Planning Responsibilities 2016-11-10T10:53:45+00:00

The Planning Department has three primary areas of responsibility: long range planning, strategic planning, and land use controls.  Long range planning includes the preparation and update of a comprehensive plan for the future development of the city and the planning region.  Strategic planning involves many activities including annexation, maintenance of the official street map, Geographic Information System, street naming, street and right-of-way closures, and disposition of surplus property.  The land use controls prepared and administered by the Planning Department include the Municipal Zoning Code and the Municipal Subdivision Regulations.  The Staff of the Planning Department provide support and technical assistance to the City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals,  Historic Zoning Commission, and Architectural Design Review Board.



Comprehensive Plan

The Cookeville 2030 Plan was approved by the Planning Commission on October 25, 2010 and adopted by the City Council on December 16, 2010.  This Plan serves as a general guide for the physical development of the city and the urban growth area.  It presents goals, objectives and policies for future growth and development.  Major components of the Comprehensive Plan include the Major Street Plan, Street Improvements Plan, Pedestrian Circulation Plan and the Future Land Use Concept Map. The Cookeville 2030 Plan replaced the Cookeville Comprehensive Future Land Use Plan 1999-2010 adopted by the  City Council on October 5, 2000. Amendments to the Major Street Plan and the Future Land Use Concept Plan components were approved by the Planning Commission on May 21, 2012 and adopted by the City Council through Ordinance No. O12-06-08 on July 19, 2012.

Urban Growth Boundary

To comply with the provisions of Public Chapter 1101 the Cookeville Urban Growth Boundary Report was prepared in 1999.  This report identified the Cookeville Urban Growth Boundary.  The growth boundary was approved by the Putnam County Coordinating Committee in October of 1999 and incorporated in the Putnam County Growth Plan.  The Putnam County Growth Plan was ratified by the City Council on March 16, 2000.  This county-wide growth plan was approved by the State Local Government Planning Advisory Committee in April of 2000.


The Planning Department prepares feasibility studies for all areas considered for annexation by the city.  Annexations proposals are initiated at the request of property owners or they may be city initiated.  The Planning Staff completes a Plan of Services for all annexation areas.  A Plan of Services specifies when and what services the city will provide to annexed areas.  If an area is annexed, annual reports on the progress of completing Plans of Services are prepared by the Planning Staff and submitted to the City Council.  Once an area is annexed the Planning Department is responsible for completing population certifications which are submitted to the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development.

AreaEffective DateSquare MilesPopulation

Old Sparta Rd./Horace Lewis Rd.06/15/20000.92165 Certified 2001
Old Bridge Rd./Falling Water River06/15/20001.16233 Certified 2001
Buck Mt. Rd./Dry Valley Rd.07/19/20000.9390 Certified 2001
Shipley Rd.08/16/20000.0122 Certified 2001
East Highway 70N / Interstate 4001/07/20011.89632 Certified 2003
Matheney / Cora Rd.04/21/20020.05N/A
West Cookeville / Interstate 4008/18/20023.75907 Certified 2003
O'Neil / West 12th St.08/31/20020.0149 Certified 2003
Presley / West 12th St.11/03/20020.0831 Certified 2003
Putnam Co. / N. Washington Ave.04/19/20030.13
Hall / Salem Rd.03/05/20040.10N/A
Shag Rag Rd.03/18/20060.1037 Certified 2007
Gaw - Dodson Branch Rd.12/17/20060.00N/A
Rebecca Place - Bunker Hill Rd.01/21/20070.58306 Certified 2007
Bunker Hill Rd - Lovelady Rd.09/02/20070.88261 Certified 2008
Free Hill Rd. - Washington Ave.10/17/20090.14123 Estimated
S. Willow Ave. - Lee Seminary Rd.01/15/20120.16117 Certified 2012
Bennett Road Extension Area01/05/20132.13602 Certified 2013
Old Stewart Rd.6/8/2014.392
Meadows-Fisk Rd.7/30/2014.000
Hall-Bennett Rd.10/19/2014.084

Special Census

A Special Census is a basic enumeration of population, housing units, and group quarters conducted by the Census Bureau at the request of a governmental unit. The Census Bureau’s authority to conduct Special Censuses is specified in Title 13, United States Code, Section 196. Section 54-4-203 of the Tennessee Code Annotated specifies the allocation and distribution of state shared funds based on census population. In addition, the code allows a maximum of four (4) Special Censuses at any time between the regular Decennial Census. When local officials believe there has been a significant population change in their community due to growth or annexation, a Special Census may be in order. A certified official population increase resulting from the Special Census may produce an increase in state revenue sharing or other benefits. Between 2000 and 2010 the City of Cookeville completed a Special Census on the following four occasions. In May of 2001 the Planning Department and the Police Department completed a Special Census of the five areas annexed by the city between June of 2000 and January of 2001.  A total of 1,142 persons were identified in this census.  The addition of these 1,142 persons to the 2000 Census count of 23,923 placed the population of the city at 25,065 A Special Census of the areas annexed by the city since the 2001 Special Census was completed in April and May of 2003. A total of 987 persons were identified in this census.  The addition of those 987 persons to the 2001 certified population  of 25,065 increased the 2003 certified population of Cookeville to 26,052. A Special Census of the areas annexed by the city since the 2003 Special Census was completed in May of 2007.  A total of 343 persons were identified in this census increasing the municipality’s population to 26,395. In May of 2008 a Special Census of the areas annexed since 2007 was completed.  A total of 261 persons were identified resulting in a state certified population of 26,656. The 2010 Decennial Census identified a total of 30,435 persons within the municipality. This represents a 27.2% increase in the population since the previous Decennial Census conducted in 2000. The population of Cookeville at that time was enumerated at 23,923. In March of 2012 a Special Census was completed for areas annexed by the city since the 2010 Decennial Census. A total of 117 persons were identified in this census increasing the municipality’s certified population to 30,552. In early 2013 a Special Census was conducted for the area annexed into the city effective January 5, 2013. An additional 602 persons were identified in this census increasing the city’s certified population to 31,154.

Official Street Map

The Planning Department is responsible for the maintenance and update of the Official Street Map.  The Official Street Map depicts those streets for which the City of Cookeville is responsible for maintenance.  The current Official Street Map was adopted by the City Council through Ordinance No. O16-02-02 on March 17, 2016. Review the Official Street Map in PDF format.

Geographic Information System

The city’s Geographic Information System (GIS) is maintained and updated by the staff of the Planning Department.  GIS is the computerized mapping of information.  A vast array of information is available on the Cookeville Geographic Information System including land use, infrastructure, topography, aerial photographs, and much more. Please Call Terry Clark at (931) 520-5371 for more information.

Street Names

The Planning Department reviews and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council for the naming or renaming of all public and private streets located within the city. Official street names of all city streets are depicted on the Official Street Map.

Street and Right-of-Way Closures and Abandonment

The Planning Department reviews and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on all requests for street and right-of-way closure and abandonment.

Traffic Counts

The Planning Department in conjunction with the Public Works Department compiles average daily traffic counts for most of the major streets within the city.  These traffic counts, in addition to counts obtained by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, are depicted on the Average Daily Traffic Map that is periodically updated by the GIS Division.

Surplus Property

The Planning Department reviews and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council regarding the disposition of surplus property.


Municipal Zoning Code

The Planning Department is responsible for the preparation and administration of the city’s Zoning Code.  The current Cookeville Municipal Zoning Code was adopted by the City Council on December 20, 2001 through Ordinance No. O01-11-15 and became effective on January 4, 2002.  The new Zoning Code and Map replaced the 1988 Code and Map. The 2002 Zoning Code has been amended a number of times since its adoption, the most recent being on January 21, 2016 through Ordinance No. O15-12-33. The Zoning Code contains specific requirements for various zoning districts.  Additionally the Zoning Code includes the city requirements for parking, street access, sidewalk construction, signs, landscaping, screening and buffering and floodplain development. All requests for rezoning and code amendments are submitted to and reviewed by the Planning Department.  The Planning Director presents recommendations on these matters to the Planning Commission and City Council.  The department also reviews and makes recommendations to the Board of Zoning Appeals on all requests for variance, special exception, and administrative review.  Applications for BZA requests must be submitted to the Planning Department.

Historic Zoning

Historic Zoning provisions are contained with the Municipal Zoning Code and were established by the City Council on November 11, 2000 through Ordinance No. O00-10-35.  The first Historic Zoning Commission was appointed by the Council on April 5, 2001.  On August 4, 2005 through Ordinance No. O05-06-09, the membership of the Commission was expanded from 5 to 7 members for the purpose of improving the representation from the established historic districts.  The Planning Department serves as staff for Historic Zoning Commission.  All petitions for Historic Zoning Designation are submitted to and reviewed by the Planning Department. The city’s first Historic District, the North Dixie Avenue Historic District, was established by the City Council on November 15, 2001 by Ordinance No. O01-10-12.  Design Guidelines for this Historic District were approved by the Historic Zoning Commission on April 9, 2002.  In 2008, through ordinance Nos. O08-08-13 and O08-09-17, 15 additional parcels were placed within the North Dixie Avenue Historic District. On May 1, 2002 the City of Cookeville was approved as a Certified Local Government by the National Park Service from United States Department of the Interior through the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act. Cookeville is the twenty-fifth Certified Local Governments in the State of Tennessee. The city’s second Historic District, the East Broad – Freeze Street Historic District, was established by the City Council on May 15, 2003 by Ordinance No. O03-04-06.  Design Guidelines for this district have not been developed. The city’s third Historic District, the Cream City Historic District, was established by the City Council on September 16, 2004 by Ordinance No. O04-08-13.  Design guidelines for this district were approved by the Historic Zoning Commission on June 14, 2005. A database of all properties within the Historic District was completed by the Planning Department in 2008.  This inventory provides detailed information on each parcel and includes photographs.

Sign Regulations

The location, number, and dimensions of on-premise signs and billboards in the City of Cookeville are regulated through Section 207, General Sign Regulations, of the Municipal Zoning Code. These regulations are administered by the Planning and Codes Departments. Sign permits are required for all signs.  Permits for on-premise signs may be obtained from the Sign Inspector with the Codes Department. Billboard permits are obtained through the Planning Department.

Municipal Subdivision Regulations

The Cookeville Subdivision Regulations were adopted on April 24, 2000.  Amendments to the Subdivision Regulations were approved by the Planning Commission on March 25, 2002, May 23, 2005, and on March 23, 2009. The Subdivision Regulations provide the standards and procedures for the subdivision of property in the city.  The Planning Department reviews all subdivision plats to ensure that they comply with regulations and completes inspections of required improvements such as streets and utilities to ensure that they meet required construction standards.

Online Subdivision Map
Subdivision NameLotsLocationApproval Status
Eighteen Grand Place18Buck Mountain RoadFinal 02-1999
Manning Place14Flatt Hollow RoadFinal 01-1999
Northhaven Estates29Carolina Ave.Final 09-1999
Crown Pointe38N. Washington Ave.Final 09-99
J. P. Terry Farm6Hillside Dr.Final 09-99
So. Willow Industrial Park4Foreman Dr.Final 08-99
Stonebridge26Old Walton Rd.Final 4-00
Perimeter Place Phase II9Neal St.Final 08-00
Old Kentucky Place17Old Kentucky Rd.Final 09-00
Copperfield Phase II20Fisk Rd.Final 12-00
Hunters Pointe14Tanglewood Dr.Final 04-01
Langford Woods17Ferguson Ave.Final 09-01
Copperfield Phase III46Fisk Rd.Final 08-02
Avery Place16Old Kentucky Rd.Final 08-03
Armand Bussell Division8Bill Smith Rd.Final 02-04
Essex Road Division Phase I10Essex Rd.Final 04-04
Sam's Club Division3Bunker Hill Rd.Final 06-04
Katelyn Place11Bayview Dr.Final 01-05
Cypress Creek5W. 9th St.Final 01-05
Town Place Phase I3Mahler Ave.Final 03-05
Town Place Phase II10Mahler Ave.Final 03-05
Milfred Knoll5Milfred Ave.Final 03-05
Soard Park11Mississippi Ave.Final 11-05
Villas at Maple Point28So. Maple Ave.Final 09-05
Spruce Court5Spruce Ave.Final 11-05
Williams Division4Country Club Rd.Final 01-06
Southern Woods10Bunker Hill Rd.Final 02-06
Crown View Estates6Crescent Dr.Final 02-06
The Meadows43White Rd.Final 04-06
Forrest Cove19Forrest Rd.Final 05-06
10th & Fisk Properties, LLC4E. 10th St.Final 06-06
Deason Division6Shag Rag Rd.Final 12-06
Essex Rd. Phase II5Essex Rd.Final 2-07
Mack Industrial Park4Mill Dr.Final 04-07
St. James Place Condos34S. Walnut Ave.Final 06-07
Stone Creek, Phase I17Braswell Ave.Final 06-07
S. Jefferson Business Park, Phase II7S. Jefferson Ave.Final 07-08
The Villager Condos16E. 10th St.Final 07-07
St. James Place West Phase I19S. Walnut Ave.Final 08-09
H.V. Lewis Division7Holladay Rd.Final 10-08
Reserve at the Country Club 109Shag Rag Rd.Final 09-08
Blackwell Park 13Blackwell Rd.Final 05-09
Ridgecrest Northend Division5E. Gate Cir.Final 06-10
University Center Townhomes25E. 12th St.Final 05-10
Magnolia on 10th Condos 32E. 10th St.Final 08-10
Quail Hollow3912th St.Final 07-10
The Brownstones Townhomes 8Stout St.Final 03-11
Richland Mansfield Village2012th St.Final 08-11
Leslie Hargis, Redivision Lot 25Ellis Ave.Final 08-11
Fitzpatrick Division 5Whitson Chapel Rd.Final 08-11
St. James West Phase II6S. Walnut Ave.Final 09-11
Laurel Hill Subdivision Phase I10Cora Rd.Final 10-11
Sugarleaf Townhomes10Surgarhill PlaceFinal 07-12
St. James West Phase III6S. Walnut Ave.Final 12-11
St. James Phase IV10S. Walnut Ave.Final 06-12
Old Kentucky Courtyards19Old KY & E. HudgensFinal 04-13
University Square Phase I (RAO)36W. 7th & N. Willow Ave.Final 08-13
St. James North5S. Walnut Ave.Final 11-13
Winter Hill Estates15Fisk & WinterhillFinal 11-13
Carrington Estates13Bayview Dr.Final 11-14
West Broad Cottages (RAO)37W. Broad & ChestnutFinal 11-14
Glen Abbey Subdivision 21Glen Abbey Dr.Final 11-14
University Square Phase II Subdivision (RAO) 41W. 8th St, N. Chestnut Ave & W. 9th St.Final 3-15
Lane's Haven Subdivision 4Whitson Chapel & E. Broad St.Final 4-15
Downton Square Phase I Subdivision 8E. Spring St.Final 5-15
West End Neighborhood Phase II Subdivision Preliminary Plat18West End St.Preliminary 7-15
Johnny Hammock Division Preliminary Plat16Huddleston Dr.Preliminary 7-15
West End Neighborhood Phase I Final Plat 3West End St.Final 8-15
West End Neighborhood Phase III Preliminary Plat 27West End St.Preliminary 8-15
Downton Square Phase III Final Plat 12E. Spring St.Final 4-16
Downton Square Phase II Subdivision 13E. Spring St.Final 9-15
Washington Commons 5E. Jere Whitson & N. Washington Ave.Final 9-15
Abbie Court Subdivision 5Buffalo Valley Rd.Final 9-15
The Cottages Preliminary Plat 49Springboro Rd. & McCulley Rd.Preliminary 9-15
Steven's Point Final Plat 11Buffalo Valley Rd. & E. Stevens St.Final 12-16
Ray & Barbara Loftis Subdivision Final Plat 4Bunker Hill Rd.Final 10-15
Broadway Apartments Phase I Final Plat 3W. Broad St.Final 5-16
Downton Square Phase IV Preliminary Plat 13E. Spring St.Preliminary 10-15
Cross Pointe Subdivision Phase II Final Plat 36Old Sparta Rd. & Bob Bullock Rd.Final 4-17
Farris Hills at Falling Water Subdivision 21Boyd Farris Rd.Final 11-15
The Reserve at the Country Club Redivision Lots 37,38,82-84 & 98 10Off Shag Rag Rd.Final 11-15
Somerville Phase I Preliminary Plat 22Breeding Ave, & 10th St.Preliminary 2-16
Copper Springs Phase III Preliminary Plat 75E. Spring St.Preliminary 2-16
West End Neighborhood Phase IV Preliminary Plat 24West End St. Preliminary 3-16
Downton Square Phase V Final Plat 1E. Spring St.Final 5-16
Downton Square Phase VI Preliminary Plat 13E. Spring St.Preliminary 5-16
Washington Station Townhomes Preliminary Plat 21N. Washington Ave.Preliminary 6-16
Somerville Phase II Final Plat 8E. 10th St. & Breeding Ave.Final 8-16
Grant's Grounds Preliminary Plat/Final RAO Plan7N. Franklin Ave.Final 8-17
River's Edge Final Plat 30Old Sparta HighwayFinal 10-16
Stevens Square Final Plat 16West Stevens St.Final 9/17
Forest Oaks Phase II Preliminary Plat 9Bradford TracePreliminary 10-16
Brookhaven Final Plat 9Denton Ave, Freeze St & N. Ferguson AveFinal 9/17
Abington Heights Preliminary Plat 9W. Stevens StPreliminary 1/17
Greystone Subdivision Preliminary Plat 61E. Broad StPreliminary 2/17
Tenth & Fisk Lot 4 Preliminary Plat 1010th St & Fisk RdPreliminary 3/17
Edgington Court Preliminary Plat 23W. Broad St & Chestnut AvePreliminary 3/17
Wheeler/Caldemeyer Preliminary Plat 2Neal St & E. VeteransPreliminary 3/17
Hudgens Court Preliminary Plat 5E. Hudgens StPreliminary 4/17
Mercantile Preliminary Plat 20E. 10th StPreliminary 5/17
Eagle Point Preliminary Plat 8S. Walnut Ave & Interstate DrPreliminary 5/17
Windsor Hill Island Preliminary Plat 49E. Spring St & Nottingham DrPreliminary 6/17
Magnolia Creek Preliminary Plat 51Freehill RdPreliminary 7/17
McCulley Farms Preliminary Plat 18McCulley Rd & Burton LnPreliminary 9/17
Franklin Court Preliminary Plat 5S. Franklin AvePreliminary 9/17
The Reserve at the Country Club Phase II Preliminary Plat 23Reserve Dr & Eagle DrPreliminary 9/17