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Community Character Manual

Community Character Manual

The Community Character Manual (CCM), originally adopted by the Planning Commission in August 2008 and most recently updated in summer 2015, is the dictionary of all Community Character Policies to be used in community planning in Nashville and Davidson County.

The draft CCM as approved by the Planning Commission and the Planning Commission's amendments to the original draft are linked here. A final version of the document is being prepared, and will be posted on this page in late August.

CCM provides detailed policy guidance for the built environment; these design principles include access, building form and site design, connectivity, landscaping, lighting, parking, and signage.

The Community Character approach to policy is based on the look and feel of neighborhoods, centers, corridors and open spaces. It sets general guidelines for the form of the built environment in seven different classifications, or "transect categories," ranging from untouched natural land to intense urban centers.

The "CCM" has three main functions:

  • To explain and institute the Community Character Policies that are applied in each Community Plan
  • To provide direction for the creation of implementation tools such as zoning
  • To help shape or preserve the form and character of open space, neighborhoods, centers, corridors and districts within a community

The Community Character Manual is a living document, and can be amended to reflect the community's changing needs and goals.