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 The Germantown Road Realignment Is Not Happening, Really

It seems that each year during budget season, suspicions about the revival of the Germantown Road realignment project resurface. These suspicions are false. The project is not included in any long-range capital or transportation plans. And while the project was submitted for Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) funding in 2013, the request was withdrawn by the City and the project does not appear in any long-range MPO funding plans. This fact has been confirmed by MPO Administrator Pragati Srivastava, who recently confirmed “that the Germantown Realignment project is not included in the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for federal funding. The only major capital project for the City is the Germantown Road and Wolf River Boulevard intersection improvement.” Nor does the project appear in the City of Germantown’s long-range capital improvement plan.

There are also suspicions that the streetscape work recently completed along Germantown Road near the Train Depot is a precursor to the realignment project. This is also false. The streetscape work is part of the 2016 Streetscape Plan intended to improve access and mobility for all forms of transportation, including pedestrians and bicyclists. The next phase of the plan is budgeted in fiscal year 2019 and includes funding for design of planned improvements along Exeter Road. The proposed plans include expanding the median and adjacent park space to provide additional public space for festivals, events and recreation. The proposed plan also calls for on-street parking, additional landscape/tree plantings, and public art. Improved pedestrian crossings and safety improvements at the intersection of Exeter and Neshoba roads are also recommended.

City staff is available to answer questions and discuss projects with the public. To reach the appropriate department, simply contact our friendly customer service specialists at CustomerService@Germantown-TN.gov or (901) 757-7200. 


Get the Facts About Zoning in Germantown

Did you know that 90% of the land within Germantown's corporate limits is zoned residential? That’s only 1,272 commercially zoned acres out of the 12,720 acres that make up the City. Of those commercially zoned acres, only 805 acres or 6.3%, are subject to smart growth zoning.

Zoning Demographics



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Zoned non-residential acres



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Ratio of residential to non-residential (including Smart Code)




Germantown has 15,536 total housing units with a 96% occupancy rate. Of those, 84% are owner-occupied. The City’s office and retail occupancy rates are 98% and 94% respectively. 

A complete zoning map is available here. Additional information about Smart Growth is available here. City staff are happy to answer any questions you may have. For zoning questions, contact Sheila Pounder at SPounder@Germantown-TN.gov. For other questions, connect with a customer service specialist at CustomerService@Germantown-TN.gov or call (901) 757-7200.