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Dickerson Road Corridor 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 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.

Public meetings for the Dickerson Road South Corridor Study process, which covers the Dickerson Road corridor from Spring Street to just north of Trinity Lane, were held in January, and a draft plan is ready for public review (see section below for more details).

The Dickerson Road North Corridor Study, from near Trinity Lane north to Skyline Medical Center, will likely kick off in late summer.

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

Dickerson South Corridor Study

The public hearing draft for the Dickerson South Corridor Study is ready for review. The study updates this area of the East Nashville Community Plan. The study changes and refines the land use policy and updates the Major and Collector Street Plan. This guidance will be used by the Planning Department and Planning Commission to help guide decisions about future development in this area of Dickerson Road.

The Metro Planning Commission will hold a public hearing before considering the adoption of the Dickerson South Study. The public hearing will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2019, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Sonny West Conference Center in the Howard Office Building, 700 Second Avenue South. Information will be posted here if the schedule changes.

The Dickerson Road South Steering Committee reconvened in April, and planners met with stakeholders and neighborhood groups to discuss components of the plan update with community members. The following summarizes the process since the winter charrette was held.Dickerson Corridor South Steering Committee meeting

  • April 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. -- Presentation to the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Association
  • April 23, 2019 at 4 p.m. -- Steering Committee meeting
  • May 7, 2019 at 4 p.m. -- Steering Committee meeting
  • May 15, 2019 -- Staff circulates a Preliminary Draft Plan to Steering Committee members for feedback
  • May 16, 2019 at 4 p.m. -- Steering Committee meeting
  • May, 16, 2019 at 6 p.m. -- Presentation to the Highland Heights Neighborhood Association
  • Week of May 27, 2019 -- Public notices arrive for surrounding neighbors with the date/time for the Metro Planning Commission meeting and public hearing
  • May 30, 2019 -- Public Hearing Draft posted here on website
  • June 6, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. -- Presentation to the McFerrin Park Neighborhood Association
  • June 13, 2019 at 4 p.m. -- Planning Commission meeting with Public Hearing and Proposed Adoption
  • June 18, 2019 -- Presentation to the Pages Branch Neighborhood Association, which borders the Dickerson Road South and Dickerson Road North study areas

Dickerson Road South Charrette Week

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 South, 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.

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Previous Meetings

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

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