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Nashville, Tenn ---  Metro's Charter Revision Commission hadn't met since 2012.

That changed Wednesday night when the board gave the thumbs up to a major change to the Metro Charter, cutting the number of Metro Council districts from 40 to 27.

The proposal still needs Metro Council approval and it must pass a public vote in November.

Council Member Emily Evans is proposing it as part of a bigger plan to also increase term limits from 2 terms to three.

Evans says there's really no need to have 40 members now like there was in 1963.

"We have a 40 member council by virtue of a political compromise in 1963," said Evans.

Evans says similar Metro Governments like Louisville have 26 members and Indianapolis has 29.

Her proposed 27 member council would represent districts that are roughly 9,000 people larger.

Charter Commission Member Susan Jones is the only member to vote against the plan.

She worries the smaller council will be less responsive to constituents.

"The people that represent will not have as much direct access and I think it's important for people to feel they have opportunity to speak directly with their council member," said Jones.

Evans is less worried about that as she says things like Facebook and email make it much easier to communicate with people than it was 50 years ago.

"Now you have all these channels of communication you have a lot more ability to respond and to handle complaints for your constituents," said Evans.