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Downtown Community Plan

This Community Plan was previously updated using older policy categories that are no longer in use. In April 2014, the Metro Planning Commission approved a translation of each of the older policies to their corresponding new policy in the Community Character Manual (CCM).

Related policy information on interactive maps

After accepting the disclaimer, expand the “Layers” box to check the “Land Use Policy,” “Adopted Special Policy Areas,” and “Conservation” layers so that you can see any sensitive environmental features.

Special Policy and Detailed Policy areas within the Downtown Community Plan

About the Plan

Subarea 9 map

The Downtown Community Plan is one of fourteen community plans which guide growth and development in Davidson County. Each of those plans is updated every seven to ten years, and amended as necessary; the Downtown plan was adopted in February 2007; the certified copy below includes all amendments, appendices, and Detailed Neighborhood Design Plans through April 2014.

Downtown Community Plan

On August 14, 2008, the Planning Commission approved a new land-use document, the Community Character Manual, which replaces the Land Use Policy Application. The CCM will be used as community plans and amendments are updated in Subarea 9.

For more information on the Downtown Community Plan, please contact:

Stephanie McCullough
Metropolitan Planning Department
800 Second Avenue South, PO Box 196300
Nashville, TN 27219-6300
(615) 862-7163

The Downtown Code

The Downtown Code took effect February 10, 2010, and was last amended August 18, 2015. It applies form-based principles to shape growth and development in the city center, and includes the sign standards posted below.

Please contact Andrew Collins at or (615) 862-7207 for more information on the Downtown Code and its sign standards.

Downtown Code Sign Standards

The Planning Commission approved these standards on February 14, 2013, and the Metropolitan Council approved them on March 19, 2013; they took effect upon the adoption of a Council ordinance on April 2.

Downtown Code sign standards

SoBro Master Plan

The South of Broadway Strategic Master Plan was completed in January 2013.

SoBro Master Plan

Gateway Urban Design Overlay

The Planning Commission adopted the Gateway Urban Design Overlay in June, 2006. An Urban Design Overlay, or UDO, is a zoning tool which requires specific design standards for development in a designated area. A UDO is used to either protect the per-existing character of the area or to create a character that would not otherwise be ensured by the current development standards in the base zoning district. UDOs overlay the current base zoning and allow for development standards above and beyond those in the base zoning.

For more information on the Gateway UDO, please contact:

Andrew Collins
Design Studio
Metropolitan Planning Department
800 2nd Avenue South
PO Box 193600
Nashville, TN 37219-6300
(615) 862-7207