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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.

This Community Plan document is currently being edited. Planning staff will be working with communities through late 2014 as part of NashvilleNext to decide future areas of growth and preservation, and toupdate policies within each Community Plan as needed.

Special Policy and Detailed Policy areas within the Downtown Community Plan

NashvilleNext background information and meeting schedule

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.;

The Downtown Code

The Downtown Code took effect February 10, 2010, and was amended May 26, 2011, May 21, 2012, and April 2, 2013. This document includes the sign standards posted below.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to consider several proposed changes to the Code during its Ma7 28, 2015 regular meeting.

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 and the Downtown Community Plan, please contact:

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

Final NashvilleNext draft is online for public reviewcover of NashvilleNext draft plan

The Metropolitan Planning Department of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, has prepared a draft of a proposed long-range General Plan which would guide growth, development, and preservation through 2040.

That draft, supporting materials, and an online comment form are on the NashvilleNext main page at

Public hearing set for June 15

Prior to adoption of NashvilleNext, a public hearing discussing NashvilleNext will be held as part of a special called Planning Commission meeting at 3 pm Monday, June 15, 2015 in the Sonny West Conference Center in Metro’s Howard Office Building at 700 Second Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee.

After that hearing is completed and closed, the meeting will adjourn temporarily and resume in the same location at 1 pm on Monday, June 22, 2015; Commissioners will continue their discussion on NashvilleNext and may vote on the Plan at that time.

Questions and comments about the draft plan may be directed to Planning Department staff at 615/862-6398, by email at, and by postal mail at 800 Second Avenue South, PO Box 196300, Nashville, Tennessee 37219.