Mar 13, 2024 - Politics

Fairgrounds housing proposal can move forward

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A proposal to prioritize affordable housing at the Nashville fairgrounds can move forward, after the city's Charter Revision Commission approved the plan's legal wording Monday.

Why it matters: Now, supporters of the proposal must get enough voters to sign a petition in order to put it on the November ballot.

  • The proposal would change the Metro charter to say affordable housing, instead of auto racing, would be required at the property.

What's next: There will be a 30-day window for opponents to appeal, which is likely. If the appeal fails, then supporters of the affordable housing proposal can begin the difficult task of collecting the approximately 50,000 signatures required to put the measure on the ballot.

  • The driving force in the debate is an agreement under former Mayor John Cooper to revitalize the fairgrounds racetrack and bring back NASCAR races.
  • Opponents say they worry that tearing down the racetrack and replacing it with affordable housing would have a negative financial impact on the city.

Be smart: Read about the proposal to require affordable housing at the fairgrounds.


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