Interested in finding out how to get engaged with what's happening with your local government? Here's a breakdown on how you can do just that with Metro Council.
What is Metro Council and how does it work?
Metro Council is the legislative body of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, a city-county consolidated government created in 1963.
The 40-member body includes 35 representatives elected by district and five elected at-large, or county-wide. The council’s presiding officer is the vice mayor, who is elected at large by the citizens. You can find your council member by address at www.nashville.gov/Metro-Council.
When does it meet?
Regular meetings of the Council are held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. The council meets in the David Scobey Council Chambers at the Metro Courthouse, located at 1 Public Square in Nashville.
Can the public speak at council meetings?
Public hearings are required by law. All changes to zoning maps or zoning laws require public hearings and are held at the first meeting of every month, while other public hearings, such as redevelopment projects, are held as needed.
At public hearings, the vice mayor will call attention to a specific item and asks for a show of hands of those in favor and opposition. Members of the public must identify themselves by name and home address and will have 3 minutes to speak to the Council.
What if I can’t attend?
All meetings are broadcast on Metro Nashville Network's Government TV on channel 3 (Comcast) and 99 (AT&T's U-verse) and live at the Metro Nashville Network's livestream site, www.nashville.gov/Information-Technology-Services/Cable-Television-Services.