Collegedale Rezoning Approved As Development Continues At Former Georgia Pacific Tract

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - by Gail Perry

Upon the recommendation of Strategic Planner Kelly Martin, the Collegedale Commissioners approved on first reading, an ordinance for rezoning property along Ooltewah-Ringgold Road. At the commission meeting Monday night, owner of the property Allen Hughes told the commissioners that his company, H&K Holdings, previously bought six and a half acres in the corporate limits of the city of Collegedale that had been owned by Georgia Pacific, and all but one acre has now been developed.

Current zoning for the property is I-1 Industrial. Mr. Hughes requested the zoning change to C-2 Convenience/Commercial District, with the intention of subdividing and selling that property for commercial use. 

Mr. Martin told the commissioners that it is difficult to market just one acre to any industry, and because the surrounding properties have the I-1 designation, advised the commissioners to grant the C-2 zoning. This zoning designation provides more utility for the property, he said. A motion was unanimously approved on first reading for the ordinance.

In her bi-weekly report, Commissioner Katie Lamb said she wanted to go on record saying that she was proud of the Ooltewah High School Band that performed at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Some Collegedale residents were part of that group, she said.  

City Manager Ted Rogers announced that at the next commission meeting on Dec. 16 the auditors will give a report on the state of the city.

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