The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency (RPA), with support from the Lyndhurst Foundation, is bringing Randall Arendt, one of the nations’ foremost authorities on conservation subdivision design, to Chattanooga.  Conservation design includes creatively placed homes surrounded by significant areas of the land's best natural features: woods, prairies or lakes. Subdivisions developed with a plan for conserving open space have proven to be a tremendous success for landowners, developers, homebuyers and communities.

Mr. Arendt will be conducting a two-part Conservation Design Workshop for the benefit of home builders, developers, planners, project financiers, appointed and elected officials and all interested community stakeholders.  The first part consists of a slide lecture on conservation subdivision design, and addresses how the needs of residential development can also meet the desires of a community for permanent conservation land.   The discussion will focus on developments that were completed utilizing the principles advocated by Mr. Arendt, and will provide varied examples of existing conservation subdivisions that have been through all phases of development and are now being lived in. Mr. Arendt describes how this design process can fit into local regulations and how these principles can also apply to higher-density infill projects.


The second part, by registration only, is a participatory extension of the slide lecture, where workshop attendees will learn how to design a conservation subdivision in a hands-on design exercise. This workshop provides the opportunity for participants to apply the design process to a real parcel of land, selecting house sites in relation to the pre-identified conservation areas, aligning streets and trails, and drawing in the lot lines.


The event will be held at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on Tuesday, May 15th.  The lecture is from 4:00-6:15 PM.


The workshop portion begins with a complementary light buffet dinner at 6:30 PM and will end at 8:30 PM.  Due to the limited amount of space for the workshop, all attendees must reserve a spot by calling the Regional Planning Agency at (423) 643-5900. 

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