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Community Plans

Community PlansThe Community Plans & Design Division updates and amends Community Plans for the fourteen large planning communities within Metro Nashville-Davidson County, and for neighborhoods, corridors, and other smaller study areas within them. Community planning in Nashville is a collaborative process, involving the Metro Planning department staff working with community stakeholders to develop the community and small area plans. This process seeks to balance the often competing needs of a wide variety of stakeholders to arrive at a common community vision, and then to apply sound planning principles to develop plans that foster sustainable community development and preservation. 

Our approach to that task includes:

  • Engaging all stakeholders
  • Balancing economic, environmental and community needs
  • Creating development that will be beneficial both today and in the future
  • Considering regional impacts of growth and preservation

The fourteen community plans are each updated every seven to ten years, in a process that involves visioning, goal-setting, applying and tailoring "community character policies" that are used to guide the form and character of future development throughout the community, developing open space and multi-modal transportation plans, and establishing an implementation strategy.

Plans for smaller areas, generally referred to as "Detailed Design Plans," are typically undertaken for areas where development pressure or other indicators of impending or desired change are present. These plans are often requested by a District Council Member and are developed in conjunction with one or more implementation actions, particularly zoning changes.

Key to the acronyms and map colors used to describe policy areas

For more information about the Community Plans Division, please contact Kathryn Withers, Community Plans Division Manager, at (615)862-7193.

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