Throughout the planning process of Chattanooga Village, activists have worried about flooding and water drainage.
The big debate: Will the 190 acre development make things worse?
City engineer Bill Payne says if the rezoning passes, the storm water management department will regulate the project.
"Primarily we're looking at erosion and sediment control, during construction and also look at how the storm water is handled in what we call push construction what's the water gonna where's the water gonna go afterward," said Payne.
Developer Duane Horton couldn't speak with us on camera but said he'll be putting in new standards beyond what the city requires.
Payne says he'll have to stick by them.
"If they have agreed to something in the condition of zoning then they have to meet that condition or the zoning itself would be invalid."
North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy Director Gregory Vickrey says it's not just about the amount of water runoff, but the quality of that water.
"100 million gallons or more increase in sediment and chemical storm water run off whenever there's a significant rain in the area. That's already exemplified by flooding," said Vickrey.
One new condition Horton says they will impliment is called Staged Retention.
Payne said, "It's a natural system that's a combination of soil type plants that you specifically plant in order to get that outcome of clean water instead of just discharging it with all the oils."
If developers do not meet up to standards, they will face a hefty fine or could even be issued a stop work order.
He said, "Its $5,000 per day, per violation. So it depends on how many violations they have, how many days they're in violation.