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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

RCWA Drafts Recommendations for Charlotte Ave. Corridor Design Plan

With some stakeholder encouragement and as part of the envisioning process for the Charlotte Avenue Corridor Design Plan process, RCWA has prepared some recommendations. The main objective for these recommendations is to present environmental and community values into the planning process which incorporate community growth and preserve and enhance Richland Creek.

The western boundary of this corridor is Richland Creek, and ironically, the segment of the creek which prompted the formation of RCWA two years ago. The enhancement of this particular segment of Richland Creek provides a unique opportunity to merge environmental and historic values into the sustainable design planning. Take a look at the Draft Recommendations below and offer your opinion to RCWA efforts (, or leave comments here on the blog! To learn more about our watershed, visit the RCWA website.

Richland Creek Preservation
Create James Park; an urban park featuring bird watching and attributing its historic value. Connect park to the planned greenway (Greenways Master Plan).
1) Restore buffer zone along Richland Creek to current development regulations (50 feet) when parcels adjacent to Richland Creek are re-developed
2) Create terraced stream bank utilizing the degrading rock wall and limestone
3) Plant native species
4) Install park benches, trash/ recycle cans, and LED lighting
5) Showcase historic significance of the area as related to Nashville Founder James Robertson

Objectives: Restore regulatory mandates; protect and enhance a water resource; promote bio-diversity; create urban park which serves to tribute the founder’s words (rich-land).
Benefits: preserve a natural resource and historic treasure; improve community living; increase residential land value; encourage economic growth; protect community vitality.

Redevelopment Requests
Utilize sustainable development and environmental procedures which protect and improve the vitality of the water resource, Richland Creek.
1) Perform Environmental Site Assessments and supplementary Phase I & II procedures as part of the codes approval process for property redevelopment
2) Encourage Low Impact Development technologies: pervious parking pavement and environmental design which address non-point source pollution and stormwater control
3) Require erosion and sediment control for parcels adjacent to Richland Creek when re-development occurs, regardless of parcel size (currently, parcels <1 acre a exempt from erosion control requirements)
4) Encourage Green Building Developers with increased green space design plans for retail and residential projects
5) Install LED lighting, trash/recycle cans and covered benches at public transportation areas.
6) Incorporate and protect historic nature of community

Objectives: Restore regulatory mandates; protect a water resource; reduce non point source pollution; and encourage a community for sustainable living.
Benefits: protect a natural resource; reduce NPS pollution and trash entering stream; save tax payer money by investing in up-front risk assessment resolutions for a sustainable future; preserve the historic value for the community.

Transportation Planning
1) Increase parking on Charlotte and slow traffic speed to 30 mph through retail district.
2) Create an alternative-fuel public transit system to encourage commuter rider-ship and consequently reduce pollution and traffic for the corridor; (such as walk/bike lanes, installation of pedestrian cross-walk buttons and modern public trolley system #3)
3) Showcase the original route to Nashville; featuring two public areas and waterways, Richland Creek and Cumberland River

Objectives: encourage pedestrian, bike and public transportation; provide ample parking for retail outlets; community safety; enhance community living and reduce pollution.
Benefits: economic growth; a safe and pedestrian friendly community; reduction of air and water pollution; and reduction in traffic flow (jams) during peak commuting periods.

To offer your own comments go to Metro Planning


  1. I'd love to see the park concept and greenway connection. I also would like to see the pedestrian improvements along Charlotte. A reduction of the numerous driveways and curb cuts along Charlotte would improve safety, reduce crashes and increase capacity and operations. I don't think Alabama can operate as two-way due to the off-ramp on I-40. Also, the proposed Rite Aid at the corner of 46th and Charlotte would only worsen traffic congestion and safety by creating new additional driveways too close to an existing intersection.

  2. RCWA looks forward to posting the envisioning sketch for James Park. A volunteer is still working on it.

    The mention for Alabama to become two-way is, as you said, not an option, as explained by Metro Planning. This process is certainly dynamic.

    Personally, I would love to see an attractive public transit system between here and downtown; a trolley type. Perhaps some commuters would be enticed to save money on parking and gas; and use as an urban transit system for work or play. Of course this could also reduce traffic and pollution. Lots of possibilities. Thanks for your comments. MR

  3. Is there an online methodology to submit comments to Metro regarding the Charlotte Ave. corridor plan? If so, please provide a link. I think it's more valuable for everyone to post RCWA comments to Metro than for RCWA to speak in only one voice.

  4. Yes- there is a method to contribute in the planning process, Anonymous. RCWA sent out emails reminding people to take the opportunity to do so.

    Attending public comment meetings in your neighborhood also offers residents opportunities to receive maps, get comment sheets and ask questions. Announcements for current study areas and public periods are found on the Metro Planning website.

    Thank you for reminding us to link Metro Planning on the blog.