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Dickerson Road Community Planning Study

view of downtown Nashville from Dickerson Road

The Planning Department is working, in cooperation with community members and Councilmembers Scott Davis, DeCosta Hastings, Brenda Haywood, and Nancy VanReece on updates to community planning, land use policies, and street plans along Dickerson Road.

The Dickerson Road Corridor Planning Study process is underway for Phase 1, which covers the Dickerson Road corridor from Spring Street to just north of Trinity Lane. This study builds on all of the planning work that has occurred in previous years and brings it all together to discuss a shared, updated vision and priorities to guide anticipated growth and change.

Everyone is welcome to participate in these conversations about Dickerson Road’s future.

Charrette Week for Phase 1: January 28 - January 31, 2019

Planners hosted a design charrette (a hands-on, intensive and collaborative, 4-day, public workshop) for the community the week of January 28, 2019. Please take a look at the preliminary materials below. If you have any additional thoughts, suggestions, or questions, please email project lead Michael Briggs.

Visioning workshop table discusses street design

Monday, January 28 at 5:30 p.m. - Community Visioning Workshop - Approximately 90 people shared their thoughts through facilitated discussion and interactive activities to discuss a vision for Dickerson Road, the future building form and character of the area, and the function of the street. The meeting was held at the Howard Office Building - Sonny West Room, 700 Second Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37210. Earlier in the day, planners and Steering Committee members walked and rode the WeGO bus to take a closer look at the area.

Tuesday, January 29 - Planners worked on-site all day to compile information from nine table maps that discussed which areas should be maintained or changed; what types of buildings and intensities are appropriate in each area; and what Dickerson Road as a street should include. Planners created an overall preliminary framework plan and worked on drafting a vision statement and goals. From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the team held Open Design hours where approximately 20 community members watched planners at work at Trinity United Methodist Church, 204 E. Trinity Lane, Nashville, TN 37207.  Later in the afternoon, planners checked in with the project's Steering Committee, comprised of local business owners, property owners, neighborhood leaders, and institutional representatives.

Wednesday, January 30 - Planners, working on-site all day, continued work on preliminary materials, including an analysis of potential long-range policy changes, and prepared for Thursday evening's community discussion. From 10 a.m. till noon, the team held Open Design hours where approximately 20 community members watched planners at work at Trinity United Methodist Church, 204 E. Trinity Lane, Nashville, TN 37207.

Thursday, January 31 - Planners continued to work all day to showcase products from four days of intensive analysis and design work. At 5:30 p.m., planners held a Work-in-Progress meeting; approximately 45 people joined in to discuss the week's products. Planners gathered feedback and additional thoughts, and discussed next steps. The meeting was held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 204 E. Trinity Lane, Nashville, TN 37207.

Next steps: Charrette week is held early in the planning process. In the coming weeks/months, planners will refine preliminary materials; touch base with other Metro Departments, agencies, and TDOT; consult the Steering Committee as needed; and write a draft small area plan for additional community feedback.

photo of buffalo statue

Previous Meetings

Presentation from the July 12 and 24 community meetings – includes an overview and next steps

Email us with your comments and questions