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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 November 12 regular meeting.

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

NashvilleNext update: transportation and other issues

photo of planner speaking to Planning CommissionNashvilleNext planner Greg Claxton outlined NashvilleNext's progress and upcoming initiatives in a presentation to the Planning Commission on October 8.

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:

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

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Review of the Capital Improvements Budget (CIB)photo of 46th Ave. roundabout

The Planning Department is working to improve the capital planning process to promote effective, efficient spending, transparency and alignment with long-term community goals.

Planner Greg Claxton briefed the Planning Commission on that initiative during the Commission’s August 13 meeting.

Tools to Promote Housing Affordabilityphoto of home construction

Both 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.

The Planning Department is currently working with a consultant team which will conduct a feasibility study to identify appropriate policy direction. The Planning Department will also work closely with the Metropolitan Council, housing advocates, the development industry, and the business community to ensure their inclusion in the policy process.

The feasibility study will guide the Planning Department in creating regulations and tools. The Planning Commission will make recommendations to the Council on those regulations and tools.

Updates on the study will be posted here. 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 Studyphoto 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.

Check back for updates on the Music Row inventory (underway now) and the plan for community conversations. Meanwhile, read about the vision and goals established in NashvilleNext for Arts, Culture and Creativity; Economic and Workforce Development; and historic preservation as found in the Health and Livability chapter.

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 November 12.

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 and subdivision regulations revisions

The Planning Commission will consider Whites Creek policies and Subdivision Regulations revisions December 10; draft Rural Character Subdivision Regulations and example diagrams now posted.

Map showing affected properties in Whites CreekPlanning staff is continuing to work on revisions to the Subdivision Regulations to include guidance for Rural policy areas. In order to continue refinements and allow time for public review prior to the Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting, the policies for the 11 areas of interest in Whites Creek, along with the revisions to the Subdivision Regulations, are being deferred until the December 10 MPC meeting. Example development diagrams will be posted soon.

The first document linked below includes Community Character policies currently in effect on the affected properties, a comparison chart of existing and proposed policies, and policies which were in the Community Character manual for these properties as of June 22, when the Commission approved the NashvilleNext long-range general plan.

Overview of Community Character policies for the deferred properties

The document linked below was presented to the Planning Commission on June 22. It provides the background on planning for rural character in Whites Creek.

Presentation to the Planning Commission

Draft Rural Character Subdivision Regulations

Draft Rural Character subdivision regulations

Example development diagrams

Share your questions and comments through our Rural Character Subdivisions online survey form or comment on the regulations by email

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