COLLEGEDALE, TN. (WDEF) - The city of Collegedale is getting ready for a period of unprecedented growth.
Leaders say that has to happen, because of its proximity to Volkswagen and Amazon, and homegrown industries like McKee Bakery, Little Debbie bakery and Southern Adventist University .
The planning is well underway.
Although the population is less than 10-thousand, Collegedale leaders took a big step and hired a professional planner.
They got Kelly Martin from the Regional Planning Agency.
The mood is, "Chattanooga is coming---we'd better get ready."
KELLY MARTIN, COORDINATOR, COLLEGEDALE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT "We'll talk about housing, connectivity, greenways, road infrastructure, commercial uses, that sort of thing to find out what we have, what we don't have, what we need...what we're doing well, what we need to do better."
The city has plenty of room to grow inside its boundaries.
MAYOR JOHN TURNER, COLLEGEDALE "We've chosen to embrace the growth..and manage it instead of it managing us. We feel like by doing that ..We can have a city we'll all be proud of...and a city that's user friendly, if you will."
But, there's a way to put the brakes on some growth.
DAVID BARTOW , CHAIR, COLLEGEDALE TOMORROW BOARD "We call them attractive restraints on the growth. That means if you're going to build to a certain level..you're not going to build something you'll have to abandon in 10 years."
City leaders and volunteers alike---are shooting high.
DAVID BARTOW "We're different in the fact we are planning and trying to turn Collegedale into that next Franklin, Brentwood, Tennessee and Overland Park, Kansas. To where its going to be a stand along city separate from Chattanooga."
KELLY MARTIN "I think Collegedale is primed to really grow..I don't think we've seen anything yet."