An ordinance to amend Chapters 17.37 and 17.40 of the Metropolitan Code to update the Downtown Code (DTC) standards. (Proposal No. 2015Z-003TX-001).

WHEREAS, The Council of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County adopted the Downtown Code (DTC) on February 2, 2010; and

WHEREAS, The Metropolitan Government recognizes the importance of updating and refining the Downtown Code design standards and process to encourage high quality, sustainable urban development; and

WHEREAS, The Downtown Code strives to encourage active and interactive streetscapes; and

WHEREAS the DTC standards provide opportunities for businesses to thrive, while enhancing the character of Downtown through mixed-use development, housing choices, and commercial and entertainment opportunities; and

WHEREAS, the refinement of the DTC standards will continue to ensure a quality urban experience for the citizens and businesses of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.


Section 1. That Section 17.12.060.F of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by inserting the following after the words “Urban Zoning Overlay District”:

“, but not including the DTC district:”

Section 2. That Chapter 17.37 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by replacing “Exhibit A” in its entirety with the attached Exhibit; which updates all maps with the most recently available property lines; revises any typographic and mapping errors; refines the modifications, variances and special exception process; updates the sidewalk requirements by referencing the Major and Collector Street Plan; and updates the General Standards by providing additional guidance on vehicular / pedestrian conflicts, parking structure facades, and street frontages.

Section 3. That Section 17.40.170.B of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by deleting the words:

“DTC district,”

Section 4. That Section 17.40.170 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by renumbering “C” as “D and inserting a new “C” as follows:

C. Final Approval by the Planning Department for DTC district development. Prior to approval, the Planning Department shall review site plans in the DTC district to verify conformance with the provisions of Chapter 17.37 of this title. A site plan shall be submitted in form and content established by the Planning Department, and shall specifically describe the nature and scope of development to serve as the basis for determination of compliance with the DTC district standards before the issuance of permits by the Planning Department and any other applicable metro department.

Section 5. That this Ordinance shall take effect five (5) days from and after its passage and such change be published in a newspaper of general circulation, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Erica Gilmore

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Amendment No. 1
Ordinance No. BL2015-1053

Madam President:
I move to amend BL2015-1053 by adding the follow provision as Section 4 and renumbering the remaining sections accordingly:

“Section 4. All applications for special exceptions proposing additional height within the DTC district that were filed with the Board of Zoning Appeals prior to the date this Ordinance becomes effective shall continue to be processed as special exceptions, rather than variances, under the DTC.”

Sponsored by: Erica Gilmore


Madam President:

I move to amend Ordinance No. BL2015-1053 by amending Section 2 to substitute the Exhibit A
referenced with the attached Exhibit A.

Sponsored by: Erica Gilmore

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Introduced: March 3, 2015
Passed First Reading: March 3, 2015
Referred to: Planning Commission
Planning & Zoning Committee
Deferred to May 5, 2015: April 7, 2015
Deferred to July 7, 2015 May 5, 2015
Amended: July 7, 2015
Passed Second Reading: July 7, 2015
Deferred to August 4, 2015: July 21, 2015
Amended: August 4, 2015
Passed Third Reading: August 4, 2015
Approved: August 10, 2015
By: Mayor's Signature
Effective: August 14, 2015

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