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East Nashville Community Plan

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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

Community Character policy updates are underway in Council District 5

house in affected areaFor the past several months, Planning staff members have been working with Councilmember Scott Davis and neighborhood residents to update Community Character policies in certain areas of District 5.

Those proposed policy changes were presented to community members at six events in October and early November, including meetings with the Maxwell Heights, Greenwood, Highland Heights, McFerrin Park, and East Hill neighborhood associations and a public open house.

The majority of the proposed policy changes in District 5 involve changing policy in certain areas from Urban Neighborhood Maintenance (T4 NM – established residential areas with minimal changes occurring) to Urban Neighborhood Maintenance (T4 NE – residential areas with large lot or vacant properties where growth is occurring and the area can accommodate a range of housing types).

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.

All of these proposed changes are currently scheduled to go before the Planning Commission during the January 12, 2017, regular meeting.

The East Hill Neighborhood Association is discussing changing their policy from Urban Neighborhood Evolving (T4 NE) to Urban Neighborhood Maintenance (T4 NM).

Related links

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

To submit comments or ask questions, please email either Anita McCaig at  or Marty Sewell at

The DEADLINE to submit comments is Friday, December 9.

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 Jason Swaggart 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.

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