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How Rezoning Works in Nashville

Are you considering rezoning your property?  The rezoning process takes about 3-5 months if there are no complications. You can save time by meeting with your NeighborsCouncil Members and Planning Department staff. If you have a specific land use in mind, the Nashville Metro Planning staff can help you pick the zoning district to fit your plan and needs. If you’re not sure what zoning you need, they can provide information on what land use each zoning code allows and on what development standards each zoning district requires.  Call 615-862-7190.

Step 1- Submit your application

Begin by downloading an application and a list of fees from the Applications & Fees page. Be sure to read the checklist that’s included. A link to the schedule of filing deadlines can be found on our Meetings, Deadlines, and Hearings page.

Step 2 – Staff review

The planning staff reviews the application to ensure that it follows land use policy in your local Community Plan and any Detailed Neighborhood Design Plan or Urban Design Overlays which might apply. Other Metro departments and utility districts review it as well, to consider how the application might affect traffic, storm water runoff, environmental protection and public schools.

Step 3 – Notify the public

You are required to post signs on the property stating the rezoning change you want to make and the date of the Planning Commission hearing. You will also be required to send letters to the nearby property owners who could be affected by the zone change. The Planning Department will mail these out for you.

Step 4 – Recommendation to the Planning Commission

The Planning Department will make a recommendation to the Planning Commission – approval, disapproval, or approval under certain conditions for which your application will be heard at its scheduled meeting. Staff recommendations are made public on the Monday before each Commission meeting.

Step 5 – Planning Commission recommendation to Metro Council

The Planning Commission considers the application at a scheduled regular meeting, which provides an opportunity for public comment. The Commission then makes a recommendation to the Metropolitan Council.

Step 6 – Metropolitan Council Action

The Metropolitan Council considers the application as a Bill through three “readings” before an approval can be made final.

1st reading – Introduction

2nd reading – Public Hearing

3rd reading – Action

The Council can override the Planning Commission’s recommendation during this process.

Step 7 – Mayor signs the Bill

Finally, the Mayor approves or vetoes the application. This is the final approval needed before you can go ahead.

A chart of the process can be found here.

Condensed from Metro Nashville Planning Department website.