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Identifying our "Preferred Future"

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New report: Equitable Development

This report addresses community concerns, received during the NashvilleNext process, about affordable housing and gentrification.

It was prepared in cooperation with Vanderbilt University researchers, and draws from comments received during the June 30 Community Conversation, a listening session, and interviews with local and national experts on affordable housing.

Equitable Development report

photo of planner talking with community membersMaking policy decisions

We've just completed a summer-long series of 25 informal, drop-in discussions around Nashville and Davidson County, where community members reviewed three possible "futures" - ways our city and county might grow and develop.

Public input from those conversations is being included and considered as planners create a "preferred future" which will be ready for community review in October.

planner pointing at map25 "Lounges," over 4500 comments

Online, by text message, through community meetings, comment forms, and "Lounge" discussions - the Nashville community was both active and positive during this past summer, providing valuable input on the direction NashvilleNext, and our city and county, might take.

In the video below, planner Tifinie Capehart explains why those community connections are a vital part of the NashvilleNext planning process.

photo of planner Tifinie Capehart

"The success of this plan will depend on how well we engage the public..."

What are the "Futures"?city map

They're three choices, listed below, for how Nashville and Davidson County will grow and thrive over the next 25 years, based on community input we've gathered over the last year and a half.

All three include these basic facts and directions:

  • About 185,000 new residents and 326,000 new jobs in Davidson County by 2040
  • Smaller neighborhood centers in areas identified by Community Plans
  • No changes in existing property rights in Bells Bend.
  • No changes to the State Fairgrounds
  • The same level of frequent transit service between East Nashville and West End, and the same level of regional and commuter transit service in surrounding counties.
  • Metro street projects which have already been funded - for example, the Harding Place extension - will be built.

A brief summary of each Future

Short video explanations of each Future

Business as Usual: following current trends, with few interventions

Centers with Adjacent Infill: employment/business centers, with new housing nearby

Downtown and Pikes: new jobs and homes downtown and along the pikes

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Goals and Policies

Our "Resource Teams," expert panels of local volunteers, provide guidance and perspective to our planners as the NashvilleNext process moves forward. Each of our six Resource Teams has produced a set of Goals and Policies to draw upon as we move closer to a new General Plan for Nashville and Davidson County.

Arts, Culture, and Creativity

Education and Youth

Economics and Workforce Development

Health, Livability, and the Built Environment


Natural Resources and Hazard Adaptation


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