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About the Community Design Group

Bringing together vision, plan, and project.

As a division of the Regional Planning Agency, our goal is to make more beautiful, balanced, and active communities in Hamilton County.  Our agency is focused on advancing great places that are based on clear and constructive design principles and created through inclusive planning efforts.  The Community Design Group (CDG) serves as a resource to both the public and private sectors for design guidance on development and redevelopment projects.

We strive to communicate, and establish an understanding of, design principles with an emphasis on the public realm, and how private development should interface with it.  The public realm should enhance the livability of a place and provide diverse settings for community interaction and commerce.

Our work focuses on:

  • The design of streets, parks, and trails;

  • Urban and suburban development and redevelopment plans; and

  • Best practices for site design.

We also provide visualization, graphic design, and website communications. 

Existing Airport Gateway-Shephed Road Simulation of Potential Improvements


We help take projects from “plan to reality” by providing design advice and facilitating coordination among City and County departments.  We are focused on bringing community vision to life.

Our projects have included:  

  • Brainerd Overlay Zone (2014)

  • Soddy-Daisy Parks System Study (2014)

  • Moccasin Bend-Stringer’s Ridge Gateway Plan (2012)

  • Tennessee Riverpark Planning (ongoing)

  • Chattanooga’s Climate Action Plan (2009)

  • Streetscape Designs

  • MLK Community Plan (2009)

  • Chattanooga’s Downtown Plan (2004)

  • North Shore Design Guidelines  


Frazier Avenue before Frazier Avenue after


Awards include:

  • Moccasin Bend – Stringer’s Ridge Gateway Plan, TAPA, 2013.

  • Chattanooga’s Climate Action Plan, TAPA, 2009.

  • Chattanooga’s Downtown Plan, Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association (TAPA), 2005.

  • Coolidge Park, American Society of Landscape Architects, 2000.

  • Tennessee Riverpark, American Planning Association, 1998.

  • Battlefield Preservation, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1996.

  • Distinguished Service Award, American Institute of Architects, Tennessee Chapter, 1996.

  •  Downtown Streetscape, Scenic Cities Beautiful, 1992.

For more information, contact us at:

Community Design Group
Development Resource Center, Suite 3010
1250 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN  37402-2713
Phone:  423-643-5901



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

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