Large Number Of Residents Opposed To New Project Near East Hamilton; Sabrena Smedley Warns Of Over-Development

Monday, October 14, 2019

A large number of residents showed up at the Planning Commission to oppose plans for a 182-home subdivision near East Hamilton School.

Developer Billy McCoy is planning the project on 61 acres near Cross Gate Road and Ooltewah-Ringgold Road.

County Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said over 1,000 lots have already been approved for homes in that vicinity. She said the existing infrastructure is not going to be handle all that development.

She said, "At what point are we going to be negatively affected by the development over-saturation?"

Mr. McCoy said traffic near the school is a headache at school arrival and letting out, but not bad at other times of the day.

Kelly Richardson of the development team said 10 acres in the flood plain would be left undisturbed.

She said the initial plan was R-1, but the group is now looking at some mixed use in a Planned Unit Development.

The case goes back before the Planning Commission next month.


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