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.)
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.