Youth Comp Plan Challenge

Outline drawing of future construction in Gallatin

Young Gallatin residents are invited to participate in a creative exercise to help the City of Gallatin plan for their future. The City is currently developing a long-range plan that sets a vision for the future where students of today will be living....from restaurants and attractions, parks, bike lanes, greenways, and public transportation, to the types of jobs that will be available in Gallatin in 20 years. 

"Developing a long-range strategic plan shouldn’t be done in a vacuum. It should be inclusive types of people wherever they live in Gallatin. I expect great ideas from our young minds, and their input is such a valuable part of this planning process.”
Mayor Paige Brown

What do students want their future city to look like?

Below are three different tracts that students at any grade level are invited to choose from:

VISUAL ARTS PROMPT. . . . Responses may be drawings, paintings, photographs, mixed media arts, etc.

  • The year is 2040. What does the City of Gallatin look like?
  • In 20 years, what do you imagine Old Hickory Lake will look like?  
    What will it be used for? How has it become more ingrained in the fabric of the community in Gallatin?

Essays, creative writing responses, or journalistic responses

  • The year is 2040. What is Gallatin best known for? Are you proud to call yourself a citizen of Gallatin? Why or why not?
  • What makes you feel connected to your community? If you don't feel connected to your community, what are some ways that the City of Gallatin can help increase community connection throughout the city?
  • The year is 2040. What does the City of Gallatin look like?
  • Who are the major employers and/or what types of industry exist in Gallatin?
  • What are the demographics of Gallatin (age, race, ethnicty, socio-economic status, etc.)?
  • Are there new recreational opportunities available? If so, what are they?
  • Is there a lot of open space or greenspace? Or, has a lot of the open space been converted into something else? If so, what has it been converted to?

ANALYTICAL PROBLEM-SOLVING PROMPT..  Responses may be more open-ended. These can be written responses, models, charts, engineering solutions, apps, etc.

  • Where does Town Creek start (point A- upstream) and where does it end (point B- downstream)? How easy would it be to travel from point A to point B if you were 1) a fish, 2) a deer and 3) a bike rider?
  • Explore the role of natural corridors for humans and wildlife.  Map the ability to move from point A to point B through the corridor, and discuss what could be done to improve mobility.
  • What are some creative and innovative solutions to managing traffic congestion along SR 386?

For more information please call Ben at GNRC at 615-880-3920.