A Resource guide for the Neighborhood District Overlay
by the Metropolitan Nashville Planning Department 2003
This guidebook is a reference tool for use by neighborhood groups, developers, architects and others interested in the development of Nashville. It is intended to provide an insight into the Planning Department's goal for future growth. The concepts presented are not new; they are a simple restatement of planning practices that have been commonplace in many areas for over 100 years.
Neighborhood Redevelopment Projects
CreateCommunity Neighborhood Studies help residents, businesses and other community members address specific challenges and create a unified vision for improvement and change.
The Civic Design Center is known for bringing many diverse parties together and facilitating pro-active discussion to promote change. The goal is to create a long-term vision that addresses the issues of the neighborhood with specific action steps and goals for implementation over time.
The Civic Design Center's roles in neighborhood studies are:
- to help residents envision changes and improvements to their community;
- to advise on design options that help achieve that vision; and
- to advocate for changes that promote healthy and sustainable neighborhoods in Nashville's urban core.
At the request of South Nashville Action People (SNAP), the Civic Design Center will research the history of the neighborhood, conduct a series of community input and visioning meetings, and develop a series of design and policy suggestions that can be implemented over a period of time.
Nashville Civic Design Center announces the Neighborhood Revitalization Study for Lafayette in the SoBro area of Nashville, Tennessee beginning in June 2005. The Nashville Civic Design Center, in partnership with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) will undertake a neighborhood revitalization study for the 8th Avenue South and Lafayette Street area.
At the request of the Organized Neighbors of Edgehill (ONE) the Nashville Civic Design Center conducted a study of the Edgehill Neighborhood. The study area is to the south of The Gulch, north of Wedgwood Avenue, west of 8th Avenue South and east of the alley separating Villa Place and 16th Avenue South. ONE specifically requested the Civic Design Center to establish and maintain an identity and character as a strong, diverse, and viable neighborhood within the community, and determine its relevance to the surrounding neighborhoods and the city at large. Working with ONE and the Edgehill Community, the Civic Design Center worked to create a unified vision for the neighborhood.
This study was undertaken to help guide development of the Metro-owned properties known as Rolling Mill Hill. These holdings include the site of the former Metropolitan Hospital and the area of the historic trolley car barns.
At the request of Rediscover East! the Nashville Civic Design Center conducted a study of the linkages between the residential areas of East Nashville to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the impact of the new Gateway Bridge. Public meetings were held at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, a walking tour of the site was organized, and an Urban Design Forum was dedicated to the issue. Present at these meetings were concerned citizens, Metro Officials, Metro Staff and Civic Design Center Staff. The study sought to evaluate and resolve issues of scale, landscaping and lane-logic of the Gateway Bridge and appropriate land use for the land between the Cumberland River and Interstate Bridge.
In the Summer of 2006, the Nashville Civic Design Center conducted a visual survey of areas that demonstrated potential for development along Dickerson Pike, in conjunction with the Planning Department's work on the East Nashville Community Plan.
Historic Germantown, Inc. requested that the Nashville Civic Design Center study the neighborhoods immediately north of downtown Nashville in September 2001, and make recommendations that would help guide the long-term development of the community. The proposal from the Germantown group asked the Civic Design Center to develop a strategy that goes beyond the boundaries of historic Germantown, involves businesses in the area, identifies land use possibilities, identifies existing and potential links to and through the area, especially pedestrian, and integrates the Werthan and Neuhoff sites, the Metro Greenway and the Cumberland River.
In its research and through community meetings, the Civic Design Center focused on the opportunity for considering the individual neighborhoods as a community and building necessary links.>>read more