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What is a Community Plan?

Community plans are future planning documents adopted by the Metropolitan Planning Commission which describe the role each community plays in realizing the overall vision of the County - what residential, commercial, office and open space each community will house for the County.

Community plans establish a clear vision of the kind of place the community wants to be in the future balanced with sound planning principles to accommodate growth.

Community Plans provides a course of action to build the community that the stakeholders envision. They include land use policy, which guides future decisions on zone change and subdivisions, and infrastructure recommendations such as the placement of roads, sidewalks, parks, etc.

Community plans are prepared by the Metro Planning Department in cooperation with residents, business owners, institutional representatives and developers.

Click on any of the community links below to learn more about each of the fourteen communities and their local plans.

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How often are community plans updated?

Community plans are generally updated every five to ten years, in a participatory process that includes a broad spectrum of community representatives and is open to the public.

How are the plans used?

The community, the Planning Department, the Metro Planning Commission and Metro Council use each plan as a starting point to discuss public and private investment in the area, including proposed zoning changes, subdivisions, and public facilities (roads, sidewalks, greenways, schools, etc.).

What is the difference between land use policies and zoning?

Land use policies represent professional planning principles applied to Nashville/Davidson County and residents' vision of how they want the city to grow. Community members help determine an area's land use policy through the Community Plan Update Process. After the Community Plan Update is approved by the Metro Planning Commission and the Metro Council, the land use policy it includes becomes the foundation of zoning and subdivision choices. The Land Development and Design Division of the Planning Department refers to the land use policy in the Community Plan Update as they make recommendations to the Metro Planning Commission on whether to approve or disapprove zoning and subdivision decisions.

How can I prepare for community plan update meetings?

  1. Take time to think about your community's existing role in the County and what you want the community to be like in the future.
  2. Call your neighbors to invite them to a meeting.
  3. Prepare your ideas, questions, and concerns to be expressed at the meeting. You might think about what areas of your community should be residential, office, commercial, industrial and parks? Are there areas, streets or corridors that need special attention? What are some specific uses or opportunities you would like to have in your community (For example: More shopping? A community center? More parks? More offices?)
  4. Write down the ideas, questions, and concerns of others who can't attend a meeting to be sure they are included.

How can my community group help lead initiatives?

First, community groups help to make sure that residents, business owners, and property owners know about and participate in making the community plan.

Second, after the plan is established, community groups also serve as frontline organizations in ensuring that the community continues its role as the plan is implemented by keeping track of zone changes, subdivision applications and other development coming to the area.