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WHAT DOES THE REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY DO? RPA MISSION To create a comprehensive vision and guide for the community that enhances quality of life by integrating growth with the conservation of resources. This vision will include both short and long range goals and strategies that public and private community leaders can use to implement these objectives.
Develop and maintain the Hamilton County Comprehensive Plan, and the Long-Range Transportation Plan (sets the long-term vision and direction for the future growth, development character and transportation needs)
Develop plans for large and small areas (area, district, community, neighborhood) that generally focus on land use, transportation and urban design issues/opportunities
Provide research analysis and modeling tools to inform the public or to support public decision-making
Develop zoning/subdivision regulatory tools to promote land development practices that achieve public policy goals
The Regional Planning Agency (RPA) is a joint agency of the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, and provide support planning services to Collegedale, East Ridge, Lakesite, Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Ridgeside, Soddy-Daisy, and Walden
We also staff the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization
Develop one plan that illustrates a shared vision for the entire area that will will help us guide future development, identify and design high quality public spaces, identify potential connections, and protect the integrity of our natural and cultural resources.
Begin detailed designs for Riverwalk, streetscape, etc.
GREATER CHATTANOOGA REGIONAL GROWTH PLAN
Why do we need a Regional Growth Plan? 1) Our region is poised for tremendous change….
Volkswagen, Wacker‐Chemie, Alstom and Amazon
Chattanooga has also completed the nation’s largest 100% fiber‐optic network, providing all homes and businesses in a 600 square‐mile area up to 1 Gig internet speeds
Chattanooga metro area has the largest volume of interstate freight through traffic of any metro area in the country
The region has also become noted for its scenic, cultural and civic amenities which are highly valued by its residents and area visitors, and a key asset to recruiting and retaining its major employers
Projected population growth for Chattanooga Metro Area: 166,000 in next 30 years
Why do we need a Regional Growth Plan? 2) We are all connected to the same region. We all live, work and play in the same “regional playground”
Why do we need a Regional Growth Plan? 3) We have a rare opportunity to develop a vision and guide that reflects what we value about our region so that as we grow, we can continue to enjoy our “regional playground” as a great place to live, work and play
UNLESS…. YOU LIKE RISKING THE ALTERNATIVE…. "If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else."
Regional Growth Plan What does the area include?
Regional Growth Plan What will it accomplish? PEOPLE: relationships/ values/vision
bring the region together under a common vision and prioritized action agenda
old urban government citizen public official rural young non-profit business
Regional Growth Plan What will it accomplish? TOOLS: connect now to the future
provide community leaders with decision‐making tools and data that connects current decisions with long-term outcomes
Regional Growth Plan What will it accomplish?
identify strategic transformative project ideas that will significantly impact the long‐term economic, social, cultural and environmental well‐being of the region
ACTION: what is the NEXT BIG IDEA? ?
Regional Growth Plan Where are we in the planning process? Currently in the “pre-planning” process. What does that mean? Securing commitments from the public and private sector to participate both financially and in-kind Pursuing a federal regional planning grant Selecting a consultant team to provide professional support and guidance to the process
Regional Growth Plan What are the next steps? Oct. 2011: Select consultants Dec. 2011: Secure all financial commitments Spring 2012: Launch public process
Regional Growth Plan What will the public process be like? Ongoing:from start to finish Widespread: throughout the region Informative:build understanding/awareness Engaging & Fun!: promotes commitment to action Meaningful: the final product truly represents the collective work of the participants Diverse: provide opportunities for traditionally under-represented populations to participate Accessible: provide multiple “portals” for public participation
Regional Growth Plan What will the public process be like? How can I participate? Some things you will be doing….. WHAT DO WE VALUE MOST ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY? VISIONING: WHAT TYPE OF FUTURE DEVELOPMENT SCENARIO BEST ACHIEVES OUR VISION? SCENARIO BUILDING: ACTION PLANNING: HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM HERE? WHERE DO WE START? WHO WILL LEAD IT? WHERE WILL THE RESOURCES COME FROM?
Regional Growth Plan What will the plan address? EVERYTHING that is critical to the livability and long-term prosperity of our region ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION TRANSPORTATION HISTORY/CULTURAL IDENTITY ENVIRONMENT ENERGY HOUSING RECREATION BEYOND TRANSPORTATION & LAND USE
Regional Growth Plan 2 – 3 years How long will it take? What organizations are currently involved in the project? Foundations: Benwood, Community Foundation, Lyndhurst, Maclellan Local Governments: City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Whitfield County, Cleveland Planning Organizations: Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, Regional Planning Agency/CHCNGA TPO, Southeast TN Development District Business Organizations: Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Dalton Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland Chamber of Commerce