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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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Metro Planning Department

About the Planning Department

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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.

We're a "Bike Friendly Business"photo of bikes in bike rack

The Planning Department's one of 11 local businesses newly recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as "bike friendly" - that recognition goes to businesses and government/nonprofit agencies which promote a bike-positive culture for employees and visitors.

Draft plan review sessions continue April 27photo of discussion at community meeting

Nearly two hundred community members have discussed the NashvilleNext draft plan during three public review sessions this week, and two more meetings next Monday will be great opportunities to look over the plan and talk about it with our planners, informally and in small groups.

Those open, drop-in discussions will be held Monday, April 27, from 5-7 pm at the Madison Police Precinct, 400 Myatt Drive, and at the Bellevue branch library, 720 Baugh Road

Questions? Comments? Email us!

Now online: the NashvilleNext draft plancover of NashvilleNext draft plan

A draft NashvilleNext plan, the result of three years of planning work and community outreach, is now posted on our NashvilleNext main page for public review and comment.

Your input is always welcome by email, by phone at (615) 862-NEXT, and in person at upcoming public meetings and presentations.

Map defines Music Row actionMap of Music Row area

The Metropolitan Planning Commission voted Feb. 12 to recommend deferral or disapproval of any rezoning request on Music Row for the next 12-18 months, to allow time for development of a design plan for that community.

That action applies to lots fronting on 16th or 17th Avenues between the Demonbreun Street roundabout and Wedgewood Avenue.

Map of the area affected by the Commission's decision

The design plan would include input from all interested parties, including property owners, developers, residents, the music industry and all interested in the future of the area. Development of that plan would begin in June, after the NashvilleNext process is complete.

The Planning Commission calls upon the Metropolitan Council to support this initiative, and upon the community to actively engage in the process of setting a vision for Music Row.

The current intense and unprecedented demand for development throughout the city and Music Row in particular raise the real possibility that Music Row’s iconic role and importance will be completely lost, and the Planning Commission, based on work done during NashvilleNext, has determined that now is the time to create a plan which will address those issues and support Music Row’s unique and invaluable character.

Amendment to 2015 filing schedule

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 June 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.

"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.

More information on Nashville Ready Mix

Our Nashville Ready Mix page provides supplemental information on a proposed amendment to the Bordeaux-Whites Creek Community Plan and a proposed rezoning at 1311 and 1325 Vashti Street.