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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. 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

Now online: the NashvilleNext draft plancover of NashvilleNext draft plan

A draft NashvilleNext plan, the result of three years of planning work and community outreach, is now posted on our NashvilleNext main page for public review and comment.

Your input is always welcome by email, by phone at (615) 862-NEXT, and in person at upcoming public meetings and presentations.