Traffic study points out possible concerns about Snow Hill Road development
UPDATE (Wednesday, June 26):
The Hamilton County Commission has voted 5-4 to block proposed rezoning on Snow Hill Road. Read the latest at the link here.
UPDATE (Wednesday, June 19):
People in Ooltewah who want a resolution to a proposed rezoning now have wait a little longer.
After a 4-3 vote from Hamilton County Commissioners at Wednesday's meeting, right now there will be no action made on potential rezoning on Snow Hill Road.
Depend on us to keep you posted.
PREVIOUSLY (June 14):
A recent study shows how traffic will change if development is built on Snow Hill Road in Ooltewah.
This is a story News Channel 9 has continued to follow for you as several residents have spoken out against the project.
Meyer Transportation Consultants, Inc. prepared a traffic study for KSM Developing Co., LLC.- the developers of the proposed Snow Hill Road project. The study talks about existing conditions, the new development, and includes crash and speed data.
KSM Developing Company Co., LLC says they want to build "453" single-family homes on 200 acres of land. The study points out that the development is going to add traffic to Snow Hill Road and to Mountain View Road by the time the project is said to be complete in 2025.
The study shows traffic would increase by 11 percent on Snow Hill Road and 22 percent on Mountain View Road. Chester Bankston, Hamilton County Commissioner, says this is too much of an increase. Therefore, he says he is against the development.
Residents who live in the area also have their own concerns.
Courtney Nicholson is a property manager at The Gray Dove, a wedding venue that is right near where they plan to build. Ooltewah High School is located just south of the proposed subdivision. Nicholson believes the traffic study isn't accurate because school is currently out of session. She says the traffic would nearly double is it was taken during when school was in session. Ooltewah High School is located just south of the proposed subdivision.
See full study below:
Commissioners are expected to vote next week. The public will have another opportunity to voice their concerns before they vote next week. The time and location of the meeting are yet to be determined.
PREVIOUSLY (June 12):
Developers want to build 453 single-family homes on a lot on Snow Hill Road. County leaders say this is needed, especially as more jobs come into the area. But, local residents feel differently.
It was a packed house at Wednesday morning's meeting, as several people showed up to voice their concerns.
"What you choose today will forever change what Snow Hill Road community will be," a resident who lives on Snow Hill Road said.
The Ooltewah area is growing fast. Developers say they need to plan for the future.
"We've got people coming in for jobs that need a place to live, but now we don't want to develop anything so nobody will have housing," a developer said.
Melissa Cain lives on Snow Hill right where they plan to build. Our NewsChannel 9 SkyView shows the 200 acres on what's currently Heritage Farms on Snow Hill Road. This is where KSM Developing Company says they want to build single-family homes.
"There is nothing like this is in this area," Cain said. "Just please take that into consideration."
Cain along with others expressed their concerns about taking away the natural beauty of the land. And, agreed that building on the property will ultimately have a negative impact on the community.
People who spoke against the development say increased traffic and infrastructure problems are their two biggest concerns.
"We live there, our kids go to school at Ooltewah. We travel the road daily," Cain said. "We just feel like we need to build and benefit the community."
The cost of the project is still unknown. Commissioners will vote next week.
The public will have another opportunity to voice their concerns before they vote next week. The time and location of the meeting are yet to be determined.