A proposal to prohibit all future residential development in Nashville’s floodplain is back on the Metro Council’s agenda, but it won’t be there long.
Councilman Darren Jernigan, sponsor of the bill, said he plans to defer the ordinance to the first meeting of November to allow for more discussion on the proposal.
The floodplain bill, which had drawn criticism from many developers, is scheduled to go before the council on first reading next week after it was deferred in June. Back then, Jernigan agreed to push back the bill to make sure he was on the same page with Mayor Karl Dean, whose administration cautioned about moving to quickly. With next week’s expected deferral, voting on the bill will be delayed yet again.
“I’ve told the administration, I’m going to move the bill to the first week in November, so we have a strong timeline and we can have more meetings,” Jernigan said. I’ve told them that’s my date regardless of whether they’re ready or not. I want it to get done this year.”
Jernigan said he’s met with developers, environmentalists and property owners to broadly discuss the floodplain issue. In the coming weeks, he said he plans to sit down with co-sponsor Councilman Mike Jameson to more pointedly discuss “where we go from here.”
The mayor’s flood recovery team has received proposals from consultant firms that specialize in developing long-term plans for municipalities recovering from natural disasters. According to Curt Garrigan, a member of the recovery team, the evaluation of the proposals is ongoing.
Eventually, Jernigan said he hopes to reconvene with the mayor’s office to compare ideas.
“The way I look at it, we’re going to know Nashville a lot better than a consultant company,” Jernigan said. “But they have experience and they’ve done it before. So, I think working together, we’ll be able to come up with something really good.”