Ridgedale

Through a series of neighborhood meetings, the Ridgedale residents and business owners identified and prioritized a number of issues. They also consolidated their vision for the future of Ridgedale into four general goals.

Neighborhood Goals  
  • A Safe Community

  • An Attractive and Pleasing Neighborhood

  • A Neighborhood of
    Increasing Property Values

  • A Neighborhood with Adequate
    Business Services



The Plan

Adopted by Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission: November 9, 1998
 

Adopted by Chattanooga City Council: December 8, 1998
 

graphic by: Winsetta P. Ford

Map Key: Yellow-Residential, Orange-Mixed Use Residential, Violet-Industrial, Red-Commercial, Blue-Institutional, Dark Green-Parks & Greenways, Gray-Parking, Dark Gray-Utilities

 

Plan Recommendations:


Residents & Property Owners

Responsibility

  • Actively supports the Neighborhood Association
  • Properly maintain houses and yards
  • Strengthen the litter & trash reduction program
  • Start a Crime Watch program
  • Create a neighborhood "identity" & publicize it
  • Maintain vacant lots

1 - 2 Years

  • Form a non-profit organization to maintain small neighborhood "greens."
  • Start a neighborhood newsletter
  • Start a yard-of-the-month award program
  • Replace chain-link fences with picket fences
  • Schedule some neighborhood celebrations, such as block parties

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Business & Industry

Responsibility

  • Improve the appearance of properties by landscaping or screening materials stored outside
  • Strat a local Merchant's Association to address the needs of existing businesses and solicit new neighborhood-oriented businesses such as grocery stores, drug stores, banks, etc.
  • Notify the Neighborhood Association of expansion activities
  • Sponsor and support neighborhood events

1 - 2 Years

  • Rehabilitate building exteriors & landscape parking lots

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Government

Responsibility

  • Increase police presence
  • Strongly enforce City codes
  • Demolish vacant, dilapidated houses promptly
  • Remove illegally stored junk vehicles
  • Conduct timely street cleaning & trash removal
  • Reclaim back tax properties & establish a re-use program with incentives
  • Properly maintain street trees
  • Revisit City's "Alley Policy"
  • Increase animal control
  • Expand the "Commercial Facade Improvement Program" to include Ridgedale

1 - 2 Years

  • Conduct systematic housing code compliance inspections
  • Correct stormwater drainage problems
  • Initiate streetscape improvements as identified on the Plan
  • Start a greenways and safe-walk program
  • Upgrade Ridgedale Park
  • Review existing zoning & update to match this Plan
  • Create incentives to make infill housing financially competitive
  • Maintain alleys for use by City services, police, residents, & businesses
  • Develop new recreation facilities at Eastside Elementary
  • Program cultural activities for seniors

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Non-Profit Groups & Institutions

Responsibility

  • Market CNE's home improvement programs in Ridgedale
  • Share appropriate facilities with the Neighborhood
  • Coordinate recreational facilities with the Neighborhood Association, City agencies, and local businesses
  • Encourage increased student & faculty involvement in the neighborhood

1 - 2 Years

  • Identify potential new uses for underutilized industrial properties & market them when appropriate
  • Help fund and develop new housing to fit neighborhood plans & goals
  • Limit campus expansion for athletic fields to the properties west of Woodward Street

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Some of the actions recommended in this Plan are already underway. Dialogue has increased between the Neighborhood Association, local businesses and institutions, and City departments. The Mayor of Chattanooga has initiated monthly meetings to better coordinate the activities of all City departments that provide neighborhood services.
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