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Planning Department

Community Planning Studies

Citizens in a community meeting

Community planning in Nashville is a collaborative process. Our Community Design planners work with community stakeholders (property owners, residents, business owners, institutional representatives, development professionals, agency representatives, and elected officials) to create large- and small-area plans which balance the community's varying needs and interests, blended with sound planning principles, to arrive at a common vision and update/improve policies and design guidance as needed.

Community involvement is always at the center of the planning process, shaping growth that preserve's our city's character and development that reinforces and enhances Nashville's uniqueness.

Community Outreach: The “Charrette” Process

Participants in Visioning Workshop

These community discussions center on a “charrette” in each area – a four-day series of workshops, conversations, and presentations held on site in the study neighborhood. Before that, planners have spent weeks gathering background information and learning about each study area. The intensive charrette week is followed by additional community meetings and public input.

For each project, planners work with area Councilmembers and a project Steering Committee. Steering Committee members are comprised of property owners, business owners, residents, institutional representatives, and community leaders. Members take on a leadership role that promotes the community's interests. In their role, members represent the community, promote community involvement and communication, bring the public's concerns and needs for discussion during charrette week, and be a sounding board for concepts and solutions consistent with community input.

The first “charrette” was held in the West Trinity Lane community in October/November 2017, and the Planning Commission approved the resulting policy updates in January 2018. Details of that initiative and other recent studies are linked below.

Current Studies

Completed Studies