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:
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.
Build upon The Plan of Nashville by establishing processes that allow for greater citizen involvement within local planning efforts.
Increase public awareness and understanding of the physical environment through community participation and education.
THE TEN PRINCIPLES
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.