An ordinance amending Chapters 17.36 and 17.40 of Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code to create a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) Overlay District. (Proposal No. 2015Z-010TX-001).


Section 1. That Chapter 17.36 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by adding the following new Article XIV entitled “Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (DADU) Overlay District”.

17.36.600 Purpose and intent.
The DADU overlay district provides additional housing options throughout Davidson County.

17.36.610 Overlay designation.
A DADU overlay district shall be created according to the procedures of Chapter 17.40, Article III and depicted as a geographical area on the official zoning map.

17.36.620 Design guidelines.
A detached self-sufficient dwelling unit shall be allowed accessory to a principal structure subject to the standards set forth in Section 17.16.030 F of this zoning code.

17.36.630 Permitted land uses.
The range of land uses permitted within a DADU overlay district shall be those permitted by the underlying zoning district(s) as established by the zoning district land use table of Section 17.08.030 and accessory dwelling, detached.

17.36.640 Bulk Provisions.
The bulk provisions of the base zoning district shall apply.

17.36.650 Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit Overlay District.

A. Planning Commission Recommendation. The planning commission shall review a proposed DADU overlay district application for conformance with the General Plan. The planning commission shall act to recommend approval or disapproval of the application. Within ten working days of an action, the commission's resolution shall be transmitted in writing to the applicant, the metro clerk, the zoning administrator and all other appropriate governmental departments.

B. Council Consideration. The metropolitan council shall consider an ordinance establishing a DADU overlay district according to the procedures of Article III of this chapter (Amendments). All property owners within and proximate to a proposed DADU overlay district shall be notified according to the procedures of Article XV of this chapter.

C. Final Site Plan Approval. For property located within a DADU overlay district, a final site plan application shall be submitted for review and approval by the Zoning Administrator in a manner consistent with the procedures of Section 17.40.170A. The applicant is required to submit all necessary information to the Zoning Administrator and to certify the accuracy of the submitted information.

D. Changes to a DADU Overlay District Boundary. A proposed change in the geographic boundary of a DADU overlay district on the official zoning map shall be considered by the council according to the procedures of Article III of this chapter (Amendments).

Section 2. Section 17.40.740 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by deleting subsection C.3 in its entirety and substituting with the following:

“Applying the urban design overlay district, historic preservation district, neighborhood conservation district, urban zoning overlay district, contextual overlay district or detached accessory dwelling unit overlay district as provided in Chapter 17.36;”

Section 3. 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: Burkley Allen, Peter Westerholm, Erica Gilmore


Introduced: May 5, 2015
Substitute Introduced: May 5, 2015
Passed First Reading: May 5, 2015
Referred to: Planning Commission
Planning & Zoning Committee
Passed Second Reading: July 7, 2015
Deferred to August 4, 2015: July 21, 2015
Deferred: August 4, 2015
Withdrawn: August 18, 2015

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