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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 community plans, making recommendations to the Planning Commission on zoning decisions, and providing design services while supporting more sustainable development.

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.

NashvilleNext update: transportation and other issues

photo of planner speaking to Planning CommissionNashvilleNext planner Greg Claxton outlined NashvilleNext's progress and upcoming initiatives in a presentation to the Planning Commission on October 8.

Music Row community meetings will begin October 26

map of Music Row study areaThe Planning Department will host four public meetings to gather community input on a design plan for the Music Row area. That plan will guide the Planning Department’s and the Planning Commission’s actions on future development, and it will be based on community members’ vision and goals for the area.

Metro planner Singeh Saliki outlines the meeting process

The Planning Commission voted in February to recommend deferral or disapproval of any rezoning request on Music Row for the next 12-18 months, to allow time for development of a design plan for that community.

Map of the area affected by the Commission's decision

Since then, the Planning Department, the National Trust, the Music Industry Coalition and other community, business, and historic preservation organizations have been researching neighborhood issues and reaching out to the public to begin finding common ground on Music Row’s future.

The Music Row meetings will be held in the community room at the Midtown Hills police precinct, 1443 12th Avenue South, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on October 26, November 10, December 2 and January 11. A draft plan could be presented to the Metropolitan Council in March 2016.

"Telling Music Row's Story" is a draft report on Music Row's history prepared by the Music Industry Coalition and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Whites Creek policies and Subdivision Regulations revisions deferred until December 10 Planning Commission meeting

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.

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

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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