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Music Row Community Meetings

Working Toward a Music Row Code

Planners and community members continue to discuss a possible updated zoning code which would address Music Row's unique nature.

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Materials from the November 28 stakeholders' meeting

The Metro Planning Department, consultant Economic & Planning Systems, Inc., and the National Trust for Historic Preservation provided an update to stakeholders on ongoing work to produce tools to implement an overall vision for the preservation and enhancement of the Music Row District.

November 28 Powerpoint presentation

Materials from the May 2 stakeholders' meeting

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Planners and stakeholders discussed how a potential Design Review Committee might be formed.

May 2 Powerpoint presentation - contains the steps and purpose of a possible Music Row Code, and results of the April 4 visioning exercises.

Exercise 1: Potential Design Review Committee membership

Exercise 2: How the Committee might review applications

Stakeholder responses to the Exercise 1 and 2 topics

Materials from the April 4 stakeholders' meeting

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April 4 Powerpoint presentation - contains an overview of the process for creating a Music Row Code, including timeline, steps, and benefits.

Form-Based Code fact sheet - a one-page flyer with basic information on Form-Based Codes and a glossary of common terms.

Current and Proposed Zoning Maps - These illustrate current zoning compared to a proposed zoning map for a Music Row Code. The proposed zoning reflects policy adopted on December 8, 2016.

Exercise Boards

  1. Identifying the Purpose and Function of Music Row - stakeholders were asked to formalize the objectives of a Music Row Code, and to identify future land uses which would better facilitate its function as a viable creative and commercial business district.
  2. Identifying Character-Defining Elements for a Music Row Code - stakeholders were asked to complete a visual preference survey identifying existing elements that provide character along Music Row.
  3. Incentives for NR and NRE Properties - stakeholders were asked to brainstorm incentives that property owners could use to protect National Register and National Register-eligible properties, including the use of Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs).
  4. Results of the April 4 exercise board discussions

Music Row Detailed Design Plan provides future direction

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The Planning Commission approved the Plan on December 9, 2016.

Read the Music Row Detailed Design Plan

Possible tools and incentives discussed at District Summit

photo of speaker and audience at meetingTax credits and a separate Music Row Code were key topics at the Music Row Cultural Industry District Summit on October 6, where preservationists, planners, and Music Row stakeholders shared their thoughts on possible directions for Music Row’s future.  The slides below outline those and other topics.

The Summit was hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Music Row Neighborhood Association, Metro Planning Department, and Metro Historical Commission, with additional support from the Arts and Business Council.  Presenters included Carolyn Brackett and Tom Mayes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Doug Sloan and Stephanie McCullough of the Metro Planning Department; and Music Row Neighborhood Association chair Eddie Robba.

Meeting agenda

Powerpoint presentation

Summary of recommendations

"How the arts and culture sector catalyzes economic vitality" - a report from the American Planning Assn.

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Presentations and other materials from previous community meetings

January 11

December 2

November 10

October 26

Results of previous survey

During the November 10 community meeting, participants were asked to provide guidance to Planning Staff by prioritizing issues presented in seven categories. Results of that survey were presented at the December 2 public meeting.

"Finding Focus" Survey Results

Other surveys will be conducted as the plan moves forward. You can also email us your thoughts and comments.

Draft report on Music Row's history

"Telling Music Row's Story" was prepared by the Music Industry Coalition and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.