Advancing Great Places

The RPA’s mission is to provide a comprehensive vision and guide for the community that enhances the quality of life by integrating growth with the conservation of resources. This vision will include both short and long range goals and strategies that public and private community leaders can use for implementation.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency 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. Its major responsibilities include developing land use plans and transportation plans, administering zoning, proposing development policies, and reviewing new subdivisions and other development projects.

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.

The RPA serves as staff to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization:

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission is charged by Tennessee Code Annotated with the responsibility of planning the physical development of the region. The Planning Commission’s role is to make zoning and land use recommendations to the local legislative bodies and make final decisions on subdivision requests for Hamilton County and all municipal governments except Collegedale, Red Bank, Signal Mountain, and Soddy-Daisy. Seven of the 15 members are appointed by the Chattanooga Mayor, seven by the County Mayor, with an additional jointly- appointed member serving as the Chair.

The Tennessee-Georgia bi-state Chattanooga-Hamilton County/ North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is the federally mandated Metropolitan Planning Organization for Hamilton County, Catoosa County and the northern portions of Dade and Walker counties. The TPO develops plans and policies to prioritize transportation projects for federal funding. The primary functions of the TPO are to produce the Unified Planning Work Program, regional long-range transportation plan, and Transportation Improvement Program as well as evaluating traffic congestion, air quality, mobility, and multimodal transportation options.

RPA Planning Framework

Growing Forward is a three step process to review the last decade of changes in our region, to renew our vision and goals for the future, and to revise the codes and laws that govern how we develop in order to lead us towards a stronger and more vital place to live, work, and play.

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