A land use plan guides how, when, and where new growth, redevelopment and preservation should occur in a particular area.

  • General policy guide
  • Provides a set of strategies for achieving specific community goals
  • Does not guarantee that community improvements or zoning changes will occur
  • They are not regulatory or legally binding


From 1985-2013, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency created over 27 land use plans for neighborhoods and communities within its planning boundary.

In 2015, the Agency undertook a Comprehensive Plan Update. The broad goals and recommendations established in this plan set a framework to integrate future community planning under a countywide unified vision.

The Comprehensive Plan delineated 12 areas that would become the new planning areas to guide physical development and create land use and transportation policies. Over time, these Area Plans will replace the historic land use plans.

Plan Name

LocationPlan TypePlace Types MapYear CompletedAdopted
2050 Regional Transportation PlanTransportationUnderway--

Airport District Plan

Area 6District2020Yes

Alton Park Master Plan

Area 4Neighborhood2000Yes

Brainerd...a vision for

Area 6Neighborhood2009
Brainerd/East Ridge Area PlanArea 6AreaUnderway--

Brainerd Hills Neighborhood Plan

Area 6Neighborhood2002Yes

Brainerd Town Center Plan Assessment

Area 6Study2017

Comprehensive Plan 2030

AllComprehensive2016 (amended)
Downtown / North Chattanooga Area PlanArea 1AreaUnderway--

Downtown Plan Chattanooga 2025

Area 1Neighborhood2006Yes

East Brainerd

Area 11Area 11

Area 11 Place Types Map



Area 6Neighborhood1998Yes

Glenwood/Churchville/Orchard Knob Neighborhood Plan

Areas 3, 6 Neighborhood2002Yes
Hamilton Place Community PlanAreas 11, 6, 10 Neighborhood2001
Highway 58 / Tyner Area PlanArea 10AreaUnderway--

Highway 58 Community Plan

Area 10Neighborhood2002Yes

Hill City - Northside Plan

Area 1Neighborhood2003Yes

Historic River-to-Ridge Area Plan

Area 3


Area 3 Place Types Map

Hixson / Red Bank Area PlanArea 2AreaUnderway--

Hixson-North River Community Plan

Areas 2, 8 Neighborhood2005 (revised)Yes

Lakesite Land Use Plan

Areas 8 District2007Yes
Lookout Valley Area PlanArea 5 AreaUnderway--

Lookout Valley Plan

Areas 5, 4 Neighborhood2003Yes

MLK Community Plan

Area 1Neighborhood2009Yes
Mountain Creek Corridor StudyArea 2CorridorUnderway--

Mountain Creek Greenway Final Plan

Area 2Corridor2003Yes

Natural Resources Assessment

Areas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11



North Brainerd Area Plan

Area 6Neighborhood2004Yes
North County / Soddy-Daisy Area PlanArea 13AreaUnderway--

North Shore Plan

Area 1Neighborhood2007Yes

North Shore Public Spaces Design Report

Area 1DistrictNo
Northeast County Area PlanArea 9AreaUnderway--

Oak Grove Neighborhood Plan

Area 3



Ridgedale Final Plan

Areas 3, 6Neighborhood2002

Rossville Blvd Community Plan

Areas 4, 3, 6Neighborhood2004Yes

Rossville Boulevard Corridor Study

Areas 4Studyn/a2023

Shallowford Road - Lee Highway Area Plan

Areas 10, 6Neighborhood2005Yes

Shepherd Community Land Use Plan

Shepherd Community StudyArea 6StudyUnderway--

South Broad District Study

Area 1Study



South Broad Redevelopment Plan

Area 1Neighborhood2003Yes
South Chattanooga / Lookout Mountain Area PlanArea 4AreaUnderway--

St. Elmo Community Plan

Area 4Neighborhood2013

Summit Land Use Plan

Area 12Neighborhood2013Yes
Walden Plateau Area PlanArea 7AreaUnderway--
Walden's Ridge Area PlanArea 7Area (partial)Underway--
Walden's Ridge Plateau Area PlanArea 71997

Westside Evolves

Area 1Neighborhood2022

White Oak Mountain Area Plan

Area 12Area

Area 12 Place Types Map


Wolfever Creek Area Plan

Areas 9, 12Neighborhood2007Yes