Collegedale Commission Approves Zoning Change, Amends Parking Lot Standards

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - by Gail Perry

Collegedale commissioners approved a zoning change for property near the corner of Ooltewah Ringgold Road and Titus Lane that was annexed by the city in March 2013. At the commission meeting Monday night, commissioners were told that when property is annexed, a zoning designation must be assigned to it. The majority of the property in question was assigned C-2 when acquired by Collegedale. Upon recommendation of the city staff and concerns by neighbors of the location, the commission changed the designation to R-2 in order to maintain the conditions it had at the time of annexation. This will allow the owners to retain the previous uses of the land.

Also, upon staff recommendation, parking lot standards were amended. The sizes required for a parking space in Collegedale was larger than the size specified by surrounding communities. Reducing the size was approved two years ago, but there was confusion because a mixture of old and new standards have been in use. It was unanimously approved to change the space required from 10 by 20 feet, to 9 by 18 feet.

Director of Operations of the Collegedale Municipal Airport, Chris Swain received approval to purchase a “finish mower” for airport maintenance. This equipment that will attach to an existing tractor will be 100 percent state funded. Approval was given to accept the low bid of $13,700.

Looking toward future development, Vice Mayor Tim Johnson asked the other commissioners to move forward with the creation of a city hotel tax. There has been interest shown for building a hotel at the “Collegedale Station” development. It was decided that discussions concerning the tax will take place at commission meetings in the near future.

It was also determined that the study of constructing a sidewalk wanted by residents of the Wellesley Drive neighborhood would be folded into the larger Collegedale land use plan. This is in the process of being developed by a task force comprised of members from the Collegedale planning committee, the city commissioners and other interested parties. Commissioner Larry Hanson has notified the Wellesley neighborhood association that they should choose a representative to be included in this committee.

Commissioner Hanson brought forward a discussion of “invocation” versus “moment of silence” that takes place at the beginning of each commission meeting. A decision was made, that the choice would be left to the person who is doing the invocation who would be able to offer a prayer, invite those present to pray in silence or simply observe a private moment. Mayor John Turner told the commissioners that he would choose and notify the person that he would ask, several days in advance of the commission meeting in order for them to have time to think about it

An old trailer previously located at the trailer court at the corner of College Terrace and Moore Road has been moved, said Commissioner Katie Lamb, but a lot of trash remains as well as another old, burned-out trailer. She asked if the city could require the owner to clean up the property. Building codes and safety officer, Andrew Morkert responded that a lawsuit is already pending about the condition of the property, and there are plans to clear the land. 


Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For Aug. 19-25

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for Aug. 19-25: Regina Lorene Brewster, 50, of 528 Red Bud Avenue, Rossville was arrested August 19 on charges of driving while license revoked and no seatbelt. Amber Nicole Howell, 28, of 601 James Street, Rossville was arrested August 19 on charges of driving while license suspended and failure to obey traffic control device. ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARMSTRONG, JAMES ANTHONY  2701 TYNER RD CHATTANOOGA, 37363  Age at Arrest: 43 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga VIOLATION OF PROBATION(DRIVING ON REVOKED) VIOLATION OF PROBATION(DUI) --- AUSTIN, ASHLEY MESHELLE  2301 EAST 18TH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37404  Age at Arrest: 24 years ... (click for more)

Proud To Be A Conservative Conservationist

I was born and raised in Chattanooga and was brought up to be a Tennessee conservative. That means that my family conserved our spending, our resources, and yes, even our environment.  I think we were inspired to do so because Tennessee is one of the most beautiful places in the entire United States. We have stunning mountains, wild rivers and quiet backcountry. And many of ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Adore America

If Heather Cross weren’t married and didn’t have such a fine-looking family I’d swear I might propose. The dazzling lady just wrote a “By Gumbo! letter” to all the major news outlets in the world to inform them that half of the Pelican State is still submerged by “a 1,000-year flood” and where the heck are they with their cameras? She knows it is vital for the rest of America to ... (click for more)

Vols Will Play West Virginia In 2018 At Charlotte

The University of Tennessee announced   Tuesday   the dates for seven future home football games. All seven games will be contested at Neyland Stadium. Home meetings with UTEP (2018), UT-Chattanooga (2019), UAB (2019), Charlotte (2020), Bowling Green (2021), Ball State (2022) and Army (2022) have all been added to the future games list. With the addition ... (click for more)

Potent Baylor Continues Unbeaten Volleyball Onslaught

Another one bites the dust. Baylor’s Lady Red Raiders knocked off visiting East Hamilton, 3-0, on Monday and extended their season-opening winning streak to 15 consecutive matches. Coach Sarah Lail’s squad blistered the Lady Hurricanes by set scores of 25-10, 25-8, 25-14. “It’s definitely a great feeling,” Lail said of the impressive winning streak. “The girls have ... (click for more)