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WELCOME TO THE CHATTANOOGA CITY COUNCILChattanooga City Council

(Left to right: Darrin Ledford, Jenny Hill, Isiah Hester, Carol Berz, Chip Henderson, Ken Smith, Raquetta Dotley, Marvene Noel, and Demetrus Coonrod. Photo: Lawson Whitaker Photography)

QUICK LINKS

Current Agenda Rules for Public Comments
Committee Schedule Council Business Meeting Stream
List of Council Committees Strategic Planning Stream
Open Records Requests Public Notices
Council's Rules of Operation District Lookup
Redistricting Info Strategic Planning Agenda

POSTPONED - FORM-BASED CODE APPEAL FBC-24-4

The Council has postponed the July 16, 2024, Form-Based Code Appeal hearing: FBC-24-4, to a date later to be determined. This postponement was at the request of the applicant and community stakeholders. All other Council business on July 16th will proceed as planned.

ZONING PUBLIC HEARING ON JULY 16, 2024

The Council will hold a public hearing on the following updates to Chattanooga City Code, Chapter 38 of City Code--the "Zoning Ordinance":

a) An ordinance to adopt Chattanooga City Code, Part II, Chapter 38, Zoning Ordinance.

A draft of the Zoning Ordinance may be found online here or is available for review at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency offices at 1250 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

b) The proposed Zoning Ordinance to adopt Chattanooga City Code, Part II, Chapter 38, Zoning Ordinance, requires certain building materials to be restricted in the construction of buildings (as such notification is provided per Tenn. Code Ann. § 68-120- 101(B)(7)(A)(IV)).

The hearing will take place during the 3:30 p.m. business meeting in the Assembly Room on Tuesday, July 16, 2024. This meeting is open and  accessible.

STRATEGIC PLANNING - MONTH OF JULY

Due to the July 2nd cancellation of all public meetings, the Council has adjusted its Strategic Planning meeting for the month of July. Instead of the first and third Tuesdays of the month, Strategic Planning will take place on the second Tuesday, July 9, and fourth Tuesday, July 23rd. This schedule change applies only for the month of July.

REGULAR MEETING SCHEDULE

Open meetings of the Chattanooga City Council take place every Tuesday in the Assembly Room of the John P. Franklin, Sr. City Council Building. The regular schedule of meetings for the Council changed in late 2023 [view notice here] and stands as follows:

Council Meeting - Every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. (This will be a recessed meeting each week.)
Strategic Planning - 1st and/or 3rd Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. when needed 

RECURRING COMMITTEES:

The Council's Planning and Zoning Committee meets every first Tuesday of the month during the 3:30 business meeting. The Parks and Public Works Committee meets every other week during the 3:30 business meeting.

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN COUNCIL MEETINGS

ATTEND IN PERSON:

Any person may attend the above-listed meetings in person. All meetings are open and accessible.

Addressing the Council: Public comments are allowed every Tuesday at the end of the 3:30 p.m. business meeting. Once the City Attorney reads the rules for addressing the Council, each speaker must speak from the podium. Each speaker will be allotted three minutes to make their comments. A timer will be set and visible to all speakers during this time. Speakers cannot share their three minutes with others. The timer starts anew with each speaker. The Council has limited the public comments section of its agenda to a maximum of one hour. 

WATCH THE YOUTUBE LIVESTREAM

Click here to view the livestreams of the 2:00 Strategic Planning meetings (1st and 3rd Tuesdays as needed), as well as the weekly 3:30 Council business meeting. 

EMAIL OR PHYSICAL MAIL

Any person may email comments to the full Council at Council-Clerk@chattanooga.gov or send your comments via U.S. postal mail to the following address:

Chattanooga City Council
c/o Clerk to Council
1000 Lindsay Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

LEAVE A VOICEMAIL FOR YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

To leave a voicemail for your district councilperson, dial (423) 643-7170 and press the number of your district to leave your message. For example, when prompted, press 1 for the District 1 councilperson’s direct line to leave a voicemail.

MISSION STATEMENT

To promote an ethical, inclusive environment that enhances and sustains the well-being of all the people, by encouraging citizen input and participation at all levels of City government and by providing high-quality, professional public service that addresses community needs.

ABOUT THE CITY COUNCIL

Chattanoogans elect a Mayor and all nine Council members on the first Tuesday in March of every fourth year. To be elected, a candidate must receive a majority (50% + 1) of the votes cast; if no candidate garners a majority, a run-off election is held between the two candidates that received the most votes. Runoff elections are held on the second Tuesday of April. Mayor and Council receive their oath of office and their new terms begin on the first Monday after the second Tuesday of April. Also, in April of each year, the Council elects a Chair and Vice Chair.

DISTRICT 1
Chip Henderson, Chair 2024-2025

DISTRICT 2
Jenny Hill, Vice Chair 2024-2025

DISTRICT 3
Ken Smith, Councilman
Chair, Legislative Committee

DISTRICT 4
Darrin Ledford, Councilman
Planning and Zoning Committee

DISTRICT 5
Isiah Hester, Councilman
Chair, Parks and Public Works Committee

DISTRICT 6
Dr. Carol Berz, Councilwoman
Chair, Budget and Finance Committee

DISTRICT 7
Raquetta Dotley, Councilwoman

DISTRICT 8
Marvene Noel, Councilwoman
Chair, Education and Innovation Committee

DISTRICT 9
Demetrus Coonrod, Councilwoman
Chair, Economic Development Committee
Chair, Equity and Community Development Committee
Chair, Human Resources (HR) Committee

District Lookup

 

 

 

City Council
1000 Lindsay Street(map)
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Phone:(423) 643-7170
Fax: (423) 643-7199

 

 

Photo by Phillip Stevens & Matt Lea