CHA Airport District Plan

Jubilee Crossing on Lee Highway, Artist Rendering

Project Background

The Airport is a key gateway to the City of Chattanooga and has seen rapid growth in the past four years. Currently the Airport services three major carriers to six international hubs. Enplanements (passenger boardings) have risen from 309,235 to 484,517 between the years 2013 and 2017, a 56.6 percent increase. In 2008 the direct number of jobs provided by the Airport was 963. The projected number of employees that will be needed by 2028 is 1,600 amounting to a 66% increase. A masterplan for the Airport proper was completed in the spring of 2019 that assessed needed infrastructure for a 20 year projection at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport terminals. As the Airport continues to grow as a major employment center and transportation hub, it is estimated that there will be impacts on surrounding infrastructure and potential for economic development. The planning study of the broader Airport area provides the City with a vision that accommodates future growth
and transformation while protecting established neighborhoods.

Project Goals

Chattanooga Gateway

To Provide a comprehensive planning study that will recommend actions to enhance the Airport as a key gateway to the City of Chattanooga.

Capital Projects

To generate recommendations for feasible capital projects to improve roads and other public infrastructure (sidewalks, streetscape, multi-use paths, and bicycle, transit network) that will serve as an appropriate gateway to the Airport and enhance the quality and marketability of the surrounding land uses.

Market Analysis

To provide a market study that will inform land use decisions and feasible economic development in the area.

Master Plan

To prepare a Master Plan of two to three focus areas that incorporates transportation, stormwater, and land uses in an illustrative document.

Compatible Land Uses

To assess compatible land uses within a well-balanced framework of employment centers, neighborhoods, commercial and retail.


To see the adopted Airport District Plan, please click on pdf file below.

Airport District Plan FAQ

Hand-out Catalyst Sites and Infrastructure Projects

Land Use Hand-out Airport

Local Street Network Hand-out

Multi-family Housing Examples