Steering Committee

Julia Landstreet
Former Executive Director, NCDC

Gary Gaston
Executive Director, NCDC; Author

Christine Kreyling

Sandy Bivens
Superintendent of Nature Centers, Metro Parks and Recreation (Retired)

Jennifer Carlat
Assistant Director, Community Planning Division, Metro Planning Department

Hal Clark
Associate Principal, Civil Site Design Group; NCDC Board of Directors

Laurel Creech
Chief Service Officer, Mayor's Office

Ed Cole
Executive Director, Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee

Chastity Hemmer-Mitchell
Senior Director, Government Relations, the American Heart Association; Policy Advocate, Tennessee Obesity Taskforce

Audra Ladd
Project Manager, Middle TN land use and open space, The Land Trust for Tennessee

Bert Mathews
Developer, President of the Mathews Company; President of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce

Leslie Meehan
Director of Healthy Communities, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Tennessee Obesity Taskforce    

Leslie Newman

Toks Omishakin
Chief of Environment and Planning, Tennessee Department of Transportation

Jeff Ockerman
Director, Division of Health Planning, TN Government

Bill Paul
Director of Public Health, Metro Nashville Health Department

Doug Perkins
Professor of Community and Environmental Psychology,
Community Research & Action program, Vanderbilt University

Leslie Speller Henderson
Professor of Agriculture & Human Science, TN State University

Recent Projects

Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit

Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit

A continuation of both The Plan of Nashville and Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan, the Neighborhood Assessment Toolkit is an assessment and development scoring tool intended for local and community associations when engaging new development. The Toolkit is comprised of neighborhood and parcel assessment resources, along with a development scorecard based on the 10 Principles of the Plan of Nashville.

Placemaking: Challenges + Opportunities in Metro Nashville Preview

Placemaking: Challenges + Opportunities in Metro Nashville

The Project for Public Spaces, on their organization’s web site, asks “what if we built our communities around places?” They then go on to define Placemaking as “both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community.  Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, Placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value.  More than just promoting better urban design, Placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution.”

Each team asked the questions “could the spaces proposed improve pedestrian, bicycle, and street connectivity?  Could they maintain and/or strengthen street and/or bike and pedestrian connections depending on the site?”  The intent was to promote walkable, bike-friendly environments and access to transit, with particular attention to providing connections between the proposed spaces and surrounding neighborhoods.

Access and Livability: Transit-Oriented Development, The Franklin Corridor Preview

Access and Livability: Transit-Oriented Development, The Franklin Corridor

As Nashville’s economy and population booms, creating new opportunities for transit will help keep our communities healthy and prosperous. Currently, Nashville is a car-centric city leaving most of its people with the automobile as the only option for transportation. As driving costs, obesity rates, and the median age of the population continue to increase, providing transportation options becomes a priority to ensure public health and continued mobility. 

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