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Music Row Community Meetings

Creating tools to build a bright future

Music Row is a national treasure. And that's not just our opinion, it's an official designation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, one of several agencies and community groups which have been working with Metro planners and Music Row stakeholders over the past three years to shape Music Row's future.

Challenges as we move forward include preserving Music Row's one of a kind character; providing a welcoming environment for businesses and recreational visitors; and keeping a long tradition of music production alive and healthy.

Recently, the discussion has centered on coming up with appropriate processes and regulation to guide Music Row development and preservation.

Milestones and supporting information


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  • December 4 - Planning staff meets with the Steering Committee to provide a progress update on the Music Row Business Survey and "Blue Ribbon" Committee, which are providing two critical analyses that will inform the Planning Study. Staff also proposes a timeline for community engagement starting in January as well as an April date for adoption of the Music Row Plan by the Planning Commission.
  • December 4 Meeting Agenda
  • Music Row Business Survey Update
  • Music Row Draft Special Policy Areas, Draft Framework Plan, and Illustrative Master Plan
  • Proposed policy update timeline and document inspiration
  • October through December - In collaboration with Bloomberg Associates and MTSU, Planning staff are going door-to-door to get responses to the Music Row Business Survey. Survey results will be used to inform forthcoming policy recommendations. If we missed you, please take the survey online here
  • September 25 - Planning staff meets with the Steering Committee to discuss the Music Row Action Plan, discuss the Framework Plan, and provide updates to work completed and work underway, including Music Row industry research and the transfer of development rights.
  • Music Row Draft Framework Plan
  • July 25 - Planning staff meets with the Steering Committee to share the master plan and provide a progress update of ongoing efforts.
  • Planning staff go over initial analysis regarding Transfer of Development Rights released by economic consultant, Economic and Planning Systems. Steering Committee members build consensus around common themes, priorities, and tools for Music Row.
  • Transfer of Development Rights initial findings
  • February 5 - Planning staff meets with a Steering Committee working group to evaluate analysis of Music Row public infrastructure including streets, alleyways, and parking in order to provide guidance on a future Master Plan.
  • Map: Public Infrastructure Inventory and Analysis


  • November 28 – The Planning Department, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and consultant Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. present a November 28, 2017 progress report to community stakeholders on possible implementation tools for Music Row, including a study of Transferable Development Rights, a possible Business Improvement District, and an overall Masterplan.
  • June - October – Metro begins procurement process for an economic consultant to study Transfer of Development Rights' feasibility as a preservation tool.
  • January - May – The Planning Department holds multiple stakeholder meetings to evaluate the potential of form-based zoning as a development tool.


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  • April 2015 - November 2016 – The National Trust begins documentation of the history of Music Row and releases its findings in late 2015. The final report, or "Multiple Property Documentation form (MPDF)" is approved by the Tennessee Historical Commission and the National Park Service.
  • February 12 – The Planning Commission votes unanimously to defer or disapprove any rezoning requests along Music Row pending further study.
  • January 12 – Following demolition of several structures and amid growing uncertainty about Music Row's future, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designates Music Row a National Treasure.

Music Row Detailed Design Plan provides future direction

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The Planning Commission approved the Plan on December 9, 2016.

Read the Music Row Detailed Design Plan