Councilman Henderson Seeks "Downzoning" For Section Of The Quarry Property At Mountain Creek

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

City Councilman Chip Henderson said he will seek a downzoning of a section of The Quarry property at Mountain Creek.

He said the owner of the former golf course is opposed to changing the current C-2 zoning at the portion that includes the clubhouse.

However, he said the community favors it.

Councilman Henderson said the property was rezoned from R1 to R4/C-1 in 1977. He said there was a change in 1980 to allow a restaurant and bar.

In 1992, he said the City Council carried out a wholesale rezoning that changed a number of C-1 zones to C-2, including The Quarry clubhouse portion.

Councilman Henderson said C-2 is "the wild, wild West. You can do almost anything you want to in a C-2."

w ithFacing a large crowd of opponents at the Planning Commission, development plans for tracts at Mountain Creek and North Chattanooga were shot down on Monday afternoon.

He said the resolution he plans to sponsor in two weeks would change the C-2 designation at The Quarry back to C-1. He said that is in line with its status at the time it got approval for a restaurant and bar.

Recently, plans were announced for The Quarry that included 25 single-family home lots on two cul-de-sac roads near the clubhouse, 10 apartments, 60 townhomes and four single-family lots in a middle section, and 24 townhomes, 16 apartments and five single-family lots at the south end.

 At the last Planning Commission meeting, developer James Pratt said he was withdrawing plans to redevelop The Quarry property on Read's Lake Road. City Councilman Henderson, who has been working with the opposition group, said there still could be development based on current zoning of R-1 and C-2. He said apartments are allowed in C-2.

At the time, Councilman Henderson said he did not know if it would be legal to downzone the property to a C-1 designation that does not allow apartments.


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