Zoning entitlements and regulations can be cumbersome and complicated to navigate. During her time in Metro Nashville government, Joni wrote many sections of the zoning code and can provide you with unparalleled insight on your property's rights and regulations.

A zoning analysis is custom made and includes all pertinent information – uses, height, maximum square footage, parking, density, and other standards. You will know clearly what you are allowed to do and what you are required to do.

Processes for approval – whether simple or more complicated – are also included in a zoning analysis.


Planning policies are the tool that Nashville decision makers use to judge development proposals.

A policy analysis is an important part of understanding the full potential of a property. If you're willing to tackle a zoning change or the variance process, a policy analysis will tell you what the city officials could support. This includes potential uses, density, and design guidelines.

Joni’s experiences as an author of the Community Character Manual and of several Community Plans, and as a contributor to the NashvilleNext process, uniquely qualify her to create a thorough and comprehensive policy analysis for your property.


Good projects need community support.

With experience in the public sector and private sector, Joni understands the importance community engagement to facilitate fruitful discussion in a setting of respect and understanding.

A community engagement plan is a task list and calendar for approaching community leaders, elected officials, city administrators, and neighborhood organizations.

Given the wide variety of communities in Nashville, a community engagement plan is customized for the specific needs and logistics of the project.

While Joni's expertise is in the zoning of Davidson County, she is well versed in the zoning of surrounding counties and is available to work throughout Middle Tennessee.

Joni is also available for customized specialty services such as representation, public presentations, design charrettes, and advocacy throughout the approval process.