Ridges, Slopes, and Hillsides

Since March 2008, the Joint City-County Task Force on Ridge, Slope and Hillside Development and Protection has been working to develop a plan that balances conservation and development needs for those specific geographic features (see Citybeat, page 10). Composed of 29 citizens from the city and county, the task force was created after citizens complained of a lack of review when a highly visible water tower was built on Chapman Ridge. These structures, as well as concerns related to reforestation, storm water control, water and air quality, and others have guided the task force as it's reviewed the city and county's ordinances and reports. It's now distilled that knowledge into a draft plan that's ready for public viewing.

The first meeting for discussing the draft takes place Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. at the New Harvest Park Community Building (4775 New Harvest Lane); the second meeting is Thursday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m. at Farragut High School (11237 Kingston Pike ). The draft itself is available online through the Metropolitan Planning Commission's website, knoxmpc.org.