Busy Day!

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Today has been extremely busy and I didn't get a chance to write until now... Upon my arrival at City Hall, the council chamber was littered with Neo-Nazi antagonistic a**holes (sorry mom). 

They've marched through our streets, passed out anti-black, anti-immigrant anti-latino, anti-women, anti-semitic, anti-America, anti-everything leaflets. I'm very, very agitated- and you should be too. Nashville is a city built on Love for our Neighbors, not Hate because we disagree. We are a strong city and these unlawful assemblies are unwelcomed.

Please write your city leaders, mayor, vice-mayor, police, state troopers, state leaders and share how pissed off you are too.

What I've Been Up To:
  • Baby continues to progress - Our latest fun has been watching him dance to Prince's song "Let's Go Crazy" This is his favorite song - Crying, play Prince. Grouchy - play Prince. Happy-play Prince -- He absolutely Loves this Song!
  • College Hill Community Meeting Rescheduled - This meeting was postponed and I'll keep you posted.
  • Jefferson St - Working with Planning and NDOT to schedule community engagement and listening sessions regarding the Jefferson St. Cap. A few years ago, Mayor Cooper initiated a Cap project in North Nashville along Jefferson Street that was met with opposition and pushback. We listened and did not move forward with that project, however, I wanted to make sure the funds and the option for additional funding remained in North Nashville - I've accomplished that, and we are working to hear directly from you on your thoughts of where this project should go from here - and it can be other than a Cap.
  • Jefferson St./28th Ave Roundabout - Several months ago we held an active community meeting regarding the proposed roundabout. Many of you wanted to look at alternatives to traffic safety other than a roundabout and we worked through ways to provide that during the meeting. I'm working with NDOT to bring this conversation back to the community with updates regarding your thoughts and designs for your review. 

What's Happening Tonight:  

RS2024-604 -A resolution honoring the life of former Member of Council Edith Taylor Langster.

BL2024-187 -An ordinance amending Section 17.16.030 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations to amend the conditions for adaptive residential developments located in non-residential zoning districts where residential uses are permitted with conditions 

BL2024-427 -An ordinance adopting a transit improvement program for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, approving a surcharge for the program, and requesting the Davidson County Election Commission to call a county-wide referendum election to be held on November 5, 2024, regarding the levying of the surcharge on certain taxes to fund the program.

BL2024-428 -An ordinance approving, ratifying, and adopting Chapter 68 of the Private Acts of 2024, authorizing the establishment of an East Bank Development Authority.

Dates To Remember:

  • College Hill Community Meeting - Preservation Overlays
    • Thursday, August 1 
    • 6 PM
    • TBD (It will be in or close to the neighborhood, waiting for final confirmation)

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


A Celebration of Freedom

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and Resilience
Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the day in 1865 when the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. This momentous occasion symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States and is a day to honor the resilience, culture, and enduring spirit of African Americans. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, has grown from a regional observance into a national celebration, recognized for its historical significance and cultural impact.
Communities across the country commemorate Juneteenth with a variety of events including parades, festivals, educational programs, and family gatherings. These celebrations not only pay tribute to African American history and heritage but also highlight the ongoing struggles for equality and justice. As we reflect on the legacy of Juneteenth, it is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress made and to renew our commitment to the pursuit of true freedom and equality for all.

Budget Season

Budget season will come to an end tonight... Hopefully. As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter, the budget must be passed by the end of June. If the council does not pass a substitute budget or any amendments to the mayor's proposed budget, we must adopt the budget as proposed by the mayor.

Since our last conversation, Budget Chair CM Delishia Porterfield has proposed a substitute budget for the next fiscal year, presenting an alternative to Mayor Freddie O’Connell’s plan. Key aspects of CM Porterfield’s budget include a 4% cost-of-living adjustment for most Metro workers, a $1 million allocation for the Varsity Spending Plan, $300,000 for a contract and compliance board, $750,000 to expand the REACH program, $900,000 for the Nashville Public Defender’s Office, $250,000 for new Metro Human Relations Commission positions, and $400,000 for an equity study for Metro Arts.

I believe CM Porterfield has submitted a strong substitute that responds to the needs of our constituents and balances the budget. Even with the budget being tight, we will be able to provide a budget that works for the city. Her proposal reflects careful consideration of various priorities and constraints, aiming to enhance employee compensation and address community needs without imposing cuts on city departments.

What I've Been Up To:

  • We are feverishly planning a 1-year birthday celebration for baby P! This year has been full of joy and so many surprises. We are grateful to you for your continued support and prayers as we navigate our new lives as parents! 
    • Toddler World here we come!! (We've already been here for two months, it's just official next week!)
  • Along with NDOT and the Jefferson Street Historical Society, we hosted business owners and residents along Jefferson St to highlight some of the challenges and needed updates. This meeting/tour went well and we're looking forward to the next steps.
  • 28th Ave N had speed humps installed - This was an award from the NDOT Traffic Calming Program.
  • We'll be hosting an Elizabeth Park neighbor walk/meeting to discuss traffic calming - finalizing dates this week.
  • North Nashville Transit Ribbon cutting has been postponed - it was to happen this week. Once I know the new dates, I'll share
  • Tentative Dates for College Hill's Preservation Overlay Conversation - July 25

What's Happening Tonight:  

RS2024-539 -A resolution approving an agreement for the purchase of a parcel of property near the intersection of Youngs Lane and Baptist World Center Drive for a new fire station.

BL2024-373 - This is the annual budget legislation - and you can find the substitute budget here 

Dates To Remember:

  • Check back for meeting dates and event reminders

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Closed by Court Order

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Things you may not care about, but it's pretty interesting news...

  • Birmingham Southern is still in the Division III College World Series and the University officially closed its doors last Friday.

Closed by Court Order

1613 Buchanan St has been a source of criticism, complaints, and anxiety for quite some time. For years, neighbors have loathed this property. It has been a hub of nuisances including prostitution, drugs, loitering, violent crimes, and other illegal activities. Community members have long worked to change the behavior associated with this property or remove the nuisance for good.

Well, you may have heard, that Star Market has been closed by court order. MNPD conducted several months of investigations into this market and found overwhelming evidence of nefarious acts. The owners have been cited for money laundering, criminal fencing, and other illegal activities.

Over the past five years, since I've been the District Councilman, I have heard from both old and new residents alike regarding their disdain for this store. Today, I received a call from a 72-year-old neighbor who has lived in the same house all their life. They were over the moon; it was one of the happiest days for them in this neighborhood.

Thank you to Cmdr. Anthony McClain for his diligent work in listening to the public and responding by removing this nuisance of a property. I also want to thank former Cmdr. Terrance Graves for his years of service to this area and for his efforts in working toward change for this property.

This was indeed a good day for North Nashville residents!

Fiber Disruptions Legislation - RS2024-519

I'm happy to sponsor this resolution that will address the ongoing disruptions caused by fiber installations in Nashville. The resolution requests the Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure (NDOT) to enforce stricter regulations, ensuring timely permanent repairs and better coordination with the NDOT Paving Program. It also calls for a re-evaluation of NDOT’s standards to ensure compliance with local and national regulations. This will help mitigate the extended disruptions to vehicular and pedestrian access that our city has been facing.

Budget Season

Over the past few weeks, we've been discussing the budget. We've hosted the final budget hearings and held the council budget workshops. Tonight, we will host our second public hearing on the budget. This hearing gives the council a chance to hear directly from the public regarding the mayor's proposed budget. In the first public hearing, we were able to hear what you would like to see in the mayor's proposed budget. One thing that I've heard consistently is housing, and we've been able to work on that. I was happy to see that the mayor proposed a substantial amount of money for the Barnes Housing Fund. This is outstanding, I serve on the Barnes Housing Trust Commission, and we have seen an overwhelming amount of applications and are gearing up for another round of funding. The dollars allocated will help us fund several additional affordable housing projects next year.

As I mentioned in my last note, this budget is extremely tight. Budget Chair Porterfield has been working diligently to find funding for the council's wishlist. This wishlist is comprised of funding areas members felt were important to their constituents. However, it's been tough finding any wiggle room with a budget that is somewhat insolvent. 

After tonight's meeting, we will have a special called meeting next week to discuss the budget and then a final reading of the budget will be heard on June 18. By law, the council must approve a balanced budget by July 1 or the mayor's budget will proceed as the adopted budget for the year.

Budget Resources:

I wanted to keep these in front of you as we continue the budget process.

What I've Been Up To:

  • I told you Baby P is walking... Well, he hasn't stopped yet. He's also now talking - I guess you can say talking, more of a squeal or a scream when I'm not moving fast enough with his oranges and bananas. He hasn't quite learned what patience means.
  • Fisk University - I've heard from a large number of constituents asking for me to support Fisk University with a resolution that will allocate ARPA dollars towards Fisk's campus.
  • Alleys - I've been hearing an uptick in requests for alley clean-ups and dumping issues. I've contacted NDOT and during my personal alley inspections, I have seen several crews clearing overgrown vegetation and debris from alleys.
  • Traffic Calming Updates:
    • Speed Humps have been installed on 28th Ave N between Buchanan St. and Ed Temple
    • A four-way stop has been installed at the 9th Ave N and Clay St. intersection
    • This month I will be meeting with a neighborhood committee and NDOT to discuss traffic calming in the Elizabeth Park community.
  • Finalizing dates for a community meeting with the neighbors in the Hadley Park/College Hill neighborhoods to discuss preservation overlays.
  • June 14th I will be with NDOT doing a walk along Jefferson St at 10am

What's Happening Tonight:  

BL2024-373 and BL2024-389 These are the bill numbers for the budget and capital improvements budget - respectively

RS2024-491- A resolution amending RS2022-1905 and RS2024-203 by changing the proposed uses of certain American Rescue Plan Funds appropriated to Fisk University.

RS2024-519 -A resolution requesting the Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure to change minimum requirements for fiber and communications installations.

BL2024-353 - An ordinance authorizing Tennessee State University to construct and install an aerial and above ground encroachment at 3100 John A. Merritt Boulevard

Dates To Remember:

  • Check back for meeting dates and event reminders

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Here Comes the Budget

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Things you may not care about, but it's pretty interesting news...

  • Manchester City won their 4th Premier League Title in a Row! This is a major record. 
  • Nashville SC parted ways with Coach Gary Smith last week.
  • Birmingham-Southern College will close its doors on May 31, however, their baseball team is slated to play after the school closes!
  • Seems like the cicadas will be here until August - Sorry!

Budget Season

We are in the heart of the city's budget. I always like to point out CM Zulfat Suara's Budget Conversations and her Blog. I think she does a great job breaking down this information from a wide lens while bringing in the most recent historical aspects of how we got to this upcoming budget.

This budget isn't flashy... There are no tax increases proposed, it seems that the proposal is to remain flat (very modest budget increases), the Finance Director has deemed the city's fund balance is healthy, and the increased revenue is projected to grow less than 2%. Some highlights from the mayor's proposal are the 3.5% COLA increase for teachers and metro employees. There is also a 3% merit increase proposed for eligible employees, and there is a proposed $20 per hour minimum as the lowest salary for all Metro employees. The mayor has also proposed to complete projects that were funded in prior years that have not been completed with general fund dollars. 

Here is a glance at some of the budget proposals I've noticed...

  • Fire Prevention and Control's year-over-year budget decreased (They had a $1M one-time appropriation - wanted to note this)
  • Public Health and Hospitals increased by roughly $2M
  • Recreational and Culture has reduced by $1M
  • Public Libraries will see a nearly $600k increase
  • Law Enforcement and the County Sherriff will see an increase of nearly $14M
  • Infrastructure and Transportation will see an increase of over $3M
  • Education will grow from $1.20M to $1.24M

Looking at the numbers reminds me of what I mentioned earlier, that the budget will remain flat. Looking at historical values year-over-year, none of these budget line items are seeing a drastic increase or decrease in their funding.

Budget Resources:

What I've Been Up To:

  • Baby P is walking!! Well, kinda walking... Picture a dizzy T-Rex stumbling down Broadway... More like that type of walking.
  • I'm all in on the budget... The budget book is only 600 pages this year, which will save some time reviewing.
  • Racist flyers in North Nashville - I am working with Metro Police to find the origin of the hateful and racist flyers that neighbors found littered throughout their streets. If you know anything or have camera footage along 10th Ave N, 11th Ave N, and Arthur Ave, please reach out to me directly.
  • I have been checking in on a few constituents who have been sick and shut-in. I've taken some time to visit with a few widowers, neighbors in the hospital, and who are now home from the hospital. Please check on your neighbor, they may need some help.
  • Buchanan Street safety... Following a shooting on Buchanan St on May 5, I received an overwhelming amount of correspondence from constituents. I have been in very close contact with Cmdr. McClain regarding several of the items brought forth in those messages. He is working to mitigate the problem areas and create an enforcement team to support the area. I joined a meeting with the business owners and they have seemed to put the earnest on themselves as well. They are taking this seriously and are holding each other accountable to make sure their customers do not disrupt our community like this again.
  • LED Lighting in District 21... You may have noticed new and brighter lighting throughout the District. Along with NES, we are replacing some of our older lighting and updating the street and alley lighting.
  • Neighborhood preservation - Working with a few neighborhoods to preserve their areas. We are looking at several ways, either with legislation to add preservation overlays, scale back the land use policy, etc.
  • Beautification - I'm working with Codes and NDOT on beautification matters. NDOT is doing better at clearing the alleys, cutting back overgrown vegetation, and picking up bulk item waste. There are several absentee-owned properties that we are reviewing. I believe that the Codes department will take action on a few of these properties soon.

What's Happening Tonight:  

RS2024-351: A resolution requesting certain departments of the Metropolitan Government to provide a comprehensive analysis of recommended changes to increase the safety, security, housing resources for the unhoused, and cleanliness of the properties surrounding the Cumberland River within the downtown interstate loop.

BL2024-336: An ordinance approving a services agreement between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, acting by and through the Metropolitan Mayor’s Office, and the Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (“EPRI”) for an Accelerating Resilience of the Community through Holistic Engagement and use of Renewables (“ARCHER”) project to minimize the potential burden on local residents due to insufficient energy resilience related to extreme weather events.

Dates To Remember:

  • Check back for meeting dates and event reminders

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 


The Term's First Budget!

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

By the end of this month, the mayor must present his budget to the council and publically to the city. The city charter requires that the council receive the mayor's budget before the end of April. I presume that we will hear the most pressing parts of the budget on April 27th during this term's first State of Metro Address

I am anticipating the themes in this upcoming budget to be very heavy around public transportation, pedestrian and roadway infrastructure investments, and hopefully, we will see a few capital improvements that benefit District 21. I am however unsure if we will see a substantial portion of funding going towards the city's need for affordable housing. For years, we made investments in our affordable housing progress, but these investments have been minute and, truly, haven't put a dent into our affordable housing needs. 

Last term, the council approved two purchases of property, 88 Hermitage Ave and the former Hickory Hollow/Global Mall in Antioch, for a total of nearly $65 Million. Neither one of these properties has a plan in place for how they would be used. As most of us know, the toughest part in creating more housing is securing the land, well, we already have $65 million in land and I hope the mayor creates a plan to build much-needed housing on these sites mentioned above.

**Note, we failed to purchase the Morris building, which houses decades of black history in Nashville's rich heritage in the civil rights movement**

Moreover, we will soon see how the mayor will set the tone for our city's spending this term. This is by far one of the most important budgets this city will see over the next few years. At this time last term, we were in the midst of a global health pandemic, recovering from a devasting tornado, and facing receivership from the State of Tennessee. We are in a much better financial place than once before. We aren't completely out of the woods, but we do have an opportunity before us to help the most vulnerable in this city. Let's see if we can do just that.

What I've Been Up To:

  • Crawling faster than the speed of light!! I remember when Baby P would just stay in one place... Well, those days are over and my attention is now glued to his little knees and hands as he crawls to any and every crevice of our home. He is one of the most inquisitive 9-month-olds I've ever seen.
  • College Hill Neighborhood Preservation - The College Hill area is a historic gem in our district. With homes built and designed by McKissack and McKissack Architecture and Engineering firm.
    • This is still a top priority for the neighbors in this area. We are close to presenting a few ideas in the coming month or so. Stay tuned...
  • Elizabeth Park, Jones=Buena Vista, and Buena Vista Heights Neighborhood traffic calming plan. I'm working with NDOT a small group of neighborhood leaders in these areas to create a plan to help slow the speed of traffic and limit the amount of vehicle-involved accidents in this area. Our goal is to install traffic calming measures to push through-traffic outside of the residential zone to the main throughways. 
  • I'm also working with NDOT to rethink the round-a-bout at 28th and Jefferson. A few months ago, we hosted a meeting to receive feedback regarding a proposed round-a-bout at 28th Ave N and Jefferson St. NDOT is working through this feedback and we are preparing to follow up with a meeting to discuss what they feel they heard from the community.
  • I'm hearing more from neighbors about loud parties at Short-Term Rental properties. I'm working with Codes to investigate these items. 
    • Please send any addresses you feel are not complying with Nashville's Short-Term Rental guidelines. We will add these properties to the investigation

What's Happening Tonight:  

The first five pages of tonight's agenda are boards and commissions confirmations. These roles are extremely important to the city of Nashville. The people on these boards make daily decisions on how this city runs. During the last council meeting, we added more structure to how these seats are filled. Our goal is to see more and more, everyday Nashvillians on these boards and commissions. 

Here are the items we updated for more structure regarding boards and commissions...

Rule 23: This rule relates to the mayor's appointment of board and commission members. This rule would require that the mayor's appointees join the rules committee two weeks before the council votes for appointment. This will allow for the council to provide proper vetting of these individuals who will lead important boards and commissions that make final decisions for the city.

Rule 50: This rule is similar to Rule 23. If passed it will change how the council adopts boards and commission members. It will require the same two-week period as Rule 23 and the applicant must present during the Rules Committee and will be considered by the entire council body for a vote in two weeks or at the next council meeting.

Here is my general legislation items section...

BL2024-305 -An ordinance authorizing the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by and through the Department of Parks and Recreation, to deaccession the Pre-Columbian collection from the Parthenon. 

RS2024-363 -A resolution accepting a grant from the Centennial Park Conservancy to the Metropolitan Government, acting by and through the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, to provide funding for one part-time position in the Parthenon Museum Store.

BL2024-220 -An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6-A zoning for property located at 1708 17th Ave. N

BL2024-258 -An ordinance declaring surplus certain real property and authorizing the Metropolitan Government's execution and delivery of a master development agreement and ground lease agreements related thereto, an amended and restated site coordination agreement, a campus operations and use
agreement, a declaration, and other documents and agreements relating to the development of a portion of the east bank stadium campus 

Dates To Remember:

  • Check back for meeting dates and event reminders

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 


Prepare for Inclement Weather!

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Tornado Season is Upon Us

I wanted to get this out earlier than normal due to the Tornado Watch some of the county is under! Please take heed and prepare yourself!!

With tornado season upon us, it's crucial to be prepared and informed about what to do in the event of a tornado and how to stay safe. In this newsletter, I'll provide you with a step-by-step guide on tornado preparedness, including what to do before, during, and after a tornado, as well as essential tips to recognize the signs of an impending tornado.

Before a Tornado:

Create a Tornado Emergency Plan: Discuss with your family members or housemates where to seek shelter during a tornado. Identify a safe room in your home, preferably a basement or an interior room without windows, where everyone can gather during a tornado.

Build an Emergency Kit: Assemble an emergency kit containing essentials such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, blankets, and any necessary medications. Keep this kit easily accessible in your designated safe room.

Stay Informed: Keep abreast of weather forecasts and warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). Sign up for weather alert notifications on your smartphone or invest in a NOAA Weather Radio to receive alerts even during power outages.

During a Tornado:

Seek Shelter Immediately: If a tornado warning is issued or you observe threatening weather conditions such as dark, rotating clouds or a roaring sound, take shelter in your safe room without delay. Avoid windows, doors, and exterior walls.

Protect Yourself: Cover your head and neck with sturdy furniture or cushions to shield yourself from flying debris. If you have access to helmets, heavy blankets, or even your mattress use them for extra protection.

Stay Informed: Continue to monitor weather updates via a battery-powered radio or smartphone until the tornado threat has passed. Be prepared to stay in your safe location until authorities confirm the all-clear signal.

After a Tornado:

Assess the Damage: Once the tornado has passed and it's safe to do so, cautiously emerge from your shelter and assess the damage to your property. Watch out for hazards such as downed power lines, broken glass, and unstable structures.

Check for Injuries: Attend to any injuries promptly and seek medical assistance if necessary. Remember to prioritize your safety and the safety of others before assessing property damage.

Contact Authorities: Report any injuries or significant damage to local emergency services. Follow instructions from authorities regarding evacuation or further safety measures.

Recognizing Tornado Signs:

Dark, Greenish Sky: Tornadoes can cause the sky to appear dark, often with a greenish tint, due to the presence of hail and debris in the air.

Large Hail: Intense thunderstorms preceding tornadoes may produce large hailstones, which can indicate the potential for tornado formation.

Rotating Clouds: Look for low-hanging clouds that rotate or exhibit a funnel-like shape, especially if accompanied by a continuous roaring sound resembling a freight train.

By following these steps and staying informed, you can minimize the risks associated with tornadoes and protect yourself and your loved ones. Remember, preparedness is key to weathering the storm safely.

What I've Been Up To:

  • This is the season of sick... We started daycare and Baby P has had some sort of illness since we began. And so have mom and dad. We are working through it all, but it's taking a lot of time away from work to hang with a sick baby.
  • College Hill Neighborhood Preservation - The College Hill area is a historic gem in our district. With homes built and designed by McKissack and McKissack Architecture and Engineering firm.
  • Traffic Calming with NDOT - I've been in conversation with several neighborhoods in need of traffic calming for safer streets. I'm working to make sure our district is prioritized in this area.
  • Development requests - If I had a nickel for every rezone, development request, etc. Baby P's inheritance would be outrageous!! I get calls and emails all day every day. I'm working through these, however, I prioritize constituents in my work. In the coming months, a few of these requests would have been vetted and I will then introduce them to you for a presentation.
  • I'm hearing more from neighbors about loud parties at Short Term Rental properties. I'm working with Codes to investigate these items. 
  • There has been a request for a DADU overlay in the Tomorrow's Hope neighborhood. I'm working now to schedule a community meeting to discuss later this month.

What's Happening tonight:  

Tonight we have a few Rule Changes... These are the rules by which the council body acts to serve the city and manage the city's business. I wanted to highlight a few rule changes that you should review.

Rule 23: This rule relates to the mayor's appointment of board and commission members. This rule would require that the mayor's appointees join the rules committee two weeks before the council votes for appointment. This will allow for the council to provide proper vetting of these individuals who will lead important boards and commissions that make final decisions for the city.

Rule 50: This rule is similar to Rule 23. If passed it will change how the council adopts boards and commission members. It will require the same two-week period as Rule 23 and the applicant must present during the Rules Committee and will be considered by the entire council body for a vote in two weeks or at the next council meeting.

Here is my general legislation items section...

BL2024-220 -An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, by changing from RS5 to R6-A zoning for property located at 1708 17th Ave. N., approximately 250 feet northwest of Wheless Street (0.19 acres) and located within a Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit Overlay District

RS2024-353 -A resolution opposing legislation vacating the state university board of Tennessee State University and allowing the management, governance, powers, and duties to be transferred to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

BL2024-254 An ordinance to amend Title 15 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws relative to infrastructure investment for offsite construction. This is essentially a who pays for what bill. Currently, there are services the developer is required to cover the cost of when building. One of the items in this bill would allow for the developer to recoup any investment for creating offsite value for future projects for up to 15 years.

BL2024-293 -An ordinance amending Chapter 15.64 and Chapter 16.04 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to restrict fences in the floodway and floodplain and to require a fence permit for all fences to be constructed within Nashville and Davidson County.

Dates To Remember:

  • Check back for meeting dates and event reminders

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 

 


Sidewalks and Buses

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

The mayor is unveiling updated conceptual maps. These maps are an extension of the initial concepts presented at the Technical Advisory Committee meeting on March 6. 

The "Choose How You Move – An All-Access Pass to Sidewalks, Signals, Service, and Safety" initiative focuses on four core areas:

Sidewalks: The concept maps propose constructing up to 86 additional miles of sidewalks, connecting bustling neighborhoods to major corridors and providing safer pedestrian and cyclist routes.

Signals: Improvement plans encompass approximately 600 traffic signals, particularly along major corridors, utilizing technology to enhance traffic flow efficiency and coordination based on demand.

Service: The maps outline 38 miles of BRT lanes, shaped by public input, which aim to expedite travel along busy corridors such as Dickerson Road, Gallatin Road, Murfreesboro Road, and Nolensville Road.

The mayor has mentioned that they will be hosting engagement events to hear from neighbors. You can review his entire map plan here. Please continue to share your thoughts on the plan. As we move closer toward budget season, I will be interested in your voice and your thoughts on the transit planning from the mayor.

What's Happening tonight:  

RS2024-293 -A resolution exempting 1008 28th Ave N, from the minimum distance requirements for obtaining a Short Term Rental Property - Not Owner-Occupied permit 

RS2024-294 A resolution exempting 1010 28th Ave N, from the minimum distance requirements for obtaining a Short Term Rental Property - Not Owner-Occupied permit

RS2024-295 A resolution exempting 1012 28th Ave N, from the minimum distance requirements for obtaining a Short Term Rental Property - Not Owner-Occupied permit

RS2024-296 A resolution exempting 1014 28th Ave N, from the minimum distance requirements for obtaining a Short Term Rental Property - Not Owner-Occupied permit

RS2024-288 -A resolution requesting the Metropolitan Planning Department, Metropolitan Department of Codes and Building Safety, Historic Preservation Offices, Metro Water Services, and Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure to conduct the necessary technical studies, as determined by the departments, to provide a comprehensive analysis of recommended changes to the Metropolitan Code of Laws that would increase allowable density in Nashville and Davidson County and make recommendations regarding land use policy which incorporates affordable and workforce housing strategies that can be supported by existing and planned infrastructure.

RS2024-310 - A resolution accepting an in-kind grant from the Centennial Park Conservancy to the Metropolitan Government, acting by and through the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation, to fund the purchase and installation of an Art Sentry Security System at the Parthenon.

Dates To Remember:

  • Neighborhood Community Meeting
    • RE: Transition Policy Update - 1809 9th Ave N
    • Meeting Date: Thursday, March 28th, 2024
    • Meeting Location: Crossroads - 1757 16th Ave N
    • Meeting Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 

 


COYBIG

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

COYBIG - Come On You Boys In Gold!!

The excitement is palpable as Nashville SC and Inter Miami prepare to ignite the stadium with their fervent Concacaf clash tonight. In a match brimming with potential, both teams enter the arena with a fire in their hearts and a singular goal: victory. As the night unfolds, spectators can expect a spectacle of soccer brilliance, where every pass, tackle, and goal holds the promise of glory.

Adding to the excitement is the presence of Lionel Messi, the legendary maestro of the beautiful game, donning the colors of Inter Miami. With Messi's unparalleled skill and vision on the field, the stakes are raised even higher, as Nashville SC must contend with one of the greatest players of all time. Yet, Nashville SC is not to be underestimated. They boast their own roster of formidable talent, including the League MVP Hany Mukhtar, along with USMNT players Walker Zimmerman, Tyler Boyd, and Shaq Moore, each bringing their own unique skill set and experience to the pitch. With such exceptional players leading the charge, Nashville SC is poised to make a statement and prove their mettle on the international stage.

As the referee's whistle signals the start of the match, the tension reaches its zenith, with fans on the edge of their seats, eagerly awaiting the drama to unfold. It's a clash of titans, a battle of wills, where every moment is charged with the possibility of ecstasy or despair. In this thrilling encounter, Nashville SC and Inter Miami will leave it all on the pitch, chasing victory with relentless passion and determination. So, COYBIG, brace yourselves for a night of unforgettable soccer action, as Nashville SC and Inter Miami collide in a showdown destined to etch its place in CONCACAF history.

County-wide Zoning Updates 

A few weeks ago, the zoning legislation below was filed. There have been several conversations throughout the county regarding these items. I've heard from many of you and I will follow your lead, I am not in support of several of these items. I have asked the sponsors to join me in a community meeting prior to next month. I'll keep you posted...

  • BL2024-182 -An ordinance to amend Title 16 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to clarify who may update the official website regarding issuance of permits and notices, remove requirements for washer and dryer hookups in certain homes, remove and separate bathroom facilities at gas stations, and add regulations to permit large homes with three to six attached dwelling units.
  • BL2024-183 -An ordinance to amend Title 16 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to provide for housing, health, and safety of residents by streamlining Codes provisions related to fireproofing requirements for middle housing creation and conversion, including specifically the creation of a class of Large Unit Homes within the International Building Code and providing for NFPA-13D sprinklers and one-hour fire-resistance-rated separation therefor.
  • BL2024-184 -An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to amend the definitions of multi-family and residence for handicapped, more than eight individuals; update references related to accessory building, detached, detached accessory dwelling, and detached accessory dwelling unit for consistency; add bar/night club as a permitted use in certain industrial districts; add daycare as a permitted with conditions use in certain districts, and to add a definition for half story related to contextual overlays
  • REPORTED TO BE WITHDRAWN BL2024-185 -An ordinance to amend Section 6.28.030, Section 13.12.110, and Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County relative to the creation of the "residential scale multi-family" residential use, all of which is more particularly described herein.
  • REPORTED TO BE WITHDRAWN BL2024-186 -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 add the two-family use as a conditionally permitted use to the RS and RS-A zoning districts and amend the conditions for the two-family use in the AG, AR2A, R, and R-A zoning districts, all of which is more particularly described herein (Proposal No. 2024Z-006TX-001).
  • BL2024-187 -An ordinance amending Section 17.08.030 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations to change the Single Family, Two Family, and Multi-family uses from being permitted conditionally to being permitted by right in the CS - Commercial Service CS-NS - Commercial Service No Short Term Rental, CS-A - Commercial Services Alternative, and CS-A-NS Commercial Service Alternative No Short Term Rental zoning districts (Proposal No. 2024Z-004TX-001).
  • BL2024-187 -An ordinance amending Section 17.08.030 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations to change the Single Family, Two Family, and Multi-family uses from being permitted conditionally to being permitted by right in the CS - Commercial Service CS-NS - Commercial Service No Short Term Rental, CS-A - Commercial Services Alternative, and CS-A-NS Commercial Service Alternative No Short Term Rental zoning districts (Proposal No. 2024Z-004TX-001).
  • BL2024-188 -An ordinance amending Section 17.12.020 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations to eliminate minimum lot areas for multi-family, mobile homes, and non-residential uses in RM - Residential Multi-Family zoning districts (Proposal No. 2024Z-003TX-001).

What's Happening tonight:  

We do not have an extremely exciting calendar tonight. The items I listed above are going to be reviewed next month. These are major topics of discussion. Even though two are reported to be withdrawn, there are still a few glaring problems with the county-wide zoning proposals. 

Dates To Remember:

  • Check back for meeting dates and event reminders

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

 

 


Spring Comes Early!

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and predicted that there would be an early Spring!

Transit Referendum

Earlier this month, the mayor of Nashville announced plans to initiate a referendum aimed at determining a funding source for his proposed transit plan. The mayor's vision centers on enhancing various aspects of transportation infrastructure, including sidewalks, buses, traffic signalization, and pedestrian safety. During his press conference, he emphasized that the focus of the plan is not on implementing grand-scale transit projects like electronic light rail systems, but rather on addressing fundamental elements of multi-modal transportation.

It's essential to recognize that this plan may catalyze discussions regarding our annual budget. While initiatives like improving sidewalks and bolstering pedestrian safety are crucial and should already be prioritized, questions linger regarding how this plan will tackle broader-scale challenges related to traffic management within the city.

With a 15-minute meeting scheduled with the mayor and his team next week, I anticipate gaining more insights into the specifics of the proposal. I aim to delve deeper into how this plan aligns with our city's long-term transportation goals and addresses the pressing needs of our growing urban landscape. I look forward to sharing more detailed information following the meeting.

What I've Been Up To:

  • We have had some sort of sickness in our home since Baby P started daycare! We're much better, but far from all of us being 100%! This was not in the warranty book the hospital gave us when we left with our new baby.
  • Working with MDHA to assist Parthenon Towers with several complaints. We are planning a meeting with the residents and MDHA leadership in the coming weeks.
  • City-Wide zoning legislation - I have had a few conversations with community groups regarding the city-wide zoning legislation that has been filed. I will be hosting a Town Hall in March to discuss with the entire district further.
  • Traffic Calming meeting with NDOT to be held next week. I'm meeting with NDOT to discuss traffic calming and speeding in the District.
  • Buchanan and DB Todd corner activity - I am meeting with the DA's office and the Chief of Police to discuss this matter further in the coming weeks.

What's Happening tonight:  

RS2024-194 - This is the Capital Spending Plan. The amount is totaled at$514,055,000. Click here to review the article attached to this resolution that explains where these dollars will be spent throughout the county. 

RS2024-262 -A resolution honoring the life of Nathaniel Harris.

Dates To Remember:

  • Check back for meeting dates and event reminders

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon


Zoning is a Major Topic

 

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].

Hello everyone... I've been under the weather. I guess I'm running the daycare sniffles gauntlet!!

With that said, let's get right to it...

There are a few highlights that we will be discussing tonight... There are a number of comment periods. Some that require pre-sign ups and others that are legislative specific. You may or may not have heard about several zoning items that will impact the entire county that have been filed by two of my colleagues. These items are all on first reading (which we generally pass on first reading and discuss more on 2nd and 3rd reading), but I believe we will have detailed discussion on these topic... 

  • BL2024-182 -An ordinance to amend Title 16 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to clarify who may update the official website regarding issuance of permits and notices, remove requirements for washer and dryer hookups in certain homes, remove and separate bathroom facilities at gas stations, and add regulations to permit large homes with three to six attached dwelling units.
  • BL2024-183 -An ordinance to amend Title 16 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to provide for housing, health, and safety of residents by streamlining Codes provisions related to fireproofing requirements for middle housing creation and conversion, including specifically the creation of a class of Large Unit Homes within the International Building Code and providing for NFPA-13D sprinklers and one-hour fire-resistance-rated separation therefor.
  • BL2024-184 -An ordinance to amend Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to amend the definitions of multi-family and residence for handicapped, more than eight individuals; update references related to accessory building, detached, detached accessory dwelling, and detached accessory dwelling unit for consistency; add bar/night club as a permitted use in certain industrial districts; add daycare as a permitted with conditions use in certain districts, and to add a definition for half story related to contextual overlays
  • BL2024-185 -An ordinance to amend Section 6.28.030, Section 13.12.110, and Title 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws, the Zoning Ordinance of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County relative to the creation of the "residential scale multi-family" residential use, all of which is more particularly described herein.
  • BL2024-186 -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 add the two-family use as a conditionally permitted use to the RS and RS-A zoning districts and amend the conditions for the two-family use in the AG, AR2A, R, and R-A zoning districts, all of which is more particularly described herein (Proposal No. 2024Z-006TX-001).
    • This is the big one... This legislation will allow for all single family housing in District 21 and other districts to permit (allow), without rezoning from the district council member, two houses on one lot. This will remove the discretion of the district council member and be permitted wholly throughout.
  • BL2024-187 -An ordinance amending Section 17.08.030 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations to change the Single Family, Two Family, and Multi-family uses from being permitted conditionally to being permitted by right in the CS - Commercial Service CS-NS - Commercial Service No Short Term Rental, CS-A - Commercial Services Alternative, and CS-A-NS Commercial Service Alternative No Short Term Rental zoning districts (Proposal No. 2024Z-004TX-001).
  • BL2024-187 -An ordinance amending Section 17.08.030 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations to change the Single Family, Two Family, and Multi-family uses from being permitted conditionally to being permitted by right in the CS - Commercial Service CS-NS - Commercial Service No Short Term Rental, CS-A - Commercial Services Alternative, and CS-A-NS Commercial Service Alternative No Short Term Rental zoning districts (Proposal No. 2024Z-004TX-001).
  • BL2024-188 -An ordinance amending Section 17.12.020 of the Metropolitan Code, Zoning Regulations to eliminate minimum lot areas for multi-family, mobile homes, and non-residential uses in RM - Residential Multi-Family zoning districts (Proposal No. 2024Z-003TX-001).

 

What I've Been Up To:

  • As I mentioned, Baby P has given us all the daycare sniffles... We are just circling the wagons with cold medicines over here!
  • Google Fiber: You've probably seen the wires, holes in the easement area of your yard, 
  • I'm still looking to host a few dinner nights at local restaurants in the District. Please email a few of your favorite spots in the District and we'll send a note out and have everyone join us for dinner.
    • I received a few restaurants, but need some more recommendations. I want to start this program soon.
  • 2618 Buchanan St. - They have received a stop operation order. They have been hosting events in a non-permitted property (residential) that have had several violent occurrences. MNPD and Metro Codes are working on this for a permanent solution.
  • Traffic Calming conversations are happening with NDOT - There are several areas that you have brought to my attention, and we are moving forward with connecting NDOT to these areas for studies.

What's Happening tonight:  

See above... 

Dates To Remember:

  • Check back for meeting dates and event reminders

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon