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NashvilleNext - Moving Forward

NashvilleNext logoNashvilleNext is a plan created by Nashvillians to guide how and where our community grows through 2040. On June 22, 2015, the Metro Planning Commission unanimously adopted NashvilleNext after three years of community engagement involving over 18,500 participants.

NashvilleNext is Nashville’s plan – and we're making it happen!

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 several approved May 26, 2016 affecting specific properties in Whites Creek.

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

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Community Outreach and Supporting Materials

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.

First NashvilleNext Annual Report highlights progress, accomplishments

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The NashvilleNext long-term plan, approved by the Planning Commission in June 2015, includes a requirement for an annual report outlining the plan's progress. The first annual report is linked below.

2016 NashvilleNext Annual Report

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

Details of the current budget and the capital budget process are on our Capital Improvements Budget Planning page.

Tools to Promote Housing Affordability

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On September 6, 2016, the Metro Council passed inclusionary housing legislation.

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.

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

NashvilleNext's research and vision on housing includes:

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 in early 2015 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.

That initiative led to the creation of a Music Row Detailed Design Plan, which was approved by the Planning Commission on December 9, 2016. The complete plan and other related documents are provided on our Music Row Community Meetings page.

Parks Master Plan

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"Plan to Play" is the countywide parks and greenways master plan.

Nashville WalkNBike

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The WalkNBike plan will improve walking and biking in Nashville, connecting people to opportunity on a network of high-quality, comfortable, and safe sidewalks and bikeways.