It’s been a busy week for city officials in Chattanooga. Mayor Tim Kelly + his team have kicked off an accelerated affordable housing plan and released a climate action plan — plus, it’s Open Data Week.
There’s a lot happening. We’re here to give you the key points + how to get involved.
Focus | To make the city’s data as transparent + accessible as possible for residential use.
Update | If you didn’t already know, you can view Chattanooga’s Open Data Portal — ChattaData — to see details on the city’s projects and studies.
Get involved | Share your thoughts + ideas about the city’s open data efforts mvia email. Bonus: If there’s a city project or study you’re interested in knowing more about that isn’t already on ChattaData, you can email to suggest it be added.
Focus | To accelerate the creation and preservation of affordable housing + expedite solutions that increase housing opportunities for all Chattanoogans.
Update | A 30-person working group has been created to inform the plan’s developmental process. This group will focus on:
- Establishing the city’s housing inventory + needs
- Identifying the biggest barriers to furthering affordable housing development + accessibility
- Prioritizing programs + policies to drive investment efforts
Get involved | The consultant groups will work with the community over the next seven months to gather information + make recommendations for the action plan.
Focus | A growth strategy that will “safeguard Chattanooga’s quality of life and invest in global competitiveness amid changes of the climate and international economy.”
Update | The plan has centered on these goals:
- Achieving net-zero carbon emissions and a zero waste footprint in city government operations by 2040 + city-wide by 2050
- Building a more sustainable city through modernized zoning policies
- Preserving + improving Chattanooga’s natural resources
- Becoming a national leader in the green community
- Reducing disparities among socially + economically vulnerable communities
Get involved | There will be a public comment period at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, March 21 + at the voting meeting to adopt the plan on Tuesday, March 28.