An Ordinance to amend various sections of Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code to refine standards of the alternative zoning districts relating to building placement and bulk standards (Proposal No. 2011Z-007TX-002).

WHEREAS, the alternative zoning districts were created to fulfill a need for non-site plan based zoning districts to implement the bulk standards necessary to create the walkable communities envisioned by the citizens of Davidson County through the general plan and after having been in place and tested, further refinements are necessary;

WHEREAS, encouraging and fostering development and reinvestment that promotes alternative modes of transportation such as walking, bicycling and transit are important to enhancing the quality of the life of the citizens of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County; and

WHEREAS, the Major and Collector Street Plan (MCSP) and the Alternative Zoning Districts (AZDs) have a similar purpose - to create strong, welcoming streetscapes in urban settings, with safe, appropriately wide sidewalks, but when combined they can create situations where a redundant amount of streetscape is created; therefore, on MCSP streets within AZDs if the existing sidewalk and planting strip, or the sidewalk and planting strip proposed by the associated development plan, meets the standard of the MCSP, then it is appropriate for the build-to-zone required by the AZDs be reduced to give developers the flexibility to build up to the sidewalk.


Section 1. That Section Table 17.12.020 D (Alternative Zoning District Bulk Standards) Note 4.a. of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by inserting a new sentence at the end:
“If the existing sidewalk and planting strip, or the sidewalk and planting strip proposed by the final site plan, meet the standard of the Major and Collector Street Plan, then the build-to zone may be 0'- 15' from the standard right-of-way line.”

Section 2. That Section Table 17.12.020 D (Alternative Zoning District Bulk Standards Table) is hereby amended by removing reference in the Max FAR column in RM9-A and RM15-A to “Note 8.” This reference to “Note 8” is a typographical error.

Section 3. That Tables 17.12.020 A (Single-Family and Two Family Dwellings) is amended to ensure that appropriate standards are applied to single-family and two-family development in the alternative zoning districts by inserting, “, RM9-A” after RM9, “, RM15-A” after RM15, “, RM20-A” after RM20, “, OR20-A” after OR20, “, RM40-A” after RM40, “, MUN-A” after MUN,”, “, MUL-A” after MUL”, “, MUGL-A” after MUG” “, MUI-A” after MUI”, “, OR40-A” after OR40”, and “, ORI-A” after ORI”.

Section 4. That Section 17.12.060 F. 1 (Special Height Regulations for All Uses Within the Urban Zoning Overlay District) is amended by inserting, “or the maximum heights specified in Table 17.12.020 D,” after “and 17.12.020 C,” to ensure that the existing procedure available to all uses within the Urban Zoning Overlay for exceeding maximum permitted heights also apply to the Alternative Zoning Districts.

Section 5 That Section 17.12.070 (Special floor area ratio (FAR) provisions) of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by inserting “and MUI-A” after “MUI”, “and ORI-A” after “ORI” to ensure that all FAR bonuses available to the MUI and ORI districts are available to the MUI-A and ORI-A districts.

Section 6. That this Ordinance shall take effect five (5) days from and after its passage and such change be published in a newspaper of general circulation, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Phil Claiborne


Madam President:

I move to amend Ordinance No. BL2012-183 by modifying it as follows:

By deleting “may” in Section 1 and replacing it with “shall”.

By deleting “MUGL-A” in Section 3 and replacing it with “MUG-A” and by inserting the following new footnote at the end of Section 3:

“Note 3: Single-family and two-family dwellings in the RM9-A, RM15-A, RM20-A, RM40-A, OR20-A, OR40-A, ORI-A, MUN-A, MUL-A, MUG-A and MUI-A shall use the build-to zone standards listed in Table 17.12.020D.”

Sponsored by: Phil Claiborne


Introduced: June 5, 2012
Passed First Reading: June 5, 2012
Referred to: Planning Commission
Planning & Zoning Committee
Passed Second Reading: July 3, 2012
Amended: July 17, 2012
Passed Third Reading: July 17, 2012
Approved: July 19, 2012
By: mayor's signature
Effective: July 23, 2012