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Nashville farms out comprehensive plan

The Town of Nashville is planning to update its plan for future growth.

Nashville's Town Council approved a contract earlier this month to update the town's Comprehensive Plan, which also includes a future land use plan.

Council unanimously voted to hire WithersRavenel Inc. to prepare the Comprehensive Plan at a cost of $72,250.

WithersRavenel were one of eight firms to submit RFQ's to the town. Town Manager Randy Lansing said during a scoring process, WithersRavenel came out on top.

"We really liked their public engagement plan for other towns they have done," Lansing told council members.

Nashville's Town Council last adopted a comprehensive plan for the town in 2011, after then Town Manager and Planning Director Preston Mitchell and Gene Foxworth spent several years working on the plan in house. The plan was put together entirely in house, with the exception of hiring a consultant for two parts of the 10-chapter plan.

That comprehensive plan was the first comprehensive plan the town has ever had.

Lansing said the updated plan would provide direction in where the town wants to go, and grow, in the future.

"It's a written document that we have public input on from the entire community," Lansing said. "It's our plan for how we're going to grow and regulate our growth, or facilitate our growth, going into the future."

An updated land use plan will be a big part of the comprehensive plan, Lansing said, and would be a part council would utilize most during rezoning requests.

"There's been a lot of growth and development in Nashville and around Nashville since that and some of those growth patterns that were thought to be what the town would see in 2011 didn't happen and then we've had areas that have grown by leaps and bounds that everybody thought would still be a farm field."

Lansing told council members that work on the plan is supposed to begin in August.

Mayor Brenda Brown said she saw the plan as a map for the town's future.

"It's said without a vision you perish and we certainly don't want to perish," Brown said. "I see it as our vision for the town for growing and using our land the best we can."

Councilwoman Louise Hinton said she understood the need to update the plan but reminded council of how much cheaper the plan was done the first time.

"They did it in house and they did it very economically," Hinton said. "It didn't cost $72,250. This is, to me, a big figure."

"I understand that it needs to be done but I saw what people can do in house," she added. "They did a very good job, I thought."


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