Local Planning Services

In addition to serving as the lead agency for regional transpotation planning, GNRC provides local planning assistance to communities across Middle Tennessee. Technical and planning services include:

On-Call Planning Assistance

GNRC provides, upon request, planning services to local governments.  These fee-based services have GNRC acting as staff to the local planning commission and/or board of zoning appeals. Specific activities include a review of land development proposals, meeting preparation, review or drafting comprehensive plan amendments, and review or drafting revised land use policies or zoning ordinances.   

Development of Regulations, Standards, and Policies

Planning at the local government level requires using various development regulations, policies, and standards.  Regional growth increasingly involves developments that abut or overlap multiple jurisdictional boundaries.  GNRC works to harmonize standards and policies among our cities and counties.

To enhance the compatibility of different local standards and policies the GNRC staff will, when requested, assist local governments by working through the various inter-governmental coordinating committees and individual planning commissions to develop regional minimums for recommended use by all governments.  

Special Projects

GNRC staff is available to local planning staffs and public officials to undertake special assistance projects, such as; comprehensive plan updates, zoning ordinance modifications, corridor studies, and economic impact assessments, among others.  GNRC will continue to advocate for local jurisdictions to state and federal agencies and help guide the local jurisdiction to programs or agencies, as appropriate. The GNRC staff is also available to advise on any proposed changes to the Urban Growth Boundaries or County Growth Plans as formed by each county under Public Chapter 1101. 

Local Government Planning Coordination Groups

GNRC staff facilitates semi-formal coordinating groups of local planning officials in several counties across the region.  These groups include planning commission members, IT staff, planning staff, chamber of commerce representatives, city officials, farm bureau members, construction representatives, and building department officials.  This collaboration can coordinate planning activities, highlight mutual problems and potential solutions, increase awareness of overall growth issues, and open lines of communication.