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Subarea Plan Factsheet
The Subarea 6 2002 Plan Update was officially launched at the Metropolitan Planning Commission’s January 24, 2002 meeting. A Subarea Plan, sometimes known as a comprehensive or master plan, is an official public document adopted as a policy guide to decisions about the physical development of the community. It indicates how a community wants to develop over time. The Subarea 6 plan is designed as a policy guide for public officials, planning professionals, property owners, residents and business developers.

A Citizens Advisory Committee and the staff of the Metropolitan Planning Commission developed the original Subarea 6 Plan in 1990. An update to this plan was adopted in 1996, with citizen participation in the form of four open public workshop-style meetings held in February and March of that year. Resulting from this series of meetings was the preliminary Draft-Subarea 6 Plan Update, presented in a public meeting in April, and the final Draft Update presented to the Planning Commission in May of 1996.

The Planning Commission staff has recommended a similar schedule for the 2002 Update, with three forms of citizen participation. Again, four public workshop-style meetings will be held to solicit public input. An Advisory Committee will act as a sounding board throughout the project, and a Steering Committee will be the guiding body that crafts the actual plan document. The Advisory Committee will be made up of Metro and agency representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods, Transportation and MPC Liaison, Harpeth Valley Utility District, Metro Public Schools, Metro Stormwater Management, Greenways, Public Works, Parks and Historic Commission. The steering committee will be made up of original Citizens Advisory Committee members and representatives from homeowners associations, businesses and property owners in the area. All Planning Commissioners and the Council representatives for Subarea 6 will be notified of meetings and invited to participate, but they are not listed on the committee rosters as voting members. In addition, all steering committee meetings will be publicized and open to the public.

Information about the progress of the plan update will be made available in three forms. A Subarea 6 Plan Update homepage will be developed as a link from Metro’s website at nashville.gov. Monthly Fact Sheets will report activities of the staff and steering committee and will highlight important project benchmarks. The Fact Sheet will be distributed by mail to all interested parties. A repository notebook of draft maps, conceptual drawings and plan documents will be available at the Bellevue Branch Library and at the Planning Department. This repository notebook will be updated throughout the planning process.

The schedule for the project begins with an introductory steering committee meeting on March 7, and an intensive public workshop slated for the last week of March. Additional committee meetings and public presentations will be held in April and mid-May, and a recommendation will be made to the Planning Commission at their May 23 meeting.

The public workshop will be in the form of a charrette, which is a concentrated planning session that typically takes place from morning until night over a three-day period. Specialists in fields such as housing, transportation, engineering, education, and recreation are invited to address participants and answer questions. Conference rooms are set up as design studios where ideas and alternative scenarios are sketched out and mapped. Public presentations and strategy sessions take place on-site, and community consensus is developed. The outcome of the charrette provides residents, property owners, and public policy makers with common ground on which they can proceed with determining the character and development direction of the subarea.

The charrette will be held at the Bellevue Center Mall from March 25th through the 28th. The event will start with an opening address Monday evening. Planners, committee members and design professionals will work on-site throughout the day on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a concluding presentation will be held late on Thursday. Follow-up work will be completed over the next two weeks, and a draft concept plan will then be presented at a public meeting in April.

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