The 455 acre rezoning of Nashville’s Midtown has been passed. This area will start with mixed-use zoning changes with upzoning to follow. This plan allows for development to grow higher and closer to the streets to increase density and encourage pedestrian traffic. Ideally, people will be able to live and work in mid-town without ever getting into a car!
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The Metro Council voted Tuesday to approve a 455-acre rezoning in Nashville’s Midtown area and agreed to put five proposed charter amendments up for public votes in November.
The council also voted to appropriate $400,000 to buy controversial voting equipment for the Davidson County Election Commission, agreeing to honor a contract with a vendor over objections about the technology’s performance in the August primary.
The unanimous vote for the Midtown rezoning came after Councilwoman Burkley Allen and her co-sponsors agreed to a two-phased approach that will start with mixed-use zoning changes while delaying most of the upzoning in the plan until the community can agree on design standards. Upzoning is a rezoning that allows a higher use of a property.
“There was so much concern about such a large area being upzoned without having the kind of design guidelines people are used to seeing,” Allen said after the vote. “We’re trying to be thoughtful about what makes good urban design.”
The plan would allow development higher and closer to streets as a way to boost density and make the area more accommodating of pedestrians and mass transit.
“It’s about creating an opportunity for growth in an area of town where it makes sense to have it,” Allen said.
The council voted to put five of eight proposed Metro Charter amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot.