Murfreesboro Design Guidelines

The Design Guidelines provide a broad overview of the community's desires, expectations, and requirements for development within the city limits.

Community leaders have shown a commitment to developing and maintaining a healthy, vibrant community. Public input has been ongoing and extensive since the project began in October 2005. Citizens, elected officials, residents, neighborhood leaders, economic development officials, environmental advocates have communicated their desire for an improved aesthetic appearance throughout the City of Murfreesboro in the areas of:

  • Streetscape
  • Signs
  • Landscaping
  • Building Design & Materials

In these Design Guidelines, certain visible design elements are included to ensure specific criteria is established to provide the continuation and strengthening of our unique sense of place, rich tradition, diverse economy and excellent quality of life in Murfreesboro.

Murfreesboro is a dynamic, growing community 35 miles southeast of Nashville with a strong diversity in employment, housing, education, and people.  The City, at the geographic center of the state, is a desirable location for tourism and business growth and an attractive destination for people migrating to live in the southeastern United States.  Murfreesboro and Rutherford County consistently rank in the top 10 communities in the nation for job growth.  The area has a population majority between 20 - 54 years old, and is home to Middle Tennessee State University, with more than 22,000 students.