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About the Planning Department

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The Planning Department's responsibilities include working with local communities to create appropriate land-use policies and transportation priorities in community plans, making recommendations to the Planning Commission on zoning decisions, and providing design services and citywide transportation planning to implement sustainable development and complete streets.

The Planning Department is located at 800 Second Avenue South in downtown Nashville, one block north of the 2nd/4th Avenue exit off I-40.

Inclusionary Housing discussion continues

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The Inclusionary Housing stakeholders group will meet December 9, and the Planning Commission will hold a work session December 10. More information will be posted on our Inclusionary Housing Feasibility and Policy Study page as the study progresses.

Share your vision for Music Row - public meetings continue December 2

photo of planner and community members examing mapPublic discussion of Music Row's future continued on November 10, at the second of four public meetings the Planning Department is hosting to gather community input on a design plan for the Music Row area.

Details and a full schedule of upcoming meetings are on our Music Row Community Meetings page.

Whites Creek policies and subdivision regulations revisions

The Planning Commission will consider Whites Creek policies and Subdivision Regulations revisions December 10; draft Rural Character Subdivision Regulations and example diagrams now posted.

Map showing affected properties in Whites CreekPlanning staff is continuing to work on revisions to the Subdivision Regulations to include guidance for Rural policy areas. In order to continue refinements and allow time for public review prior to the Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting, the policies for the 11 areas of interest in Whites Creek, along with the revisions to the Subdivision Regulations, are being deferred until the December 10 MPC meeting. Example development diagrams will be posted soon.

The first document linked below includes Community Character policies currently in effect on the affected properties, a comparison chart of existing and proposed policies, and policies which were in the Community Character manual for these properties as of June 22, when the Commission approved the NashvilleNext long-range general plan.

Overview of Community Character policies for the deferred properties

The document linked below was presented to the Planning Commission on June 22. It provides the background on planning for rural character in Whites Creek.

Presentation to the Planning Commission

Draft Rural Character Subdivision Regulations

Draft Rural Character subdivision regulations

Example development diagrams

Share your questions and comments through our Rural Character Subdivisions online survey form or comment on the regulations by email

(Please note - you may have trouble opening the survey link in older versions of Internet Explorer. Clearing cache and cookies and/or temporarily switching to another browser should correct those issues.)

Mayor's Workplace Challenge

The Planning Department achieved gold, silver, and gold status in the three categories of the 2014 Mayor's Workplace Challenge, a citywide public and private initiative supporting active and healthy environments, green operations and buildings, and volunteer service inside and outside the workplace.

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