The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency is beginning to work on Area 3’s plan. (Screenshot: Staff)

Regional planners are looking for community input as they begin mapping out new land-use guidelines for part of the city.

As part of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency’s land use plan, leaders are seeking feedback about East Chattanooga, which is called Area 3.

The Area 3 communities affected are Avondale, Battery Heights, Boyce Station, Bushtown, Churchville, Ferger Place, Gaylan Heights, Glass Farms, Glenwood, Highland Park, Missionary Ridge, Oak Grove, Orchard Knob, Ridgedale, Riverside, Waterhaven and Wheeler Avenue.

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The plan will help guide business and residential growth by addressing matters such as zoning.

The agency’s Senior Planner Justin Tirsun said that the goal of the area plan is to create a guide for growth that reflects community members’ visions for their neighborhood.

“We need [the community] to be engaged so that the plan reflects what they want,” he said. “If we don’t get feedback from [the community], it’s just what the staff thinks.”

To get a grasp on the community’s desires, the regional planning agency will host an Area 3 Kickoff Meeting at Carver Youth and Family Development Center at 600 N. Orchard Knob Ave. on June 23 from noon to 2 p.m.

During the meeting, regional planners will give background information about their process before diving into a discussion on what area residents want for their communities.

Planners will be looking for community feedback through the entire process, so those who cannot attend the meeting will have several other opportunities to contribute.

Tirsun, who is leading the Area 3 plan, invited residents to email him [email protected] with any questions or comments about the plan.

Residents may also sign-up for updates through the agency’s website.

Planners hope to have a final draft of a plan done in October.

Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she received a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in political science. Alina has over three years of journalism experience including time spent with CNN and 2nd & Church, a magazine based in Nashville, Tennessee. You can reach Alina at  [email protected] or on Twitter @alinahuntergrah

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