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  • RiverparkMasterplan: The visionary plan advised that the Chattanooga riverfront was owned by everyone and should be developed "under a guiding idea which will bring its banks to life, make it a central point of pride for the City's people, and move it to the forefront of national consciousness". By reconnecting with this great river, the city was to make over its image and fuel the engine of central economic development.

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  • 1. The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency
  • 2. WHAT IS PLANNING?
    • planning for the PLAN
  • WHAT IS PLANNING?
    • planning for THE DREAM
  • WHAT IS PLANNING?
    • planning for EVERYTHING
  • WHAT IS PLANNING?
    Planning for CHANGE
    • creates an inspiring vision – what is in it for me?
    • 3. engages “change makers”
    • 4. makes informed, strategic choices
    • 5. utilizes synergy and leveraging
    • 6. focuses on action and results
  • WHAT DOES THE
    REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY DO?
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. HOW DO WE ACHIEVE OUR MISSION?
    • 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)
    • 9. Develop plans for large and small areas (area, district, community, neighborhood) that generally focus on land use, transportation and urban design issues/opportunities
    • 10. Provide research analysis and modeling tools to inform the public or to support public decision-making
    • 11. Develop zoning/subdivision regulatory tools to promote land development practices that achieve public policy goals
    • 12. Review rezoning/subdivision/special permit requests
  • WHERE DOES RPA PROVIDE PLANNING SERVICES?
    • 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
    • 13. We also staff the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization
  • what does theRPA staff do?
    Achieve Community
    Goals
    • Quality of Life
    • 17. Economic Vitality
    • 18. Public Health
    TRANSPORTATION
    LAND USE
    URBAN DESIGN
  • 19.
  • 20.
  • 21. Background – Why do we need a Gateway Plan for Moccasin Bend?
    Early Vision: Tennessee Riverpark Master Plan, 1985
    • “it would be a sparkling 25 mile necklace”
    • 22. 2 key anchors: “River’s Bend” and Moccasin Bend
  • Fullfiling the TN Riverpark Vision….
    • First Phase, Fishing Pier completed in 1989
    • 23. Ross’s Landing and the Aquarium “River’s Bend” completed in 1992
    • 24. Coolidge Park Development and Walnut Street Bridge (1995-99)
    • 25. Designation of 753 acres in Moccasin Bend as a National Park, 2003
    • 26. 21st Century Riverfront Development – Renaissance Park 2006
    • 27. Stringer’s Ridge Acquisition, Spring 2011
  • Fullfiling the TN Riverpark Vision….
    • Completing Moccasin Bend Park and connecting it to the Riverpark System
    • 28. Connecting to our early history
  • 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.
  • 29. Where are we in the planning process?
    2010
    • City Council requested study (April)
    • 30. Issued RFP for consultant services (December)
    2011
    • City Council accepted funding from Lyndhurst, Benwood, and Office Of Sustainability (March)
    • 31. Consultant contract approved (April)
    • 32. Stakeholders Caucus Meeting (May)
  • What is next and how can I get involved?
    How can I get involved?=
    • Public Meeting to present concepts (August 18)
    • 33. Finalize concepts and present at public meeting (October/ November)
    • 34. Present plan for adoption (Dec/January)
    2012
    • Begin detailed designs for Riverwalk, streetscape, etc.
  • GREATER CHATTANOOGA
    REGIONAL GROWTH PLAN
  • 35. Why do we need a Regional Growth Plan?
    1) Our region is poised for tremendous change….
    • Volkswagen, Wacker‐Chemie, Alstom and Amazon
    • 36. 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
    • 37. Chattanooga metro area has the largest volume of interstate freight through traffic of any metro area in the country
    • 38. 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
    • 39. 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”
  • 40. 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
  • 41. UNLESS…. YOU LIKE RISKING THE ALTERNATIVE….
    "If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else."
  • 42. Regional Growth Plan
    What does the area include?
    • 6,300 square miles
    • 43. Nearly 1 million population
    • 44. 16 Counties
    • 45. 3 States
    • 46. Chattanooga, Cleveland and Dalton
  • 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
  • 47. 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?
    ?
  • 48. 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
  • 49. Regional Growth Plan
    What are the next steps?
    Oct. 2011: Select consultants
    Dec. 2011: Secure all financial commitments
    Spring 2012: Launch public process
  • 50. 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
  • 51. 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?
  • 52. 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
  • 53. 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
  • 54. Bonny Oaks Corridor Study
    Project Objectives
    • Develop zoning strategies and polices to accommodate potential land use changes initiated by increases in transportation capacity within the corridor.
    • 55. Build on collaboration with TDOT
    • 56. Integration of land use and transportation needs
    • 57. Visual representations of future land use scenarios within the corridor
    Enterprise
    South
    Project Lead: Kelly Martin, Senior Planner
    Lead Dept. Director: Melissa Taylor
  • 58. Places for People
    Chattanooga’s Master Plan for Parks & Recreation Facilities
    Plan Update Purpose
    The goal of the project is to produce an updated comprehensive master plan projecting out to 2020.
    • Identification & Inventory
    • 59. Facilities Assessment
    • 60. Recommendations
    • 61. Apply for Federal & State grants
    Project Lead: Karen Rennich, Deputy Director and Melissa Taylor, Director of Strategic Long-Range Planning
  • 62. Strategic Evaluation of Transit for 2040: Shifting the Mode Choice
    Where to be in 2040, 2050,
    2070?
    • How do we position transit as a more attractive option for choice riders?
    • 63. Integrated/connected multimodal systesm
    • 64. Land use policies and practices that support transit (density-oriented development)
    • 65. Options for local transit funding for transportation
    • 66. Other types of mass transit are operating (high-speed rail, light rail, bus rapid transit)
    • 67. Performance-based planning (setting targets for VMT reduction)
    • 68. Linking transit to economic development and quality of life objectives
    Project Lead: Melissa Taylor, Director of Strategic Long-Range Planning
  • 69. Planning: Your Role as a Citizen and Stakeholder
    • Plans do not implement themselves
    • 70. Plan implementation takes the commitment and leadership of people, time and resources
    • 71. Planners have great expertise, tools and resources, but not all the expertise and knowledge that is needed to create a great plan
  • theRegionalPlanning Agency
    Chattanooga-Hamilton County, Tennessee
    April 7, 2011
    www.chcrpa.org
    757-5216