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Are YOU Frustrated/Confused by Metro’s Zoning Policy and Laws?

As Davidson County’s growing pains continue to increase, residents often feel overlooked and omitted from development decisions directly impacting their own neighborhoods. Frustrations are magnified when the process seems like one big secret.


The Planning & Zoning School helps residents better understand and engage in Metro’s planning and zoning process. Designed by neighborhood leaders, with support from government officials and other key stakeholders, the classes provide residents with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve greater impact.


Policy & Zoning 101

Saturday, October 14, 2023 (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)

This 3.5-hour primer (one 3.5-hour session) is for residents who just want a basic understanding of the who, what, why, and how questions. We will cover the following topics:


  • How Did We Get Here

  • Building Blocks of a City

  • Identifying the Stakeholders

  • Life Cycle of a Project

  • What is Policy and Zoning


Policy & Zoning 201

Saturday, October 21 and 28, 2023 (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)

This 7-hour course (two 3.5-hour sessions) is for people who want a deeper understanding of Metro’s planning and zoning process. The following topics will be covered:

  • What is ‘Policy?’

    • Community Character Manual

    • Transects, Elements, and Intent

    • Land Use Policy

  • What is ‘Zoning?’

    • Land Use, Massing

    • Zoning Code

    • Specific Plan (SP) Zoning

    • Zoning Terms

    • Overlays, Subdivisions

  • Community Plan Amendment

  • Zoning Appeal

  • Process for a Zoning Change

  • Online Tools and Resources

    • Parcel Viewer

    • Development Tracker

    • Municode




This Fall the Planning School will be held in the Community Room at the Hermitage Police Precinct (3701 James Kay Ln, Hermitage, TN 37076).


In-Person Only Participation


Free to residents of Davidson County


Thanks to a grant from the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Neighbor 2 Neighbor is able to offer Policy & Zoning 101 and 201 FREE to residents of Davidson County.

In order to be eligible for this offer, participants must present documentation of residency at the first class you attend. You may present one (1) of the following: a recent utility bill; voter's registration card; driver's license or other government issued-ID; current record from a school showing address; affidavit by landlord; or affidavit by a nonprofit treatment, shelter, half-way house, or homeless assistance entity located within Davidson County.

If you are unwilling or unable to provide such documentation, or reside outside of Davidson County, you will need to pay the registration fee ($105). This is a requirement of the grant.


Registration Deadlines

  • Policy & Zoning 101: Thursday, October 12, 2023

  • Policy & Zoning 201: Thursday, October 19, 2023

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