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Community Planning

Nashville uses Community Plans to guide future preservation and development decisions from zone changes to capital improvement projects like new roads and parks. Community planning in Nashville is a collaborative process where Planning Department staff work with the public to develop long range plans, neighborhoods, center, and corridors. The community planning process attempts to balance the competing needs of a variety of stakeholders and goals for the city. The process forges compromises to create a plan that improves quality of life and fosters sustainable development.

The General Plan

Tennessee law requires each municipality to create a master, or "general," plan for future growth and development. In Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County, community planning has been guided by Concept 2010: A General Plan for Nashville and Davidson County, which covers a twenty-year planning horizon.

A new General Plan will take effect in 2015. NashvilleNext, the process for generating that plan, is based on the community's vision and involvement; work so far has centered on reaching out to as many constituencies as possible, listening to community members' thoughts on Metro Nashville's potential growth and progress, and using that guidance to shape the preparation of three alternative futures.

Community Plans

Davidson County is divided into 14 communities for planning purposes. By dividing the county into smaller portions, Metro Planning staff can engage more stakeholders in each community and plan for smaller areas, achieving a greater level of detail in planning. Each of Nashville's communities has a Community Plan that is updated every 7 to 10 years through a process that engages all its community members. The plan creates a vision for the community's future preservation, growth, development, guiding land uses, urban design, streets, parks, and civic uses. These policies are then used to judge future preservation and development decisions.

Click on any of the community links to learn more about each of the fourteen communities and their local plans.

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The Community Character Manual

After several community meetings and discussion, a unanimous vote by the Planning Commission on April 10, 2014 brought all of Nashville and Davidson County under the same land use policies. Community Character policies listed in the Community Character Manual now apply countywide.