Ideas from the public are being gathered through open forums, community surveys, photo sharing and online chats.
So far, the ideas have been positive and widespread and some of the most prevalent deal with parks, sidewalks and schools.
"The important thing to take away from this whole process right now is that everyone is welcome," Owensby said. "Everybody is invited. Everybody has a say in this and you don't have to come to a meeting in person to be heard. We have several online tools. We have a phone line to call and leave a message. We're all about reaching out."
A series of public meetings begin this week and run through July as part of the second step in the NashvilleNext process.
Owensby told Nashville's News 2 the goal of the meetings is to narrow down the ideas into something doable.
Mapping future growth will begin in the fall, with policy decisions and plan adoption scheduled over the next two years. The final plan will take effect in 2015 and carry the city through 2040.
The first public meeting for NashvilleNext is Monday, July 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Casa Azafran on Nolensville Pike.
To find a meeting near you or to learn more about NashvilleNext, visit the Nashville government Web site.