Code was unanimously approved by the City Council on Second Reading on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The Code will become effective July 5, 2016. The adopted version of the Form-Based Code can be found HERE. The summary table of requested map changes that have been through the Planning Commission can be found HERE. The… Read more →

Second Reading, June 21

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The Second Reading by the City Council will be Tuesday, June 21 at 6:00pm in the City Council Building, 1000 Lindsay Street. The FBC will become effective two weeks after that. The revised draft, including all of the changes made by the City Council on June 14, is available HERE. DEFERRED PROPERTIES For the seven properties that were initially deferred,… Read more →

Second Reading, June 21, and Revised Draft


The City Council unanimously (8-0) adopted the Form-Based Code on First Reading on Tuesday, June 14. The Second Reading by the City Council will be Tuesday, June 21. The meeting will start at 6:00 pm and will be held at the City Council Building, 1000 Lindsay Street. This meeting is open to the public. The… Read more →

Council Hearing, June 14th

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The Chattanooga City Council will be deliberating on the Form-Based Code this coming Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00pm, at the City Council Building, 1000 Lindsay Street. This meeting is open to the public. A revised version of the draft code is now available HERE. A few changes were made since the May 9 Draft based… Read more →

Schedule Update

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The Regional Planning Agency is announcing the following public meetings related to the Form-Based Code: City Council-Staff Work Session on the Draft Code – Tuesday, May 24th after agenda review at 3pm (City Council Chambers, 1000 Lindsay St) This is a work session with City Council to provide an overview of the Form-Based Code draft and… Read more →

Planning Commission Action

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The Planning Commission will take action on the draft Form-Based Code during their next regular monthly meeting on: Monday, May 9, 2016 1:00pm Hamilton County Courthouse, 625 Georgia Avenue. Below are links to the documents that will be considered. Planning Commission RESOLUTION Downtown Chattanooga Form-Based Code – APRIL 21 DRAFT Staff Recommended Form-Based Code TEXT… Read more →

Updated Draft Released

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The Planning Commission Draft of the Form-Based Code and Zoning Maps have been released ahead of the Special Planning Commission Meeting on April 21. The Planning Commission will not be voting at this meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to provide another opportunity for the public to make comments and ask questions about the Form-Based Code.… Read more →

Draft Code Released

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The Form-Based Code Draft Document was posted on February 16th. Please review the DRAFT Document. It includes LOTS of detail, but don’t be overwhelmed. Our Open House events are designed to help you navigate through this new code. Further updates will be made based on comments from residents, commercial property/business owners, industrial businesses, developers and… Read more →

Open House Events

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The Open House events welcome the public to learn and give feedback about the first draft of Form-Based Code (FBC). The FBC is a new zoning tool for the downtown, M.L. King, Southside and Northshore areas. This new type of zoning is designed to promote vibrant, quality, mixed use development that supports neighborhood character and… Read more →



APRIL 2016: We have received the same three basic questions from a number of people, so we have written the following general responses. Question 1: What do the letters and numbers in the new Form-Based Code designations mean? Short Answer 1: All properties within the Form-Based Code boundary are designated with a consistent naming convention,… Read more →



The first full draft of the Form-Based Code has been reviewed by City Staff and is now being revised by the consultants. We expect to distribute this revised draft to the community by the middle of February. An Open House has been set up at the Development Resource Center and Brown-Bag Lunch Presentations discussing the code… Read more →

Character Maps – 12/2015


Thank you for taking the time to meet with Regional Planning Agency staff to discuss the revised Form-Based Code district and height recommendations, and to share your feedback. In response, the Character Area Maps and Character Area Descriptions have been updated and posted for public review. During the first part of January, staff will follow up on the written responses… Read more →

Character Maps – 6/2015

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Revised Character Area Maps and Character Area Descriptions are available for review! The maps have been updated based on input from residents, commercial property/business owners, industrial businesses, developers and designers. The project will be discussed at next Tuesday’s City Council meeting, June 9 at 4:30 pm in the Assembly Room at the City Council Building. The progress update will provide Council… Read more →

Charrette Report Released

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The Charrette Summary Report was released on May 8. The report was available for comment until May 29. Further updates will be made based on comments from residents, commercial property/business owners, industrial businesses, developers and designers. Check back here to view those updates, as well as other news and information, as the project progresses. You can view revised… Read more →

Work-in Progress Presentation


On Thursday over 80 people gathered at the Bessie Smith Hall to view the Work-in Progress presentation and discuss the results of the charrette. The presentation recapped the public input process, showed drawings of possible future scenarios and outlined next steps. After the presentation, attendees could view character area maps, study drawings and talk with the team.… Read more →

Open Design Studio


Monday through Wednesday during the charrette, the design studio at the  Bessie Smith Center was open for visitors to drop in and check out the work as it happened. More than 50 people stopped by throughout the week, including a group of students from Youth Leadership Chattanooga. Visitors were able to chat with designers, catch up on details… Read more →

Lunch & Learn


During the charrette week three Lunch & Learn events were held at the Bessie Smith Center and a total of about 120 people brought their lunches to learn more about issues affecting Chattanooga. Each event started with a presentation by the team member with expertise on the subject and ended with a question and answer session. Monday’s… Read more →

Drop-in Open House


Tuesday night over 60 people stopped by the Bessie Smith Center to review and comment on the team’s drawings and ideas. Attendees viewed analysis and hands-on maps and spoke with designers about their neighborhood. Participants also had questions answered by the project’s transportation and preservation experts. Photos from the event can be seen here.

Neighborhood Meetings


Over 100 people came to one of 5 neighborhood meetings held Sunday afternoon at the Bessie Smith Center. The meetings provided an opportunity for residents to discuss specific issues related to their neighborhoods with the team and provide additional input. Attendees were also able to view the team’s early brainstorming drawings and ideas. Click here to view… Read more →