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NashvilleNext - Moving Forward

NashvilleNext logoNashvilleNext is a plan created by Nashvillians to guide how and where we grow in the coming 25 years. On June 22, 2015, the Metro Planning Commission unanimously adopted NashvilleNext after three years of community engagement involving over 18,500 participants. Community Character policies affecting several properties in Whites Creek are still under review, with the Planning Commission scheduled to consider those policies at the May 26, 2016 regular meeting.

NashvilleNext is Nashville’s plan – and we've already started making it happen!

Implementation: Carrying Out the Plan

NashvilleNext brought thousands of Nashvillians together to consider what changes the city is facing and what our needs and aspirations are as a city. NashvilleNext established a vision and outlined goals, policies, and future actions.

The issues facing Nashville and Davidson County are complex, and many topics will need further study and more input from community members.

NashvilleNext is being implemented by Metro Planning and other Metro departments, by the private sector, and through the work of non-profits. Here are some of the efforts under way that could benefit from your input:


nMotion logoThe Metro Transit Authority’s update of its strategic plan for transit in Nashville/ Davidson County and the region.

nMotion website

Review of the Capital Improvements Budget (CIB)

photo of 46th Ave. roundaboutThe Planning Department is working to improve the capital planning process to promote effective, efficient spending, transparency and alignment with long-term community goals.

The FY2016-17 to FY2021-22 Capital Budget was presented to the Planning Commission on April 28, 2016, and approved by a 5-0-1 vote.

Powerpoint slides from a February 29 presentation to a joint meeting of the Metropolitan Council's Budget & Finance and Planning, Zoning, & Historical Committees

Tools to Promote Housing Affordability

photo of home constructionBoth the Metropolitan Council and the more than 18,500 local participants who contributed to the NashvilleNext process have identified housing affordability as a key factor in our future growth and livability. The Council has also directed the Planning Department to take the lead in the preparation of new regulations and tools aimed at ensuring that housing is attainable to every Nashvillian, at every income level.

More information on that initiative is posted on our Inclusionary Housing Feasibility and Policy Study page.

NashvilleNext's research and vision on housing includes:

Housing - one of the seven elements of the NashvilleNext plan

Combined Action Plan - includes proposed action on Housing and the other six elements

Equitable Development report - from a study team led by Dr. James Fraser of Vanderbilt University

Music Row Study

photo of Music Row construction In the face of increasing redevelopment on famed Music Row, the Metro Planning Commission recommended deferring zone change requests and asked the Planning Department to conduct an inventory of the cultural, artistic and historic resources of Music Row and lead a conversation on future growth and preservation of Music Row.

Community meetings are currently underway, and details of the Music Row initiative's progress are provided on our Music Row Community Meetings page.

NashvilleNext adopted plan

NashvilleNext is a long-range plan for Nashville's future, intended to guide growth, development, and preservation in our city over the next 25 years.

The adopted NashvilleNext plan includes all amendments approved by the Planning Commission, excepting Community Character policies affecting certain properties in Whites Creek. The Planning Commission is scheduled to consider those policies on May 26, 2016.

Contact NashvilleNext staff by email, by phone at (615) 862-NEXT, and in person at upcoming meetings and presentations.

Community Outreach & Supporting Materialsphoto of conversation at community meeting

The NashvilleNext process has been based on community vision and input, with nearly twenty thousand community members sharing their thoughts and suggestions online and in person at over four hundred meetings, briefings, events, and public conversations.

Our Community Outreach page provides background information on many of the issues affecting NashvilleNext and our community's long-term future.

Whites Creek policies

Policy recommendations for the outstanding areas in Whites Creek have been recommended for deferral until May 26, 2016.

The first document linked below is a presentation that was made at a workshop of the Planning Commission and updated for the December 10 Planning Commission meeting. The second document linked below is a spreadsheet that summarizes recommendations.

Currently, the only change to these materials since December 10 is that staff is not recommending any special policies for these areas.

Whites Creek Areas of Interest and Policy Recommendations

Land Use Data for MPC Whites Creek Deferred Properties