In August 2004, Chattanooga City Council asked that the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) develop a land use plan for the Shallowford Road—Lee Highway area. The plan included the Shallowford Road corridor from Hickory Valley Road to Standifer Gap Road. 

The plan recommended this corridor remain single-family residential. Detached single-unit dwellings are the predominant existing use (except for Hickory Valley Christian Church) and the plan recommended no change to this land use pattern. This recommendation was made previous to the widening of Shallowford Road from two-lanes to the five-lane roadway that is under construction. 

A request for rezoning to R-4 Special Zone in this area prompted the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission to request the RPA to review this area for potential uses other than single-family residential based on the impact of the substantially wider roadway. 

In August 2008, a policy was created for the R-1 Residential properties that front on the Shallowford Road corridor.  The policy recommendations were presented at a well-attended public meeting on September 4, 2008 and to Planning Commission on September 8, 2008.

At the September meeting, Planning Commission deferred action on the policy for six months and asked that the policy be separated into two recommendations: one for the north side and one for the south side. This one change was made and was presented at the public hearing of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission on Monday, March 9th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hamilton County Courthouse. Planning Commission recommended approval of the policy. The policy will be heard at Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00 p.m.

The following link is to the revised document: Shallowford Road Policy 03_11_09 updated


If you have any questions or would like additional information,
please contact
Karen Rennich, Director of Comprehensive Planning
at 643-5900 or via email at

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

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