Nashville Drops Zoning Change Fees for Depressed Areas

The Metro Planning Department is trying to spark interest in redeveloping some parts of the city that could use a shot in the arm. This week it started waiving the fees to make a zoning change in much of North Nashville and along Dickerson and Nolensville Pikes.

Community planner Tifinie Adams says the new incentive is targeted at smaller-scale developers. And she hopes it may be just enough to tip the scales and help a project get off the ground.

“If you think about the small business owner, some of these zoning fees can go upwards to $1,400 or maybe up to $8,000, depending on what type of zoning change you’re asking for.”

Adams says Metro Planning has waived fees in the past, but only on a case-by-case basis. While the department could miss out on some revenue, planners say higher property values and a larger tax base may make up for it.

Under the new plan, project would still have to fit within guidelines set up in a neighborhood’s community plan.

See a map of the eligible areas here.

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