County Planning Committee Votes Against Ooltewah Tiny Home Community

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – It looks like a tiny home community won’t be making its way to the Ooltewah area any time soon, after the Hamilton County Planning Committee voted against the new development.

Tensions ran high as more than a hundred community members filled the Hamilton County Courthouse Monday afternoon to voice their concerns over the project, “I’m all about helping the homeless community, but I cannot see this as being a sustainable project,” said one local resident.

Mustard Tree Ministries wanted to use their 20-acre Snow Hill farm to build a cluster of up to 33 tiny homes, providing low-cost housing and food for those rebuilding their lives. But residents who have lived in that area for years are worried about what the new development might do to property values, and the safety of their community.

“I think it’s misinformation,” said Mustard Tree board member, Mike Purcell, “I think they don’t understand, and I think that sometimes we fear the unknown.”

Regardless of today’s outcome, Purcell said they’re not giving up. The ministry plans to take their proposal before the Hamilton County Commission June 15th.

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