Bellevue is slated for its first community plan update in eight years, as the Metro Planning Department will begin on May 5 conducting public meetings that will shape the future of the west Davidson County suburb.
“The important thing to remember is that this is not a situation where planners are trying to impose a plan on the public,” said Craig Owensby, the planning department’s spokesman. “It starts with public input and is based on public input.”
The Bellevue Community Plan was last updated in 2003. Since then, the plan has had 15 amendments. The bedroom community is home to a mix of families with children, seniors and young adults, many of whom live in the area’s numerous apartment communities. In addition to offering a mix of ages and incomes, Bellevue has become much more racially and ethnically diverse during the past 10 years or so.
“We’re actually doing a lot of preparation for it,” Owensby said. “We’re looking at the demographics of the area and making maps.”
The Metro Planning Department has defined 14 communities in Davidson County. It updates the plan for each one once every seven to 10 years. The department’s most recent update was to the North Nashville Community Plan. That effort involved about a year of public input and staff work, culminating Jan. 27 with Metro Planning Commission approval.
Owensby said the first few meetings will have participants, for example, mark where they would like developments and services to concentrate within the suburb.
“We’ll look at public comments and combine them with sound planning principles,” he said. “We’ll spend several months listening. It will be November before we have a draft plan.”
The first public meeting is slated for Thursday, May 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Cross Point Church South (the former Circuit City building next to Home Depot) at 7675 Highway 70 South.