The Planning School

(Level One)


Urban planning, public policy, and architectural design are all professions that require much education and training, and are full-time jobs. This course is not intended to replicate that extensive training, but to equip residents with the information they need to better understand and engage in the Metro planning and zoning process. There is much room for improvement in this planning and zoning process, but this course is intended to cover the current state of affairs. The questions, insights, and experiences that participants may share will help N2N continue to make recommendations and work with Metro to ensure that Nashville’s neighborhoods are for Nashville neighbors.

First Session: Foundations

Saturday, October 10, 2020

• Basic terminology related to zoning, policy, land use, and land development

• Why zoning is important

• A brief history of Nashville’s zoning

Second Session: Policy & Zoning

Saturday, October 17, 2020

• How to use online tools to understand policy and zoning implications

• Key terms associated with policy and zoning

• The role of policy in planning & zoning, and what Community Character Manuals do

• The difference between policy and zoning

Third Session: Stakeholders

Saturday, October 24, 2020

• The names, roles, and responsibilities of various Metro Nashville departments

• The role and responsibilities of the Metro Planning Commission

• How various stakeholders interact

• Opportunities and strategies for public input

Fourth Session: The Development Process

Saturday, October 31, 2020

• The general steps of land development

• What role our different stakeholders play in this process

• The difference between a special exception, variance, and rezoning

• Strategies for effective public participation

Registration Fee

Increasingly, nonprofit organizations must charge for their services to continue operating. All earnings are used to support our mission.

We offer this course at three rates -- full, reduced, and significantly reduced. YOU DECIDE WHICH FEE YOU CAN BEST AFFORD:

  • Full Rate ($75)


  • Reduced Rate ($60)


  • Significantly Reduced Rate ($40)

Those paying the full rate will also receive a complimentary N2N individual membership.

Additionally, we do offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships upon request. Please contact Valeri Otey-Nellis at or 615-782-8212.

Due to the nature of this course, we will only be

offering in-person onsite training

Only eight residents will be admitted this year

on a first come, first served basis.


Due to the nature of this course, we will only be offering in-person onsite training. In response to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, we will only admit eight residents into the first class. Our training room will be set up to ensure physical distancing. Masks will be required (except when seated) and all attendees will have their temperature checked. No one with a temperature higher than 100.4°F (38°C) will be admitted.

Important Details About The Inaugural Course