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Historic Zoning Design Guideline Consolidation Project

The Historic Zoning Commission recently received funding from the Tennessee Historical Commission for a design guideline consolidation project. The project will take between January 2019 and September 30, 2019.

The Design Guidelines Consolidation Project includes two main components. One is to consolidate all the neighborhood conservation design guidelines into one basic set of design guidelines, with individual chapters for each district. All of the neighborhood conservation design guidelines are already very similar but the consolidation will provide an opportunity to reorganize and add clarifying language. The goal is to provide clarity to users of the document. The second component is to create new design guidelines and a plans book for outbuildings, that provide more flexibility in terms of size and design and clearer guidance.


The process will include regular meetings with stakeholders who will provide regular information and updates to property owners in their districts. Council members have appointed the stakeholders from each overlay that is located within their respective district. Regular updates can also be found on this page.

The commission has hired a consultant to create the outbuilding plans book and make recommendations regarding the design guidelines, in terms of outbuildings.


A first draft of the combined design guidelines part I and part II for individual chapters is now available for comments. A summary presentation of the combined guidelines (July 15, 2019) and a summary of the individual chapters are also available.

Comment on the design guideline consolidation using Padlet. On Padlet you can see the thoughts of others, comment on their ideas or post your own.

Take our outbuilding design survey.

Comments can also be sent to

Stakeholder and Community Meeting Notes



This project is funded under a grant contract with the State of Tennessee and funding from the Metro Historical Commission Foundation and with assistance of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University.