Planning

Mission
The City Planner answers a number of questions, including those about the zoning requirements, subdivision regulations, and application processes.

The city planner reviews plans for:
  • Development
  • Rezoning Requests
  • Special Exceptions
  • Subdivision Plans
  • Variance Requests
The various requests are directed to the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA), and the Board of Mayor and Alderman.

The Planner is a member of the Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Technical Coordinating Committee. The MPO is responsible for planning and prioritizing federal and state funded transportation projects for much of Middle Tennessee.

General Information

La Vergne’s location and population have proven prime for commercial development. The City has seen a steady increase of restaurants and retail over the last several years to meet the demands of the nation’s 61st fastest growing suburb (Forbes, 2007). After potential developers explore the advantages of operating in La Vergne, they work with the City Planner and City Engineer to find out what is needed to meet the planning and engineering requirements for their site layout. The Codes Department is then consulted to find out structure specific issues, building permit, impact, and tap fees, and signage requirements.

Checklists, Fees, & Forms
It is best to call and schedule an appointment to discuss planning items in depth to ensure that all items have been researched and documents are ready. Preconferences for Planning Commission and BOZA submittals are highly recommended, in order to avoid delays in the approval process. Pre-conferences can be scheduled through the City Planner or City Engineer. A list of submittal dates can be provided.

The City’s standard application is required for site plan and plat submittal. Board of Zoning Appeals and rezoning submittals must include this along their own application. The City also has checklists to assist with site plans, preliminary plats, final plats, rezonings, special exception, and variance applications. These applications must be accompanied by a submittal fee and other required information.