Neighborhood News

June Update

June 1, 2018

Movies in the Park continues each Thursday at Elmington Park through June 21 (rain date is June 28). Festivities and food trucks start at 5 with the movie beginning at dark. The park road is closed off at 9 each Thursday morning after the morning commute and camp pick-ups are done. Park police will be on hand each Thursday to help with traffic and parking. The movies are all family friendly, including Wonder Woman, Legally Blond, and the Greatest Showman. This year, the event is working to be Wastefree so look for places to recycle cans and bottles and to compost food. This is a pilot for Nashville, and I’m confident District 18 residents can show the rest of the city how to minimize waste.

Dragon Music Sundays continue at Fannie Mae Dees (Dragon) Park June 3 and June 10. The free concerts begin at 4 with the Metro Parks Jam Band followed by local artists. The final two concerts feature Sonja Hopkins and the Contrarian Ensemble.

Metro Human Resources will host a Public Safety Career Fair on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Hartman Park, 2801 Tucker Road. People interested in careers in the Metro Nashville Police Department, the Nashville Fire Department, the city’s E-911 center or the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office can meet with representatives from each of these agencies, gather information on career opportunities and even complete applications. Metro Government offers competitive salaries and generous benefits. Those interested can drop by Hartman Park any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Metro Public Works has been working on a Zero Waste Solid Waste Master Plan. I have been serving on the task force that is meeting regularly with the Consultant to provide input along the way. The draft of the plan will be presented at a number of public meetings throughout the county over the next few weeks. Check the options below for a time and place convenient for you

  • Madison - June 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8 PM, Madison Precinct, 400 Myatt Drive
  • Hermitage - June 14, 2018, 6:30 – 8 PM, Hermitage Police Precinct, 3701 James Kay Lane
  • Bordeaux - June 16, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM, Hartman Park Regional Center, 2801 Tucker Road
  • West Nashville - June 19, 2018, 6:30 – 8 PM, West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike
  • Downtown - June 20, 2018, 4:30 – 6 PM, Lipscomb/Spark Community Room 4th and Commerce
  • South Nashville - June 21, 2018, 6:30 – 8 PM Metro Parks Southeast Community Center (Global Mall), 5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway

The Belmont Hillsboro Neighborhood (BHN) traffic committee had a very productive meeting with Metro Public Works and Metro Planning to talk about Belmont Boulevard Traffic Calming opportunities. As a result of that discussion, Public Works has agreed to set up a series of community meetings to talk about different ways to slow traffic on Belmont and adjacent side streets. The proposed schedule is for the first meeting on Thursday, June 14 and the second on Monday, June 25. Both will be at Christ the King’s Parrish Hall from 5:30-7:30 PM and will be led by Peter Bird (Planning) and Jason Radinger (Public Works). These will be open house type format. After those 2 meetings, we will schedule a 3rd meeting in which Metro Planning and Public Works staff will present a plan for Belmont Boulevard to make it adhere to complete street standards to give equal priority to all types of mobility.

The I-440 Greenway project is moving along. The section from Centennial Park to West End is nearing completion. Neighbors can see a new trail head under construction in Elmington Park that will eventually tie the Murphy Road section into a yet-to-be designed greenway that will parallel I-440 through District 18. Metro Parks and Greenways for Nashville are continuing conversations with TDOT on what that section might look like. Look for information about a grand opening of the Murphy Road section in the next month or so.

The temporary repaving of I-440 has made the interstate much more drivable in the short run, but long term reconstruction will still be necessary to provide a more durable fix. TDOT is considering an option to save both time and construction cost by totally closing down sections of the interstate over a ten month period as opposed to keeping lanes open to traffic and spreading the construction out over a three year duration. I’m happy to pass along opinions to TDOT if anyone has a preference. A decision about that should be made in the next few months.

MTA is renovating the Downtown Bus terminal. Effective Monday, June 11, all lower level bus bays at Music City Central (MCC) will temporarily relocate operations to the streets surrounding the downtown bus station to allow construction crews to perform work as part of our ongoing renovations of the facility. The bus lines from West End, Hillsboro Road, and 12th South terminate upstairs and won’t be affected, but many connections will now need to be made outside of the terminal. On-street boarding will take place along Charlotte Avenue immediately in front of MCC, on 4thAvenue North next to where the lower level bus bays are located, as well as on James Robertson Parkway and last for the next several months, with the reopening of the lower level and subsequent closure of the upper level bus bays following immediately after.

Now that the weather is warmer, and more events are taking place outdoors, neighbors should be aware that Metro’s noise ordinance requires that amplified music outside shouldn’t reach beyond residential property lines. There are exceptions for permitted events in Parks, street festivals, and limited commercial establishments, but in general, if amplified music can be heard at the property line of a home, it is in violation of the Metro noise ordinance.

Update on Construction in Hillsboro Village – Belcourt Village (behind the old Bosco’s building) has begun blasting, which is expected to continue in June through July. This will typically occur three times a day at 9, 11, and 1 and occasionally at 3. Traffic in the area on Belcourt will be stopped briefly during each blast.

Metro Public Works Intersection Improvement Program (IIP) is a proactive approach to enhanced mobility and safety across the entire city by identifying problem locations and feasible, appropriate solutions with all modes of transportation and people in mind. This program plays an important role in the City’s Vision Zero Initiative to eliminate traffic-related pedestrian and bike fatalities. The program kicked off in April 2016. Over the last year, a number of intersections have been studied, major improvements to safety and capacity were determined, and designs completed. A city-wide analysis of crash data is underway to identify intersections with safety issues that should be addressed through this program moving forward. The Program will utilize a scoring matrix to prioritize intersection improvement projects city-wide based on measurable and objective safety, capacity, and multi-modal facility criteria.

The Metro Budget process is in full swing. Mayor Briley proposed a no-growth budget because of shortfalls caused by an unexpected number of successful appeals of the reappraisal, use of reserve funds to subsidize Metro General Hospital, and unavoidable cost increases in pensions and health care. The status quo budget reduces a planned employee cost of living increase and allows only a $5 million increase in school funding despite losses of state funding. A proposal has been made to adjust the certified tax rate up from its historic low of $3.155/$100 of assessed value to $3.655. That would add $500 annually to the property tax of a house appraised at $400,000, and allow the city to fully fund schools and the employee pay plan. A public hearing will be held on the proposed budget Tuesday night, June 5 at the Metro Courthouse beginning at 6:30. Even if you can’t make it to the public hearing, I’m still interested to hear neighbors’ thoughts on our options.

Brush pick-up begins in Belmont Hillsboro, Sunnyside, and 12th South on June 29.

Metro Water services has published its annual Water Quality report, which can be accessed at This gives a good explanation of how Metro’s Water is cleaned and how it stacks up to the standards.

After much discussion, Metro Public Works is ready to move forward with a new signalized crosswalk in Hillsboro Village at the intersection of Belcourt and 21st. With five new residential buildings added to the Village, foot traffic continues to increase, and this will provide a safe way for pedestrians to cross in the middle of the Village. At the earliest, construction would start mid-summer and last a month or two. We will try to coordinate with merchants and other construction projects to try to minimize the disruption as it is installed.

Another safety innovation coming to Hillsboro Village is a pilot restriping of the angled parking spaces on Acklen Avenue to switch them from pull-in to back-in. This reduces the visibility issues associated with backing out of the angled spots into oncoming traffic. It also simplifies putting clean laundry, children’s items, and packages into the trunk of the car, when it is at the curb instead of in the middle of the street. Other cities that have made this switch include Chicago, Winnipeg, and Austin.

There is a lot happening this month. Please let me know your thoughts on any of these important topics or anything else that is on your mind. Contact me at 615-383-6604 or

Burkley Allen 
Metro Council 18th District

May Update

May 1, 2018

Election Day Number 2 is May 24 for Mayor. Early voting begins at the Howard Office Building on May 4 and at all other early voting locations on May 11.

The Sevier Park Fest returns on Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th. The festival kicks off on Friday at 6 pm with a headline concert in Sevier Park featuring SUSTO, Amanda Shires, and J Roddy Walston & the Business. The last concert begins at 9:30 pm. Saturday’s events begin at 10 am in the Park and along 12th Ave South up to Sweetbriar. The day includes bike races for...

April Update

April 1, 2018

Brush Pick-up begins in HWEN on April 4.

Belmont University will host the 2018 Davis Cup between the United States and Belgium April 6, 7 & 8. — Some of the world’s greatest tennis players will meet for a matchup in the Curb Event Center! Campus neighbors can purchase single or three-day pass tickets for 50% off by entering a special promo code: NEIGHBOR. Click here to purchase tickets! Traffic and parking will be controlled similar to the way graduation weekend is handled. Neighbors may want to avoid driving through the north end of Belmont Blvd during the weekend...

March Update

March 1, 2018

Historic Preservation Awards — The Metropolitan Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Historic Preservation Awards program, honoring Davidson County’s best preservation projects. The public is invited to submit buildings or structures that have been restored, rehabilitated, or carefully maintained over time. The awards also recognize well-designed new construction that harmonizes with a historic environment. To be considered, nominated properties must be located in Davidson County and, with the exception of the infill construction category, must have been built no later than 1968. Infill projects should be no older than 2016. Buildings open to the public as...

January Update

January 1, 2018

Brush Collection begins in Hillsboro West End on January 5.

Recycling your Christmas tree is easy. Last year, Nashvillians dropped off over 17,000 trees for recycling through Metro Nashville’s Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off Program! Trees can be taken to Elmington Park or Sevier Park to be chipped and composted into mulch. Trees must be cleaned of all ornaments, lights, wire, string and other decor before bringing them to be tree-cycled. No artificial trees can be accepted. Please do not dump any other items at these drop-off locations.

Construction of Fahrenheit Yoga — Neighbors have probably noticed the demolition of...

November Update

November 1, 2017

Let’s Move Nashville — Neighbors are invited to an open house on November 9 to learn about Let’s Move Nashville, Metro’s transportation solution and twenty-five-year transit plan. This will be the focus of a referendum to be held in May to determine dedicated funding mechanisms for the $5.2 billion plan. The open house will beheld at Lentz Public Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Avenue, from 6 to 8pm, and will provide the opportunity to see where commuter rail, light rail, and significant bus improvements are proposed. The plan can also be viewed here.

The HWEN Annual meeting is Thursday, November 9 at 7pm at Belmont...

October Update

October 1, 2017

HUB Nashville — Metro’s comprehensive new customer service system is live! Metro Council and Metro IT have worked for two years to create this one-stop shop that works by phone or online for neighbors to get questions answered and concerns reported. Phone access is simply 311, and online at This great new tool eliminates the need to know multiple Metro phone numbers and e-mail addresses to report Codes violations, missed recycling pick-ups, paving requests, etc. The site provides an option to get follow-up and resolution information and provides council members with a monthly report of what has been logged in.

September Update

September 1, 2017

The HWEN Walking District is here! Signs have gone up designating the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood as a place to drive slowly so pedestrians can safely walk everywhere. Statistics show that an accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle has a much lower fatality rate if the car is moving at 20 mph rather than 30. In partnership with Metro Public Works and Metro Police, the HWEN traffic committee has worked to increase awareness and safety. Speed limits have been lowered to 25 mph on the major streets like Blair and Natchez Trace and to 20 mph on the side streets....

Hillsboro Village Crosswalk

August 4, 2017

Read the Hillsboro Village Pedestrian Crossing Evaluation.

August Update

August 1, 2017

MTA fare reductions take effect August 1. Mayor Barry announced at the State of Metro address that the transfer fee for the Metro bus system would be eliminated. In the past, changing buses required buying a second ticket. Now, bus riders can request a transfer when they pay their $1.70 fare on a bus, and they will be given a ticket that can be used on any bus for the next two hours. This will also affect the day pass, which will be reduced to $3.25, the week pass $16, and the monthly pass, which will be reduced to $55. More...

July Update

July 1, 2017

District 18 Office Hours — I will be holding District 18 Office Hours on Saturday, July 15, from 9 to 11 at Fido in Hillsboro Village. For those who haven’t run into me in the grocery store and would like an opportunity to discuss issues that are important to you, please stop by and have a cup of coffee with me.

Community Meeting with Paragon Group — The six single family home project at Orleans and Acklen is underway, and a community meeting with the builders, Paragon Group, has been scheduled to talk about the construction schedule, street accessibility during construction, and...

June Update

June 1, 2017

Movies in the Park at Elmington Park will run for the next three Thursdays with an extra rain date at the end. The line-up includes Rogue One, The Secret Life of Pets, and Back to the Future. Food trucks and games start at 5pm, and the movies start at dusk. The park road will be closed on those days beginning at 9pm. Parking for moviegoers will be available at several area churches, but the overflow will spill into the neighborhood. Police will be around to help prevent or ticket blocked driveways or any other potential parking and traffic problems.

Ramadan, the Islamic month...

May Update

May 1, 2017

The Sevier Park Fest is this Saturday, May 5th and 6th! The Fest was created to bring adjacent neighborhoods together to enjoy the neighborhood park. Neighbors from 12South, Belmont - Hillsboro, Sunnyside, and Battlefield are specifically invited, but all are wholeheartedly welcome. The event also raises funds to help make our park and community a better place to enjoy. Proceeds from past events have been used to purchase water fountains for Sevier Park and to remove invasive plants in the park’s creek. There is lots more to do! This year’s Friday night concert headliner is The Lone Bellow, with opening acts...

April Update

April 1, 2017

Neighborhood Pop-Up Traffic Circle — The Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhood is trying out a new type of traffic calming strategy at the intersection of 15th Ave S and Elmwood. On Saturday, April 1, a group of volunteers met at the site with TURBO Nashville to install a pop-up traffic circle. Designed by traffic engineers and approved by Metro Public Works, this temporary installation will give neighbors a chance to see how driving around a circle can slow traffic in both directions. The circle will be in place for one week while engineers monitor traffic speed. Based on the results and the neighbors’ reactions, we’ll...

March Update

March 1, 2017

Memorial Tree Planting for Betty Nixon — Everyone is invited on March 9 at 11am to the Metro Parks Arbor Day Celebration at the Event Shelter in Centennial Park. A tree will be planted honoring the memory of Betty Nixon, former council member and neighborhood advocate who died late last year.

2017 Preservation Awards — The Metropolitan Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Preservation Awards program, honoring Davidson County’s best preservation projects. The public is invited to submit any building or structure, built no later than 1965, that has been restored, rehabilitated, or carefully maintained over time. The awards...

February Update

February 1, 2017

Friends of Eakin School may all want to provide support for PE Coach Hillary Strickland, whose house was severely damaged in a fire recently. The Eakin PTSO is coordinating efforts and can be reached by email, or neighbors can access a support fund here.

Property Reappraisal Update — The Davidson County Property Assessor met with members of the community on February 1 to discuss the county-wide property reappraisal that was just completed and explain how it could affect property taxes. State law requires a reappraisal of all property in the county every four years to ensure that taxes are based on...

January Update

January 1, 2017

Brush pick-up begins in BHN, Sunnyside, and 12th South on January 4 and in HWEN on January 11.

Walk N Bike — After months of community engagement for input, Walk N Bike—Nashville’s strategic plan for sidewalks and bikeways—will be presented to the public. The draft plan outlines Nashville’s major sidewalk and bikeway needs and a new approach for how to fill those needs. It identifies priority networks for both sidewalks and bikeways, as well as other recommendations to make Nashville a more walkable and bike-able city. There will be a series of meetings following the plan’s release beginning Monday, January 9, at...

December Update

December 1, 2016

The 12th South Winter Warmer 5k Race will once again take place around Sevier Park. Several streets will be closed off for a few hours on Saturday morning. This race benefits Hands On Nashville, as well as Greenways for Nashville and Village Real Estate’s 440 Greenway project! This year’s kids run will benefit Waverly Belmont, Glendale, and Julia Green — our neighborhood elementary schools. Each school will receive their entry fees back as a donation to their PTO. The school with the most participants will be awarded an additional financial donation from 12South Patrons at Play to support their PTO program. Sign your...

November Update

November 1, 2016

The HWEN Annual meeting is Thursday, November 10 at 7 at BUMC. Come learn about the plan to designate HWEN a Walking District.

The Memorial Service for Betty Nixon will be held on Saturday, November 12 at West End Methodist Church at 11 AM. Betty was the council member when HWEN was first formed to fight condemnation of homes in the neighborhood in the name of urban renewal and the original plan for I-440 to be built above ground. She was a fierce advocate for neighborhoods and went on to serve in the Vanderbilt office of government and neighborhood relations....

October Update

October 6, 2016

Brush pick-up starts in BHN, Sunnyside, and 12th South on September 30, and in HWEN on October 7. Place your brush where your garbage is collected — at the curb if your trash is collected there or in the alley if you have alley trash collection. Do not stack brush against trees, fences, utility poles or other stationary objects because the crane on the truck can’t operate around those. Do not place brush, clippings and/or leaves where they can be washed into a storm sewer, catch basin or stream and clog up drainage systems. Street Sweeping will take place in HWEN on or about October...

September Update

September 8, 2016

Middle Tennessee Long-Term Transit Plan — After more than 16 months of public outreach and community engagement, MTA has unveiled its long-term plan. The project team for the strategic planning process, known as nMotion, presented recommendations to the Boards of the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee (RTA). A 30-day public comment period opened immediately after the meeting, and comments will be accepted via the nMotion project website, as well as at a series of upcoming community meetings listed here. Neighbors can attend the community open house onSeptember 15 at West End Middle School from 6 - 8pm....

June Update

June 1, 2016

  1. Congratulations to the owners of six homes in District 18 who were recognized in the Metro Historic Preservation Awards. Homes at 3111 Acklen Avenue, 1512 Paris Avenue, and 2008 19th Ave S were nominated for excellence in home renovations. An honorable mention was awarded to 1511 Dallas Avenue for a rear addition and repairs to the exterior, reversing some non-historic changes to the home and salvaging and reusing materials. 1612 Linden Avenue received an award for a renovation project that replaced and enlarged an early addition to the home. The rehabilitation of 2616 Belmont Boulevard received an award...

May Update

May 1, 2016

May is Nashville Bike Month beginning with Walk & Roll to School Day on May 11. Join Walk Bike Nashville as they celebrate their second annual Walk and Roll to School Day. Among the 13 schools participating will be Waverly Belmont. For questions or if you’re interested in joining, contact Katie Hoovler.

Dragon Parade and Dragon Music Sundays – Join Hillsboro West End Neighbors for their annual Dragon Parade on Sunday, May 15. Neighbors will gather at the Triangle Park at Natchez Trace and Blair at 2:30 and will start marching at 3. Decorated bikes and costumed children will...

April Update

April 1, 2016

The proposed project at the old Belcourt Nursing Home (1710 Belcourt) will be introduced at the Metro Council meeting on April 5 to request a zoning change from RM40 to allow for a 76-unit apartment building. Neighbors have attended two community meetings to learn about the project. While this is a good example of locating density on the corridors, there are still concerns about traffic. I will be meeting with Metro Public Works to discuss possible ways to avoid increased congestion in Hillsboro Village from this project.

The April 5th Council meeting will also include the first reading of the...

Village 21 Construction Progress Report

March 30, 2016

Read the contruction progress report here.

March Update

March 1, 2016

Tulips at Cheekwood — The gardeners at Cheekwood have planted a variety called Colour Spectacle dedicated to District 18. Other districts also have their own special varieties. Take the opportunity to enjoy the emergence of Spring and the official District 18 tulip.

Street Sweeping Schedule — Metro Water Services has a regular schedule for cleaning streets to keep leaves and other debris from clogging the storm water system. Residents can increase the effectiveness of this by moving their cars off the street on sweeping days. The Street Sweeping Schedule is published monthly here.

Annual Preservation Awards — The Metro...

February Update

February 1, 2016

Nashville Reads — Once again, the Nashville Public Library is sponsoring Nashville Reads, a city-wide book club. This year’s book is The Color of Water, the parallel stories of James McBride, one of twelve siblings in the all-black housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn, the son of a black minister and of his Jewish mother who would not admit she was white. Around his mother’s narrative, McBride has written a powerful portrait of growing up, a meditation on race and identity, and a poignant, beautifully crafted hymn from a son to his mother. Start reading now to be ready to participate in...

January Update

January 5, 2016

Dear Neighbors,

I hope everyone has enjoyed happy holidays. As we enter the new year, I’m sending news of the district and wishes for a happy and prosperous 2016 for everyone.

Metro Public Works has made arrangements for extra recycling as people clean up after the holidays. Residents can take paper and cardboard to any of the Metro’s recycling drop-off sites. Electronics can be taken to East Convenience Center seven days a week or to Omohundro Convenience Center Tuesday through Saturday free of charge. Christmas trees can be recycled at Elmington Park.

Hillsboro High Renovation or Rebuild – On Thursday,...

Proposed Amendments to Nashville’s Short Term Rental Regulations

January 2, 2016

BL 2015-94 proposes four changes to the existing short term rental regulations found in Metro Code 6.28.030. Please see below for each of the proposed changes and brief comments to provide background and address questions that have come up:

Section 1. That paragraph 6.28.030 B. be revised to read as follows: For the purposes of this section, “owner-occupied” means that the owner of the property permanently resides in the STRP. Detached Accessory Dwelling Units shall not be eligible for owner-occupied status.

This change limits the number of DADU’s that can be used for short term rental. It is in response...

Short Term Rental Property Overview

January 1, 2016

In February 2015, the Metro Council passed BL 2014-909 and 951, which provided definitions and guidelines for the emerging phenomenon of Short Term Rental Property. At that time, Nashville had over 1,000 short term rental properties (VRBO, air bnb, homeaway, Flipkey etc.), most of which had appeared since 2010. Short term rental is actually an important part of our hospitality economy, but the Metro Code was, up to that point, very unclear about how STRPs fit into our zoning laws. After studying what other cities had done to manage the growth of short term rental properties in residential areas and...


Burkley Allen is the perfect candidate for District 18 and Metro Council. She's an experienced, tireless advocate for all aspects of our neighborhoods who's progressive and compassionate. Burkley knows how to listen and how to build consensus. She gets the job done.

Gary Bynum, BHN Board Member
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