Nashville Area MPO Seeks Community Input

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As the third "transportation and land use" study undertaken by the MPO, the Southeast Area Transportation & Land Use Study draws together state, regional, and local partners to develop a preferred vision for growth and development in the area paralleling I-24 between I-40 and I-65 in Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Wilson counties. By taking steps now to coordinate plans for future development, participating agencies and jurisdictions can put in place the multimodal transportation improvements and land use policies necessary to support long-term prosperity and quality of life throughout the area.

Southeast area study offers community members the opportunity to shape future development.

Today, the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) launched an online tool to allow community members to help plan for future transportation needs in the southeastern portion of the metropolitan area. This online survey is part of the MPO’s Southeast Area Transportation and Land Use Study which has been underway over the past few months.

“This study offers residents and community stakeholders the opportunity to envision the future of this area based on various land use and development decisions,” said Michael Skipper, executive director of the Nashville Area MPO. “By identifying local preferences for how growth should occur in the future, we will be better positioned to put in place the most important multimodal transportation improvements and land use policies for long-term prosperity and quality of life throughout the fastest-growing part of the state.”

The study area consists of the region paralleling I-24 between I-40 and I-65 in Davidson, Rutherford, Williamson, and Wilson counties. The MPO is coordinating the effort with local planning efforts across those counties including NashvilleNext, Metro Nashville’s countywide general plan update, and working in concert with public transit agencies and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Those interested in participating in the survey can visit to learn more about potential growth scenarios and weigh in on how they would like to see the area grow. Input received will be used to craft a preferred vision for growth and development. Feedback will be accepted through mid-September.

The study will serve as the basis for major roadway and public transit recommendations for the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan scheduled for adoption by city and county mayors on the MPO Executive Board late next year. Local governments will be able to use the study findings to update the land use and transportation elements of their comprehensive plans.

To learn more about the study, visit

Media Contact: Michelle Lacewell, APR

About the Nashville Area MPO:

The Nashville Area MPO is the lead transportation policy, planning, and programming agency for Middle Tennessee and serves more than 1.5 million people throughout Davidson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson counties. Acting as a regional partnership among the local elected leadership, transit agencies, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and federal agencies, the MPO represents a forum for the business community and citizens across the seven-county area to help decide how federal and state funds will be used to improve roads, bridges, public transit, and walking and bicycling conditions.

The MPO leads in the development of the metropolitan area’s long-range transportation plan and near-term investment program, and contributes to ongoing conversations about economic development, land use, the environment, and public health. To learn more, visit

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