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East Nashville Community Plan

county map with the East Nashville community highlighted

The East Nashville Community Plan was most recently updated in 2015 as part of the NashvilleNext long-range planning process.

All of the Planning Department's fourteen Community Plans are guided by the Community Character Manual, a document which provides detailed policy guidance based on the look and feel of neighborhoods, centers, corridors and open spaces.

The East Nashville Community Plan

2017 NashvilleNext Update

The 2017 update of the entire NashvilleNext plan is currently in progress. It includes reorganization and streamlining of Community Plans to focus on each community's role in Davidson County, the region, and the Growth and Concept Map, as well as its Community Character Policies.

A public hearing will be held during the August 24 Planning Commission meeting.

For more information about the East Nashville Community Plan, please contact:

Marty Sewell
Metropolitan Planning Department
800 2nd Avenue South
PO Box 193600
Nashville, TN 37219-6300

Community Character policy updates are underway in Council District 5

house in affected area

On January 12, 2017, the Planning Commission voted to approve several Community Character policies in Council district 5. That vote came after several months of discussion among neighborhood residents, Councilmember Scott Davis, and Planning staff members.

Remember that policy is not zoning. Policy serves as guidance for planners when reviewing zone change requests and subdivision requests. Changing policy for an area does not change the existing zoning for those properties.

Community Character policy changes as approved January 12, 2017 (2017CP-005-002)

Policy Changes for East Hill/Maynor Place neighborhoods

On February 23, 2017, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to update the Community Character policies for the East Hill and Maynor Place neighborhoods from Urban Neighborhood Evolving (T4 NE) to Urban Neighborhood Maintenance (T4 NM).  Details of that change are in the staff reports for that meeting, beginning on page 46.

Related links

Community Character policies and what they mean - a short description
The Community Character Manual provides complete details about policy categories

If you have questions, please email either Anita McCaig at or Marty Sewell at

Gallatin Pike rezoning, UDO

The Metropolitan Council voted October 1, 2013, to approve rezoning various properties and a portion of property along Gallatin Pike, Gallatin Avenue, and Main Street between South 5th Street and Briley Parkway from MUG, CS, CL, OR20, RS5, T6, OL, SP, RS10, and RS7.5 to MUG-A, MUL-A and OR20-A, and to apply an Urban Design Overlay (UDO) over that same area. That new zoning and UDO support the community’s vision of a more pedestrian- and transit-oriented corridor, as described in the East Nashville Community Plan; the Council's action follows approval by the Planning Commission on September 26.

  • MUG-A, or Mixed Use General-Alternative, allows a moderately high-intensity mixture of residential, retail, and office uses.
  • MUL-A, or Mixed Use Limited Alternative, allows a less intense mixture of residential, retail, and office.
  • OR20-A, or Office Residential Alternative, allows a combination of office and residential uses at up to 20 units per acre.

For more information on the Gallatin Pike Urban Design Overlay, please contact Latisha Birkeland at 615-862-7161.

Maps and land use tables

Institutional Overlay

The Nashville Auto-Diesel College Institutional Overlay, was adopted on April 8, 2006. Institutional Overlays provide development rules for specific areas and work in cooperation with existing residential zoning. Nashville Auto-Diesel College became Lincoln College of Technology's Nashville campus in 2012.

For more information about the Nashville Auto-Diesel College Institutional Overlay, please contact Patrick Napier at 615-862-7153.