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Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission

The Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission is an architectural review board which reviews applications for work on properties that are within a Historic Overlay. Its nine volunteer members, appointed by the mayor and confirmed by Metro Council, include representatives from zoning districts, the Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Historical Commission; architect(s), and other citizens of Davidson County.

Because the Historic Zoning Commission is a quasi-judicial body they are not permitted to discuss specific cases outside of a public hearing. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at or an individual staff member (listed below).

Historic Zoning Commission Handbook

Review the Historic Zoning Commission Handbook to learn more about Historic Zoning in Nashville and for "Top Ten" articles on construction obstacles, historic windows, greening your home, and infill considerations.


Sean Alexander is a Historic Preservationist 1 with the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission. Prior to joining our staff in 2007, Sean worked for a Cultural Resource Management/Archaeology firm in Virginia and at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and studied Historic Preservation at the University of Georgia.

Melissa Baldock is a Historic Preservationist 1 with the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission. She has over fifteen years of experience working in the field of historic preservation. For several years, she worked in New York City for non-profit organizations that advocate for sound preservation and city planning policies. She also taught an historic preservation course at the State University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, and has been a lecturer, tour guide, and panelist on a variety of topics related to historic preservation and architectural history. Melissa Baldock holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from New York University, and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

Paul Hoffman is a Historic Preservationist 1 with the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission. He is a Nashville native, a graduate of Hume-Fogg High School and Vanderbilt University, and a former Navy officer. Prior to joining our staff in 2013, Paul worked on historic preservation projects on landmarks such as the Tennessee State Capitol, Ryman Auditorium, Belmont Mansion, Rosenwald schools in Sumner County, and the Francis Rogan House in Omagh, Northern Ireland. Paul earned his M.A. in the historic preservation program at Middle Tennessee State University with a thesis on the Avery Trace, the primary land route into middle Tennessee in the 18th Century.

Melissa Sajid joined the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission staff as a Historic Preservationist 1 in 2015. Before joining our staff, she worked as a Planner with the Town of Smyrna where she served as the primary staff for the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Historic Zoning Commission. More recently Melissa has served as Zoning Official/Project Coordinator for the City of Hampton, VA and as Planner 2 for Metro Planning Department’s Land Development Division. Melissa Sajid holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, both from the University of Louisville.

Jenny Warren joined the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission staff as a Historic Preservationist 1 in 2017. Jenny has worked for the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board at the City of Miami, Florida and for the National Trust in both their Boston and Charleston, SC offices. More recently, she has consulted on various preservation projects including preparing National Register nominations, historic resource surveys, and tax credit applications. Jenny holds a BA in History and English from the College of William and Mary and a masters in historic preservation from the University of Georgia.

Robin Zeigler is the Historic Zoning Administrator with the Metropolitan Historic Zoning Commission. She has been a local preservation specialist for almost 15 years working as the Senior Historic Preservation Planner for the Planning Division of the Salt Lake City Corporation and the Preservation Planner for the City of Bowling Green in Kentucky. In addition she has taught historic preservation planning as an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University. She is a former board member of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. Robin holds a graduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University’s Public History Program.