About the RPA

Planning Commission

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission was created in the early 1950's as a result of a state law. The Planning Commission is a voluntary body of 15 members largely appointed by the Mayor of the City of Chattanooga and the Hamilton County Mayor for staggered three-year terms.

Its role is to make zoning and land use recommendations to the local legislative bodies and to make final decisions on subdivision requests for Hamilton County and all municipal governments (except Collegedale, East Ridge, Red Bank, Signal Mountain, and Soddy-Daisy). The Planning Commission meets on the second Monday of each month at 1:00 PM on the 4th floor of the Hamilton County Courthouse to consider these requests. These meetings are open to the public.


Regional Planning Agency

The Regional Planning Agency (RPA) is a joint agency of the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County. The staff is comprised of professional city planners, urban designers, researchers, graphic designers and administrative personnel. The RPA is governed by an Executive Committee comprised of the Hamilton County Mayor, the Chattanooga Mayor, the County Commission Chair, the Chattanooga City Council Chair, and the Planning Commission Chair.

Its major responsibilities include developing land use plans and transportation plans, administering zoning, proposing development policies, and reviewing new subdivisions and other development projects. Each month, the RPA also sends Staff recommendations for zoning requests to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission and other area Planning Commissions (East Ridge, Red Bank, Signal Mountain, and Soddy-Daisy) for their consideration.

Except for the administration of the Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), which covers the northern portions of Catoosa, Walker, and Dade counties in Georgia, the RPA’s jurisdiction lies within Hamilton County.


The major divisions of the RPA focus on different aspects of Planning:

  Strategic Long Range Planning

- Regional & District Plans

- Long-Range Transportation Planning

- Transportation Improvement Progam (T.I.P.)


Development Services

- Subdivisions

- Zoning requests


Research & Analysis

- Data Management and Analysis

- Land Use & Transportation Modeling

- Brownfields Assessment


Community Design Group

- Public Space & Streetscape Design

- Redevelopment Plans

- Urban Design

- Graphics & Communication



- Budget

- Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) Administration


Development Resource Center, Suite 2000
1250 Market Street 
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402

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