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Mayor's Workplace Challenge

The Planning Department achieved gold, silver, and gold status in the three categories of the 2014 Mayor's Workplace Challenge, a citywide public and private initiative supporting active and healthy environments, green operations and buildings, and volunteer service inside and outside the workplace.

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The Planning Department's responsibilities include working with local communities to create appropriate land-use policies and community plans, making recommendations to the Planning Commission on zoning decisions, and providing design services while supporting more sustainable development.

The Planning Department is located at 800 Second Avenue South in downtown Nashville, one block north of the 2nd/4th Avenue exit off I-40.

The "Preferred Future": what does it mean for me?

Map of downtown potential zoning and land usePlans for some areas would change significantly, others less so. We've prepared maps of each of Davidson County's fourteen planning districts, or "communities," and links to those appear below, along with several smaller areas within those communities and Powerpoint slides and notes from a presentation that planners have been making to community and business groups.

Overview of the draft Preferred Future

Proposed changes in the individual Community Plan areas

Amendment to 2015 filing schedule

As of noon on December 31, 2014, no new applications for community plan amendments will be accepted by the Planning Department until after the adoption of NashvilleNext, which is tentatively scheduled to take place in April 2015. This is not a moratorium on zone changes, subdivisions, PUDs, UDOs, or SPs. Applications for such changes will still be accepted and processed. Only amendments to the community plans (changes to the land use policy) will not be accepted.

During this period, Planning staff will evaluate zone change applications to see if they comply with the current, adopted Community Plan OR if the zone change application complies with the proposed land use policies - the policies that are proposed to be updated with NashvilleNext. If the proposed zone change complies with EITHER the existing, adopted land use policies or with the proposed policies, then Planning staff may recommend approval to the Planning Commission.

If the proposed zone change does not comply with the existing, adopted land use policy or the land use policy recommended in NashvilleNext, then the Planning Commission may consider whether to direct staff to change the land use policy in the draft NashvilleNext document.

Why temporarily halt applications for amendments to the Community Plans?

Planning Department staff are currently leading the NashvilleNext planning process - creating a plan for Nashville's growth, development, and preservation for the coming 25 years. Community Plan amendments require substantial staff time for review and community input. Temporarily halting applications for amendments to Community Plans allows Planning staff to focus on NashvilleNext.

Also, the NashvilleNext plan will include updated Community Plans with updated land use policies. Planning will create a "static draft" of these updated land use policies for the community - property owners, business owners, developers - to comment on. By halting applications for amendments to the Community Plans, Planning staff can create a static draft - no ongoing changes - that the entire community can respond to.

Will the fact that I can't file my amendment to the community plan slow down my zone change application?

No. Zone change applications can still be filed on the regular filing schedule and will still be reviewed per the existing Metro departmental review.

Where can I find the static draft of the NashvilleNext community plans with updated land use policies?

A detailed, interactive map of current and proposed policies is being prepared and will be posted here.

What you - and thousands of others - picked

Cover of Pick Nashville's Future results report

In person, online, through social media, and at dozens of presentations and community meetings - we received over 4700 comments on three potential "Futures" for our community during the "Pick Nashville's Future" phase of NashvilleNext, and on the issues and values which are most important to community members.

Our new "Pick Your Nashville Results" report includes those comments and detailed analysis.

Read or download the entire Pick Your Nashville Results report

Looking aheadphoto of speaker at Planning Commission meeting

Planning Department special projects director Jennifer Carlat outlined goals and procedures for NashvilleNext's implementation at the December 11 Planning Commission meeting.

NashvilleNext so far - share your thoughts

The "Preferred Future," a potential long-term direction for Nashville and Davidson County based on over 15,000 community inputs over more than two years of planning and public input, is currently online for public review.

NashvilleNext planner Greg Claxton explains the Preferred Future in a short video

A longer and more detailed description of the Preferred Future and the community-focused process which led to it

Take our online survey on potential changes

Preferred Future map

Questions? Comments? Email NashvilleNext here

Photo of table discussion at community meetingNashvilleNext "Community Conversations"

Videos of speakers' presentations and related discussions over the past few months, with reports prepared by expert teams of community volunteers.

Summary of infill text amendments

We've prepared a basic summary of recent infill text amendments and how they were created.

"I'm in!"NashvilleNext logo

Community leaders explain why they're involved in NashvilleNext, a process to generate a new, long-term plan for Nashville and Davidson County.

NashvilleNext update: how progress might happen

We're in the latter stages of a three-year initiative to create a comprehensive, countywide plan - and so far, the community response has been remarkably strong. Public input is continuing into this winter, as planners and community members present a "preferred future" for our city and community.

More information about NashvilleNext, and ways to get involved as the process moves forward, are linked from our NashvilleNext page.