Specific Plan District
The Specific Plan (SP) District is a zoning district which provides additional flexibility to create developments that meet the goals and objectives of NashvilleNext and are sensitive to the surrounding context.
The SP District is not subject to the traditional zoning districts’ land use and design standards. Instead, permitted uses and design elements like height, size, setbacks, buffers, signage and materials, are determined for the specific development. The design elements are written into the zone change ordinance, which becomes law.
Developers who use SP zoning must still follow historic and redevelopment guidelines, and subdivision and stormwater regulations.
SP Districts may be appropriate on large sites being developed in a unified manner or on sites that have significant areas of sensitive environmental features, are located near historic features, or require new public infrastructure to support development.
The developer proposes the details of the development plan, then the Planning Department and other applicable Metro Departments review the plan. Prior to filing an application for a Specific Plan, we encourage applicants to talk to the Metropolitan Council member(s) and neighbors to introduce the project and identify key issues.
Existing Specific Plan Districts
The SP Viewer includes records of every Council-approved SP.