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The Town of Nolensville is working through new zoning regulations for the Village area. PUBLIC HEARING MARCH 23 - 3 PM:

VILLAGE ZONING - PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing will be held on March 23 at 3 pm. 

For several months the Nolensville Planning Commission has worked to update the zoning regulations of the Village area. The work began by defining Small Scale Commercial Land Use category of the Nolensville Comprehensive Plan . The following language was adopted into the Comprehensive Plan:

"Small Scale Commercial/Village is a unique area that blends rough hewn rural structures with quaint historic buildings. It's character should be maintained through historic preservation and context where appropriately scaled residential uses should be allowed to encourage an active vibrant core. The area should be pedestrian scaled and bicycle friendly. Ground floors should be activated spaces that encourage walkability of the area. Buildings should be in close proximity to the street and design should be conscious to create a pedestrian friendly public realm. Buildings along Nolensville Road and wrapping corners should be placed at the sidewalk while those more than a block away may have a minimal amount of landscaped yard frontage. Parking should always be in the rear completely behind the building. Where necessary, large parking lots should be divided into smaller pedestrian scaled areas. Sidewalks should be at least 10 feet wide. Connections should be made to existing trails. Height of buildings should not exceed 2 stories at the street. Building stepbacks may create opportunities for a 3rd or 4th floor. Outdoor plazas, courtyard, outdoor dining areas may be appropriate in context. Landscape should be appropriate to urban form."

Based on this definition the Planning Commission elected to develop a hybrid form based code for the Village Area. This link will take you to the proposed ordinance.  

Proposed Zoning District Map (numbers on map do not indicate parcel numbers; flood plain is not exact)

Consideration was given to the positive and negative feedback received on Community Planning Day.  A comparison of the feedback and the outcome of the Village is presented here.  

Frequently Asked Questions
1. If the property is zoned with an overlay will it lose entitlements?  No, all entitlements granted through the PUD overlay process remain in plain.
2. What happens to a use that is no longer listed in the use chart but exist today?  All current uses are grandfathered and may continue to exist in the area.  
3. What's different in the proposed change? The proposed change focuses on the creation of a public realm that fits the definition of the Village as described by the Planning Commission.  More architectural control has been added to building types, building frontage as a percentage of the lot,  defined types of open space, frontage types allowed,  and public right way definition have all been added.
4. What if my lot is not included in the zoning change and I'd like to be part of the update?  You should reach out to the Nolensville Planning Department and make us aware that you would like to be included.
5. What if I don't like the changes proposed? You should attend the public hearing and express to the Board of Commissioners the specific areas of concern.
6. Can a lot in the Village area ask to become a Planned District? Yes, if the Planned District is passed by the Board of Commissioners the rezoning is available to all parcels in Nolensville.  However, the Planned District is not a guarantee. If the Board does not believe the proposal is appropriate for the Town they may disapprove Planned District applications.