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Community Character Manual

Community Character Manual

The Community Character Manual (CCM), approved unanimously by the Planning Commission in August 2008 and last amended on October 25, 2012, is the dictionary of all Community Character Policies to be used in future planning in Nashville and Davidson County. The CCM began replacing the older 2004 land use policy document, the Land Use Policy Application (LUPA), as community plans were updated. Madison, North Nashville, West Nashville, Bellevue, and Antioch-Priest Lake Community Plans were updated using the CCM's Community Character policies.

For the remaining 9 community plans still using the older LUPA policies, in April 2014, the Metro Planning Commission approved a “translation” of each of the older policies to their corresponding new policy in the Community Character Manual (CCM). This was a direct translation with no changes in substance, which allows all communities to be guided by the same policy language for daily development review. With the adoption of the CCM translation, now those plans can take advantage of CCM’s detailed policy guidance for the built environment (these design principles include access, building form, connectivity, density/intensity, landscaping, lighting, parking, and signage). Each policy in the older plans has been translated to its corresponding CCM policy. Any existing Special Policies or Detailed Land Use Policies were carried forward for the nine community plans that were translated in April.

The "Community Character" approach to policy is based on the "look and feel" of neighborhoods, centers, corridors and open spaces. It sets general guidelines for the form of the built environment in seven different classifications, or "transect categories," ranging from untouched natural land to intense urban centers.

The "CCM" has three main functions:

  • To explain and institute the Community Character Policies that will be applied in each Community Plan;
  • To provide direction for the creation of implementation tools such as zoning; and
  • To help shape the form and character of open space, neighborhoods, centers, corridors and districts within a community.

The Community Character Manual is a living document, and can be amended to reflect the community's changing needs and goals. Details of that process are found in the CCM Fact Sheet.

The CCM

Certified copy of entire manual

Chapters

Cover, resolutions, and table of contents

Introduction

General Principles

Conservation Policy

T1 Natural

T2 Rural

T3 Suburban

T4 Urban

T5 Center

T6 Downtown

D District

Appendix

CCM Policy Translation

For the remaining 9 community plans still using the older LUPA policies, in April 2014, the Metro Planning Commission approved a “translation” of each of the older policies to their corresponding new policy in the Community Character Manual (CCM).

Frequently asked questions

Notes on the translation

Map showing CCM community plans