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The New Downtown Code and the Changing Face of Nashville

On February 2nd the Metro Council will conduct its 3rd reading of the final draft of The Downtown Code. If approved by the Metro Council, this new zoning law will usher in an exciting new period for downtown Nashville. Based on 2007’s Downtown Community Plan, the new neighborhood-driven code would essentially rewrite downtown development, and hopefully give it the facelift it needs to grow and prosper in the next decade and beyond.

At the core of The Downtown Code is the division of the space between Jefferson Street, Interstate 40 and the Cumberland River, into 15 distinct neighborhood districts. Each area would have its own requirements for building height, signage and street frontage that would work together with development and design guidelines to create neighborhoods with a unique identity. Along side the individual neighborhood development, the code seek to ensure each of the 15 districts remain interconnected to create a truly 24/7 downtown experience that thrives with life and energy at all times of the day. Ultimately, the code’s authors hope this ambitious project will attract more residents, business, and development to downtown Nashville. It is truly an exciting time for Nashville, and we look forward to the experiencing the changing face of this great city.

To learn more about the downtown code, and to see what is being planned for your favorite neighborhood, take a look at the final draft here:
http://www.nashville.gov/mpc/dtc/default.asp

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