Keith Free

Keith Free

The Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) recently announced the recipients of its 2020 Local Government Awards, which honor excellence in public service across Middle Tennessee.


The City of Hendersonville Planning Department was recognized for excellence in land use initiative and received a Local Government Award for its recent Zoning Ordinance Update Initiative.


This is the second consecutive year the Planning Department has received an award from the GNRC.


This award recognizes the Hendersonville Planning Department’s innovative approach to developing its new Zoning Ordinance. While most cities use third-party sources to create such a complex document, the Hendersonville Zoning Ordinance was completely redesigned by Planning, Public Works, and Fire staff, who reviewed the existing document for over a year through work sessions with the Planning Commission and input from retired Planning Director Fred Rogers.


“We found that by undertaking the Zoning Ordinance review and amendment ourselves, the Planning staff achieved a more thorough and comprehensive understanding of the document and can more effectively use the material on a day-to-day basis,” says Planning Director Keith Free.

The updated Zoning Ordinance was approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in January 2020.

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