Why Edgehill Needs a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay

For over two years, proponents of the Overlay have consulted with Metro Planning and theHistorical Commission to consider the most effective tools to preserve the Edgehill
neighborhood and guide its future development. The Conservation Overlay, as opposed to a Historic Overlay or an Urban Development Overlay, is the correct tool to achieve these goals for
the following reasons:
1. The Overlay protects historic homes from demolition, preserving both the
architectural and cultural history of a neighborhood that began in 1890.

2. Along with Fort Negley, the William Edmondson Homesite, and the McKissack architectural legacy, Edgehill is one of the most important African American historic sites in Nashville, and the Overlay will preserve its built environment.

3. The overlay encourages development that is to scale and in character with Edgehill’s past and sense of place.

4. The Overlay guidelines are tailored to the needs of Edgehill residents to include needed allowances for historically contributing homes (such as dormers and taller back additions) and two-story infill for non-contributing homes.

5. The Overlay preserves the uniqueness of Edgehill’s residential character, which is
being encroached upon from all sides. While we are not opposed to developments
such as Demonbreun Hill and the Gulch South, we want to retain Edgehill’s sense
of community that comes from its historic architecture.

6. The Overlay prioritizes residential homes and long-term community–over construction and development for the purposes of short-term rentals. The demand for such development is high due to our proximity to Music Row, the Gulch, downtown, and Vanderbilt and Belmont universities.

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