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Policy Summary

These provisions set standards for the City's "A-1 Urban Agricultural Zone." They specifically designate agricultural uses such as growing of crops, dairying, grazing, the raising and maintaining of poultry and livestock as permitted uses in that zone and emphasize that the zone provides an opportunity for Planned Unit Development (PUD) that allows for open space design for the protection of sensitive natural resources.

Background Information

State Tennessee
Jurisdiction Name Chattanooga
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

Applies to multi-unit housing, including housing with multiple dwelling units, townhouses, and two-family units (§ 38-456).

Health-related goal?
Yes

Sanitary, rat-proof (§ 38-453); Health Department (§ 38-456)

Environmental goal?
Yes

"protection of sensitive natural resources such as floodplains, slopes over twenty percent (20%), riparian areas, wetlands, and prime agricultural soil" (§ 38-452)

Economic goal?
Yes

Development (§ 38-452).

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

The purpose of the A-1 Urban Agricultural Zone is to provide the opportunity for agricultural land and related uses within the City limits. This zone also designed to provide an opportunity for Planned Unit Development (under Planned Unit Development: Residential article V, section 38-145, hereafter referred to as PUD) that allows for open space design for the protection of sensitive natural resources such as floodplains, slopes over twenty percent (20%), riparian areas, wetlands, and prime agricultural soils. § 38-452.

Includes definitions?
Yes

"§ 38-451. "

Addresses implementation?
Unclear

General implementation details are lacking, however section 38-456 (1) provides guidance on implementation: "Flexibility in the arrangement of residential uses may be permitted by the City Council as a special exception in any A-1 Urban Agricultural Zone…" § 38-456 (1).

Enforcement provisions?
Unclear

Fines of not less than two ($2.00) dollars nor more than fifty ($50.00) for each offense are specified generally for violations of the zoning chapter. (§ 38-681)

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

"Chattanooga, Tennessee - Code of Ordinances, Chapter 38 - ZONING ARTICLE V. - ZONE REGULATIONS, DIVISION 28. - A-1 URBAN AGRICULTURAL ZONE. History: Ord. No. 11253; Ord. No. 13205 "