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Metro Planning Commission Debates Urban Infill Regulations

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By Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Members of the Metro Planning Commission spent much of their six hour meeting Thursday night debating if urban infill regulations should be amended.

It was standing room only inside the Sonny West Conference Center at the Howard School building. Many of the people in the room support leaving the regulations as they are. But just as many want to see change.

"What the commission had done for two and a half years, what the staff has done for two and a half years, is exactly right, and it's very obvious when you look at the language that what should've been done, that's what should be done in the future," said real estate attorney Tom White.

He contended the current regulations have worked as Nashville navigates its growth. But those against the current rules say they do not are destroying established neighborhoods, and the commissioners need to increase the scrutiny on proposed subdivisions.

"So you either adopt a two tier test where you look at general comparability, and you look at land use and zoning, or they have to adopt the subdivision regs at the end of the evening, that would have a comparability requirement," said Metro Council Member Emily Evans.

The Planning Commission listened to debate over amending Metro's subdivision regulations. Shortly after 10 Thursday night, they decided to defer the issue until the January 9th regular meeting.

All infill subdivision applications received after noon on December 12th will be held until after the commission sets news rules.

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