The Plan of Nashville

The Plan of Nashville

The Plan of Nashville Initiative (PON) focuses on community-based comprehensive visioning that respects our cultural history, natural landscape and built legacy while proposing a bold new future for the design and development of Nashville. The implementation of this plan revolves around 10 guiding principles and intentional public engagement.

The PON Initiative is rooted in the 2005 publication of The Plan of Nashville: Avenues to a Great City. A two and half year project, The Plan of Nashville developed a community-based vision and series of design principles for metropolitan Nashville's urban core, the area within the inner interstate highway loop and the neighborhoods adjacent to it. The Plan of Nashville was the first effort in Nashville's history to consider the central city in its entirety, develop a community-based vision, and identify design principles.


The goal of the PON Initiative is threefold:

  1. Establish, based on the 10 Principles and with support of community participation, long-term visions and policies to guide current and future development in Nashville.

  2. Build upon The Plan of Nashville by establishing processes that allow for greater citizen involvement within local planning efforts.

  3. Increase public awareness and understanding of the physical environment through community participation and education.

During the visioning process of The Plan of Nashville, consensus emerged regarding ten principles to guide public policy, development practice, urban planning, and design. These Principles have become the cornerstone to the PON Initiative, and the foundational lens in which NCDC engages all its work.


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Alleyways of Nashville

Alleyways of Nashville

This publication shows some of the strategies that alley programs internationally have implemented in their work. Some have environmental benefits such as replacing asphalt with a more pervious material to collect water; while others have benefits for improving people's safety and perception of alleys such as providing lighting and visibility. Adopting even a few of these strategies could help transform alleys in Nashville which could becomes more active and prosperous. Most of these strategies require low maintenance, but it is important to take advantage of public space as a canvas for programming social activity. 

Fairgrounds Public Meetings Report

Fairgrounds Public Meetings Report

The Nashville Civic Design Center was asked by Mayor David Briley and the Fairgrounds Nashville Board of Directors, to facilitate a series of public meetings with the Fairgrounds Design Team, to get input in order to inform a more refined version of the Fairground Improvement Plan.

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