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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.

25 Years of Service

Planning Commission chairman Jim McLean presents an award to planner Cindy WoodThe Planning Commission thanked Community Plans planner Cindy Wood for her 25 years of service during the August 27 meeting. Chairman Jim McLean presented her with a pin and a certificate.

Planning Commission adds November meetingphoto of Planning Commission meeting

The Planning Commission will meet on November 19, in addition to the previously scheduled November 12 meeting. Filing deadline for that meeting is October 8, and a draft agenda and staff reports will be posted on our Meetings, Deadlines, and Hearings page on November 13.

Revised Planning Commission meeting schedule

Capital Improvements Budget: Advancing the Process

At the Metropolitan Council's direction, the Planning Department is working to improve the capital planning process to promote effective, efficient spending, transparency, and alignment with long-term community goals. Planner Greg Claxton briefed the Planning Commission on that initiative during the August 13 meeting.

photo of planner speaking at planning commission meeting, includes link to video

Planning Commission will consider Whites Creek policies November 12Map showing affected properties in Whites Creek

Commissioners voted August 13 to defer action on a proposed amendment to the Bordeaux-Whites Creek Community Plan until November 12.

The first document linked below includes Community Character policies currently in effect on the affected properties, a comparison chart of existing and proposed policies, and policies which were in the Community Character manual for these properties as of June 22, when the Commission approved the NashvilleNext long-range general plan.

Overview of Community Character policies for the deferred properties

The document linked below was presented to the Planning Commission on June 22. It provides the background on planning for rural character in Whites Creek.

Presentation to the Planning Commission

NashvilleNext final version is on the wayNashvilleNext logo

The Planning Commission unanimously approved the NashvilleNext long-range plan on June 22, including several amendments - those amendments are currently being added to the draft NashvilleNext document, and the plan as approved by the Commission will be posted here soon.

Details and the draft NashvilleNext plan are online at

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.

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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