Sidewalks Required in More of Nashville, Thanks to New Law

Supporters of Nashville's new sidewalk requirements for residential construction say sidewalks are a critical component of transportation infrastructure.
April 21, 2017, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Metro Council took action Tuesday that will significantly increase the number of developers in Nashville — particularly homebuilders — who are required to provide sidewalks during new construction projects," reports Joey Garrison.

The legislation closes a loophole in Davidson County "that has allowed builders of new single-family homes and duplexes in neighborhoods throughout Nashville to not provide sidewalks." Before the new legislation, sidewalks were required onlu in residential subdivisions.

The bill had the support of Mayor Megan Barry and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Homebuilders Association of Tennessee opposed the project.

Eric Snyder reported on the bill earlier in the legislative process, mapping the boundary of the Urban Zoning Overlay where the new requirements will take effect. Hat tip to Rachel Dovey for sharing the news.

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Published on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in The Tennessean
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