Dear Members of the City Council,

The Friends of Hixson's focus is to help make the Hixson area a great place to live, work and play. Part of making Hixson a better community is planned growth. Hixson residents want the community to grow and thrive; we just want it to be done in a way that protects our community, our environment and our quality of life.

We are concerned with the proposed 190-acre Chattanooga Village development. Hixson has an excessive amount of unoccupied commercial property that should be responsibly developed before entire hilltops are leveled. The infrastructure of the highway does not have the capacity to handle a significant increase in traffic. There is also concern with the value of the residential property surrounding the development dropping dramatically.

On April 9, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency denied a request to rezone a 190-acre parcel of land along Highway 153 south of Boy Scout Road for commercial use. The Hixson-North River Land Use Plan was developed by the agency in partnership with Hixson residents to offer a framework for growth in the best interest of our community. The rezoning was denied because the proposed development does not fit our growth plan.

We are asking the Chattanooga City Council to take into account the concerns of the residents of Hixson on May 8. We are also asking them to take into account that the Regional Planning Agency recommends denial of the request as proposed.

David Queen
Friends of Hixson