The full plan passed by the commission can be found on the planning website. Some of the community-informed highlights discussed at the Planning Commission include:
- Planning for easy on-street parking or parking behind buildings in urban corridors
- Conserving parks and greenspace and increasing amenities and programming therein
- Leaving open space/flood plain undeveloped (which was justified during May flood)
- Limiting number of neighborhood centers to strengthen corridors
- Corridor polices along Jeff St and Buchanan St emphasizing vertical 1-3 story builds against sidewalks and mixed use
- "University Row" 28th Av connector to West Nashville including residential development with commercial development limited to grocery store
- Acceptance of developers' request for Metro to provide economic incentives for development
- 5th Av N and several other streets would be changed to "collector streets"
We are in the process of updating the Major and Collector Street Plan, which is still scheduled for a public hearing on February 24 at 4 p.m. in the Howard Office Building. We have added and deleted a number of streets based upon feedback from stakeholders and residents. During one of our last reviews, we reevaluated streets that connect into Downtown. There were a few streets added as collectors with the largest one being 5th Avenue beginning at Lafayette and going north through Downtown, through Germantown to Garfield. It is identified as a T4-M-CA2 between Jefferson and Hume. It is a T4-R-CA2 between Hume and Garfield. This means it's within an urban context (T) with mixed use (M) or residential (R) land use policies as a collector-avenue with two travel lanes. Ultimately if a developer were to redevelop property along 5th or Metro to conduct public improvements, the MCSP would help outline what potential elements should be considered and what they may look like. That might include wider sidewalks, improvements to on-street parking, addition of bike lanes, wider planting strips along the street, etc. These decisions would be guided by existing constraints meaning the existing development conditions and whether it is a large or small improvement project.
Sounds innocuous right now, but of course I wonder if there are Metro Codes in our future that call for something objectionable on collector streets. Any thoughts?