North Nashville Community Plan update soon to take shape

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 10:05pm

After approximately one year of work, the Metro Planning Department is preparing to begin full-scale efforts on an update to its North Nashville Community Plan.

The last community meeting regarding the community plan — which guides growth, preservation and development in North Nashville’s Subarea 8 — is slated for Thursday. Watkins College of Art Design & Film, located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. in Metro Center, will host the open house meeting from 3-6 p.m.

Thursday’s event is the last in an extended series of community meetings and conversations that began in January 2010. A public hearing will be held during the Metro Planning Commission meeting Jan. 27.

“Every step of the way, North Nashville stakeholders have been involved, coming to public meetings, meeting with the North Nashville planning teams and providing valuable input,” said Tifinie Adams, a planner with the planning department. “This should be commended.”

Adams said the segment of historic Jefferson Street running from Eighth Avenue North on the east to 28th Avenue North on the west has been a key focus of the year’s worth of meetings. Buchanan Street has also being analyzed. On a similar note, the location of the proposed 28th-31st avenues connector does not fall within the subarea’s footprint, but it has been considered as potentially having a positive indirect effect.

“The planning department team focused on North Nashville hopes that the community really takes ownership of the plan and does some community-based plan implementation,” Adams said. “The efforts of Rediscover East! and the Dickerson Road Merchants are good examples of how the business community and residential community can come together and addressed issues that were important to them to create vibrant commercial areas and strong neighborhoods.”

Adams said strong organizations exist in North Nashville but that combining of these group’s efforts could help priorities identified during the process be addressed strategically.

“The planning team included in the plan tools, resources and guidance on how to begin that process,” she said.

Adams referenced North Nashville’s planned Free At Last Plaza as a fine example of public and private implementation. The retail development is slated for a Jefferson Street site in Subarea 9 of the Downtown Community Plan.

“The Downtown Community Plan was first implemented through zoning initiated by the Metro Planning Department and called The Downtown Code or the DTC,” she said “The community plan guides zoning. The DTC’s zoning regulations, which are based on form and character of development, were guided by the Downtown Community Plan. The plan was further implemented by the private sector through the redevelopment project, The FAL Plaza. The project conforms to the DTC in terms of building placement, parking location and scale. This is a perfect example of the various steps it takes to implement the [Subarea 8 plan’s] vision.” 

The Jan. 27 meeting will take place at the Howard Office Building at the Richard H. Fulton Complex in downtown’s Rutledge Hill.