Since 2011 the First Tennessee Development District, as well as the other Tennessee Development Districts, have provided local planning services to member governments.
To meet the needs of the district, the FTDD employs two professional planners who provide assistance and advice to local officials, including planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals, design-review commissions and legislative bodies, regarding planning issues, preparation of various community plans and studies, as well as development and interpretation of land-use controls. Examples of ordinances and regulations where the FTDD provides assistance includes zoning, subdivisions, mobile home parks, floodplain, landscape design, signage, and telecommunication facilities. Other services offered by FTDD’s Local Planning includes reviewing development plans for compliance with local, state or federal requirements; preparing reports and recommendations for delivery to developers, commissioners and others; providing continuing education and training for planning commissions, boards of zoning appeals and local administrators; and providing mapping services coordinated between FTDD Planning and GIS Departments.
District staff also maintain interactive zoning maps on behalf of communities. Those maps can be found here.