The NashvilleNext planning process took longer than most, nearly three years, because of the unprecedented level of community involvement. A steering committee of community and Metro partners ensured that the process ran smoothly, and that it reflected the community's goals in four areas:
- Efficient Government
- Economic Development
A community engagement committee, made up of community leaders, ensured that the process reaches all local citizens, with special attention to groups which previously have been under-represented in civic processes - for example, minorities, youth, and senior citizens.
Resource teams, made up of community volunteers, provided advice and guidance based on their expertise in specific areas.
Metro Planning Department staff and contracted community engagement consultants administered the entire NashvilleNext initiativ. The final plan was written entirely by our own planners, providing a more localized, community-sensitive document and saving hundreds of thousands of dollars over the cost of hiring a consultant.