Consultant: State Should Better Regulate Plateau Development

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A consultant says the state needs to better regulate residential development on the Cumberland Plateau.

Contract consultant Daniel Carter, working with the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, says federal and state officials need to work with developers and foot the cost of providing water to what he calls "mini-cities" that are being built.

Carter says some developments are on tracts near 5,000 acres and government needs to decide how to get water to them, not only in time of drought.

Calling water the "only leverage," Carter says better regulation is needed and changing state water policy is important.

Rural Development area director Rickey Hickman says some of the suggestions Carter advanced might already be requirements.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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