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Collegedale Planning Council considering rezoning of large farmhouse for residential development

The Collegedale Planning Commission will hear a rezoning application for a 408-acre portion of a 550-acre property for sale on Edgmon Road at 6 p.m. Monday at Collegedale Town Hall.

The property, which includes Hidden Hills Farm & Saddle Club, is now zoned for agriculture.

EAH Acquisitions, an Atlanta subsidiary of Canadian homebuilders Empire Communities, is applying to rezone the property to single-family residence for a planned unit development.

In June, Collegedale town commissioners voted unanimously to annex the property at the behest of majority owner Don Chastain of Grindstone Enterprises to connect the property to town services. Commissioner Ethan White was absent.

The proposed residential development includes 443 single family homes and 148 townhouses.

City planning staff recommended approval of the rezoning application, with conditions including installation of sewer infrastructure by the developer and a maximum density of 1.45 units per acre.

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Some area residents want the property’s use to remain agricultural, citing reasons such as increased traffic and overdevelopment in the area.

“In my opinion, this is absolutely one of the finest properties in the Collegedale-Ooltewah area, so it makes me sad that they want to develop this,” Collegedale resident Brooke Hold said by phone Friday.

Her daughter took horseback riding lessons in Hidden Hills, and she said the area has seen incredible growth since she moved there 13 years ago.

“Every time I drive somewhere in the area there’s a new subdivision,” Hold said. “It just seems to me that we are building our roads, the traffic is terrible, it’s a lot for our current situation.

“The roads aren’t growing, but the population is definitely growing. I love this property and I hate to see it become a big development. Also, I don’t see how Edgmon Road and Old Lee Highway can handle a big development.”

Teresa Jones, whose daughter has taken lessons and works on the farm, said the property is an asset to the area in its current use.

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“The development of the land there will cause a huge increase in traffic in an already congested area,” she said via Facebook Messenger. “I just don’t see why they would be willing to sacrifice such beautiful, productive and community-positive land and business in order to build another subdivision.”

Tara Hills, whose uncle owns a controlling interest in the property, operates Hidden Hills Farm with her husband, Mike Hills. She and three other family members own equal shares of the property, which is larger than the 550 acres for sale.

Mike Hills said in a phone interview that the area’s sewage system was already overwhelmed by the addition of the Misty Valley subdivision south of the Hidden Hills property boundary, and roads are not unable to handle the traffic that a new subdivision would bring. despite the recent addition of a traffic light at Edgmon Road and Old Lee Highway.

“Put 500 new houses on that road, and those turning lanes clearly won’t be able to handle that in any way,” he said, adding that the extra cars in the subdivision would likely affect traffic all the way. at the traffic light at Ooltewah-Georgetown Road.

Contact Emily Crisman at 423-757-6508 or [email protected]

Staff File Photo by Dave Flessner/The Collegedale Planning Commission is considering a rezoning application from an Atlanta subsidiary of a Canadian developer to put approximately 500 homes on agricultural land that includes Hidden Hills Farm & Saddle Club .