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Highland Heights Community Planning Study

Draft Highland Heights study

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In early 2018, the Metro Planning Commission and Highland Heights neighbors asked the Planning Department to work on possible refinements to current land use policies in the Highland Heights area. Planners then refined maps and materials and created a draft plan document, based on community input received during a charrette week in March 2018.

Map of the Highland Heights study area

The draft Highland Heights Small Area Plan illustrates the neighborhood vision. After adoption, the plan will guide the appropriate land use, development character, and design intent established by balancing ideas and concerns among neighborhood stakeholders. The small area plan will be used as a starting point for discussing public and private investment, including zone changes, subdivisions, and public infrastructure investments.

The draft plan outlines recommended policy changes and proposes Supplemental Policies, including a building Regulating Plan, in addition to the guidance already found in the Community Character Policies.

Read the draft Highland Heights Studyphoto of community members gathered around map

Please review the draft document, and if you have questions or comments, please email project leader Marty Sewell at The deadline for comments is Friday, May 25.

A public hearing for the Highland Heights Study and associated plan amendments will be held at the Metro Planning Commission on Thursday, June 14 at 4 pm in the auditorium of the Howard Office Building, 700 Second Avenue South. Members of the public are welcome to address the Planning Commission during the public hearing.

A staff report from planners to the Planning Commission will be posted on our Meetings, Deadlines, and Hearings page on the afternoon of Friday, June 8. If any substantial changes are warranted to the draft plan, planners will outline those in the staff report.

Land use policy guides the Planning Commission’s actions on subdivision requests and zone changes. Any updates made to those policies will not change current zoning.

Our goal is to ensure that policies affecting the Highland Heights area accurately reflect how the members of that community want growth and preservation to happen in the future, and that any significant changes are guided by community input and discussion. The East Nashville Community Plan describes how current land use policies are applied in the Highland Heights neighborhood.

Community Participation

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Metro planners held a series of public meetings and discussions, or “charrette,” in early March, working with local property owners, residents, and business owners to get community input on any possible policy changes.

Numerous Highland Heights stakeholders (residents, property owners, business owners, development professionals, and elected officials) participated in the charrette week meetings and design process.

Read our Charrette Report

Stakeholders talked with the Community Design team about the issues the community faces and worked on design solutions. The Community Design team worked diligently to address neighborhood design issues promptly and generate land use policy and appropriate building type concepts.

Existing Conditions in Highland Heights

Presentations and Other Materials

From the Monday visioning session:

From the Thursday draft presentation: