All 217 pages of the first public draft of the proposed form-based code were made available online Tuesday ahead of a series of open house events to discuss the new zoning ordinance.

Click here to read the FBC draft.

This code would affect North Shore, Riverfront, City Center, and M.L. King and Southside neighborhoods; and area residents are invited to have a say and comment on the FBC draft, said Karen Hundt, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency director.


These three all-day opportunities are designed for people to ask questions, get more information and give their 2 cents, she said.

The events are hosted by the Regional Planning Agency at the Development Resource Center, 1250 Market St., and each day includes a “brown-bag lunch” presentation for people to bring their meals while they learn more, Hundt said.

The following is the FBC open house schedule:

  • Feb. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; lunch presentation on FBC process and public realm standards at noon
  • Feb. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; lunch presentation on building height and land use at noon
  • March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; lunch presentation on parking, access, signage and landscaping at noon

Hundt encourages people to come out and ask questions at these events. And if someone has questions or cannot make these dates, she said that people could email her at [email protected].

Hundt said that feedback from these days would be used by the RPA to revise the code as needed in March.

Afterward, the RPA plans to make a recommendation for the City Council to adopt FBC in May, she said.

Read more about the Chattanooga form-based code project here.