Lookout for Smart Growth
To: The Lookout Mountain, Georgia City Council We, as citizens of Lookout Mountain, believe the City Council has before it an extraordinary opportunity to support community growth. We are concerned about a new “Planned Unit Development”(PUD) ordinance and want to ensure that any ordinance put before the Council embraces a long range community vision. We also want to ensure that it mitigates or protects the community from unintended consequences of development such as traffic congestion, higher taxes, and loss of significant natural resources. Before a PUD ordinance is voted on, we want meaningful involvement and collaboration among a land planner, citizens, officials, property owners and developers to produce a comprehensive plan with complementary zoning ordinances. Merely holding a hearing on the proposed PUD ordinance without more extensive community involvement and without hiring a land planner is not acceptable. We ask that the City Council, before passing this zoning ordinance, hire an experienced professional land planner who is independent of the Council and not affiliated with any current development plans. We want this planner to investigate the best approach for the future development of Lookout Mountain. Many studies show that well planned growth provides a win-win situation for property owners, citizens, and developers by increasing land values and creating even more desirable communities.