Chattanooga planning staff recommends OK to 225 new housing units – Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga planners are recommending approval of a proposed residential development involving 225 housing units on the Quarry property off Reads Lake Road.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency staff is calling for the OK of a planned unit development (PUD) sought by Pratt Land & Development LLC.

The local developer is submitting a revised plan after an earlier one drew an outcry from some neighbors and criticism from the Chattanooga City Council. The developer later brought a lawsuit against the City Council.

The new plan calls for a mixed-use development on a 50.2-acre tract at the former golf course, according to the proposal that is to go before the Regional Planning Commission for its consideration on Monday

The plan also includes 21.3 acres of open space.

The proposal would have a residential density of 4.46 dwelling units per acre, according to the planning agency. It said that the nearby Mountain Creek Trails PUD has 5 dwelling units per acre while the Spring Lake subdivision has 2.6 units per acre. The Links for Reads Lake apartments has 10 dwelling units per acre, the agency said.

Pratt Land & Development could not be immediately reached for comment.

Tim Laramore, executive director of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, said that group supports the new plan. He said the Quarry property is adjacent to Waldens Ridge Park, a 200-acre site where plans are to put in mountain biking and hiking trails, bouldering and areas for picnicking.

The developer’s new proposal also leaves several acres behind the former golf course clubhouse and adds greenway throughout the property, Laramore said. Also, the plan saves an old Post oak tree, he said.

Laramore said the developer wants to build apartments and single family units, and that some neighbors still oppose the revised plan.

In an email, the conservancy said Pratt and Walden Ridge Park partners have worked closely on “a revised, thoughtful development plan that we believe will benefit the park and community.”

In 2018, City Council members voted 7-2, with two abstentions, to seek specific conditions to stop Pratt from turning the former clubhouse at the Quarry into rental apartments.

Pratt at that time had proposed a mix of single-family detached homes and townhomes for most of the property, which is zoned for residential use. But a years-old zoning glitch left the clubhouse property zoned C-2 commercial, which would have allowed its redevelopment into apartments.

At that time, local businessman Steve Hunt said that more than 700 people had signed a petition opposing rental property on the site.

Later that year, Pratt filed suit against the City Council and Councilman Chip Henderson by name. The suit said he drove the “illegal rezoning” and that the defendants “grossly exceeded their authority” and violated Pratt’s rights under the Tennessee and U.S. constitutions.

Henderson was dismissed as a defendant in the federal suit last September. In October, there was an order for the parties to mediate.

But on Tuesday, a federal judge said that Pratt will have up to and including Feb. 18 to file its response to the defendants’ motion for summary judgment.

Contact Mike Pare at mpare@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikePareTFP.