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File #: BL2021-619    Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Passed
File created: 1/26/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 3/16/2021 Final action: 3/16/2021
Title: An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, to amend Chapters 17.24 and 17.40 to add language pertaining to plans for street trees and streetscape, all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2021Z-001TX-001)
Sponsors: Mary Carolyn Roberts, Ginny Welsch
Attachments: 1. BL2021-619 Amendment

Title

An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, to amend Chapters 17.24 and 17.40 to add language pertaining to plans for street trees and streetscape, all of which is described herein (Proposal No. 2021Z-001TX-001)

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WHEREAS, The Council of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County has prioritized the preservation of and addition to the urban tree canopy; and

 

WHEREAS, The Metropolitan Government recognizes the importance of street trees on the health of our environment and the aesthetics of our city; and

 

WHEREAS, The Metropolitan Planning Department regularly works with communities to plan the future of their major corridors; and

 

WHEREAS, the citizens of Nashville and Davidson County prioritize the importance of trees in the health and aesthetics of our city.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 17.24 of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by adding the following under Article I. - General Provisions:

 

Upon creation of a plan for street trees and streetscape for a specific geographic area within Davidson County, the Metropolitan Planning Commission shall adopt the plan.

 

 

17.24.075 - Plans for Street Trees and Streetscape

 

A. Review and enforcement. Compliance with a street tree/streetscape plan shall be reviewed and enforced by the urban forester according to the provisions of this section. Where street trees required by an adopted plan are to be located within the public right-of-way, the urban forester shall consult with the director of public works and/or the director of water services, or their designees, in review and enforcement of the plan. A street tree/streetscape plan shall be designated as a layer in GIS and mapping systems, and all parcels affected by a street tree/streetscape plan shall be flagged on all permitting.

B. Applicability.

1.                     Multi-family or non-residential development or redevelopment. All provisions of this section shall apply to the development or redevelopment of multi-family or non-residential property which includes one or more of the following:

a.                     Construction of a new structure on a vacant lot, including lots on which all structures have been or are planning to be demolished; or

b.                     The cost of any one renovation equal to or greater than fifty percent of the current appraised value of all structures on the lot, or the value of multiple renovations during any five-year period equal to or greater than seventy-five percent of the current appraised value of all structures on the lot; or

c.                     The cost of any one expansion equal to or greater than twenty-five percent of the current appraised value of all structures on the lot, or the value of multiple renovations during any five-year period equal to or greater than fifty percent of the current appraised value of all structures on the lot; or

d.                     The total building square footage of any one expansion is equal to or greater than twenty-five percent of the total square footage of all structures on the lot, or the total building square footage of multiple expansions during any five-year period is equal to or greater than fifty percent of the total square footage of all the structures on the lot.

2.                     Single-family or two-family construction. All provisions of this section shall apply to the construction of new single-family or new attached or detached two-family structure(s) on a vacant lot, including lots on which all structures have been or are planned to be demolished.

C. Installation and maintenance.

1. Trees shall be installed according to the provisions of the Metro Nashville Street Tree Specifications prepared and maintained by Metro Water Services in conjunction with Metro Public Works, Planning and Codes.

2. The owner of the property frontage along with the street trees are installed shall maintain the trees installed per this title according to the provisions of the Metro Nashville Street Tree Specifications. The owner of the property frontage shall execute and record a restrictive covenant agreeing to these maintenance responsibilities.

3. Trees installed pursuant to this section shall be eligible for credit toward the tree density required by Article II, Tree Protection and Replacement, of this Chapter. 

D. Modifications and amendments. The urban forester shall have the authority to grant minor modifications to the adopted street tree plan including, but not limited to, adjustments in spacing or planting location that do not alter the overall concept of the adopted street tree/streetscape plan. Minor modifications may be granted based on existing physical site conditions such as utilities, a ditch or drainage ditch, historic wall(s) or stone wall(s), existing trees, or steep topography. Modifications that alter the overall concept of the adopted plan shall be considered major and require amendment of the plan by the Metro Planning Commission.

E. Waivers and compliance. The zoning administrator may waive, in whole or in part, the requirements of this section upon request by the property owner or its agent due to existing physical features on the property such as utilities, a ditch or drainage ditch, historic wall(s) or stone wall(s), existing trees, steep topography, or other hardship. In addition to the urban forester, the zoning administrator shall consult with the executive director of the planning department, or their designee, and where appropriate the director of public works and/or the director of water services, or their designees, prior to making any final determination. 

F. Appeals to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The provisions of this section may be varied or interpretations appealed in conformance with Chapter 17.40, Administration and Procedures. The board of zoning appeals may require a contribution to the tree bank, as provided for in Section 17.40.480 of this title, or other appropriate mitigation for the loss of the trees required by the street tree/streetscape plan as a condition of the variance. The board of zoning appeals shall not accept an application until the zoning administrator has made a determination on the requirement as set forth in this chapter.

 

Section 2. That Subsection 17.40.340.B of the Metropolitan Code is hereby amended by adding the following to the list of Sections/Tables that may not be varied without first considering a recommendation from the planning commission:

 

                     Section 17.24.075

 

Section 3. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately after its passage and such change be published in a newspaper of general circulation, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

 

Agenda Analysis

Analysis

 

This ordinance, as amended, authorizes the Planning Commission to adopt a street tree and/or streetscape plan for specific geographic areas within Davidson County. The urban forester would be tasked with review and enforcement of a street tree/streetscape plan. These provisions would be applicable to single- or two-family construction of new single-family or attached or detached two-family structures on a vacant lot, including lots where all structures have been or are planned to be demolished and multi-family or non-residential development or redevelopment which includes one or more of the following:

a.                     Construction of a new structure on a vacant lot, including lots on which all structures have been or are planning to be demolished; or

b.                     The cost of any one renovation equal to or greater than fifty percent of the current appraised value of all structures on the lot, or the value of multiple renovations during any five-year period equal to or greater than seventy-five percent of the current appraised value of all structures on the lot; or

c.                     The cost of any one expansion equal to or greater than twenty-five percent of the current appraised value of all structures on the lot, or the value of multiple renovations during any five-year period equal to or greater than fifty percent of the current appraised value of all structures on the lot; or

d.                     The total building square footage of any one expansion is equal to or greater than twenty-five percent of the total square footage of all structures on the lot, or the total building square footage of multiple expansions during any five-year period is equal to or greater than fifty percent of the total square footage of all the structures on the lot.

 

Trees would be required to be installed and maintained according to the provisions of the Metro Nashville Street Tree Specifications. Trees installed pursuant to this ordinance would be eligible for credit toward the tree density requirements.

 

The urban forester could make minor modifications to the plan based on existing physical site conditions. However, amendments that alter the overall concept of the plan would be required to go before the Planning Commission. The Zoning Administrator would be authorized to waive, in whole or in part, requirements of this ordinance upon request of the property owner or its agent due to existing physical features. Decisions on waivers would be made in consultation with the urban forester, and, if applicable, the director of Metro Public Works, the director of Metro Water Services, or their designee. 

 

The provisions of this ordinance could be varied or appealed to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The BZA could require a contribution to the tree bank or other appropriate mitigation as a condition of the variance.

 

This ordinance was approved with an amendment by the Planning Commission.