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Rethinking Open Space

Supporting Complete Neighborhoods with Greenspace & Open Space

Well-designed open spaces provide the physical setting for people to gather and establish social connections, create a sense of community and social cohesion, and encourage health through walking and activity—and they are integral to the development of complete neighborhoods and communities. Intentionally planned access to safe and welcoming open spaces is critical to achieving equitable development. The overall quality of life is enhanced through the social, environmental, and economic benefits that greenspaces and open spaces provide. However, our current open space regulations fall short of achieving these goals.

This Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment, or ZOTA for short, is a direct implementation of Imagine Lexington and is one of many projects that are in various stages of development to match our regulations to the vision of the Comprehensive Plan. This ZOTA will align our regulations with:


On September 15, 2022, the revised draft text for the Open Space ZOTA will be presented to the Planning Commission. The revised draft text is available for review at this link.


Engagement opportunities will be posted on our social media and listed in the Important Dates section below. Please join the open space mailing list or contact us (links at bottom of page) to stay informed.

For an introduction on open space and the motivation behind the proposed updates to our Zoning Ordinance, please view the introductory presentation slides.

View a video recording of this introductory information presented by the project lead, Valerie Friedmann, on Feb. 25, 2021.

Outreach & Engagement

As this ZOTA progresses, we will be sharing input opportunities and information via this webpage and through digital mailings to individuals who subscribe to receive updates. This is done with the goal of engaging those who live and work in Lexington early and often as we shape these important regulations.


Presentations, Informational Materials, & Important Dates

The Division of Planning has led the following informational sessions relating to the Open Space ZOTA:  

September 17, 2020 - Planning Commission Work Session

March 22, 2021 - Parks and Recreation Leadership

July 21, 2021 - Greenspace Commission 

May 20, 2022 - Trust for Public Land

November 4, 2020 - Infill & Redevelopment Steering Committee

March 30, 2021 - Fayette Alliance Grow Smart Academy 2.0 Zoning for Equity: Updating Parking and Open Space Requirements

July 28, 2021 - Parks Advisory Board

September 15, 2022 – Planning Commission Work Session

December 4, 2020 - Stormwater Stakeholder Advisory Committee

April 27, 2021 - Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council

August 13, 2021 - Development and Design Focus Group Session 1  
November 11, 2020 - Initial Stakeholder Engagement with Development & Design Community

April 27 & 29, 2021 - Full Planning Staff Review of Draft Text

September 3, 2021 - Development and Design Focus Group Session 2


February 23, 2021 - Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky

May 26. 2021 - Parks Advisory Board

September 30, 2021 - FCNC


February 25, 2021 - Initial Stakeholder Engagement with Neighborhood & Advocacy Groups (presentation above)

May 27, 2021 - Planning Commission Work Session Review of Draft Text

September 30, 2021 - Planning Commission Work Session


March 17, 2021 - Greenspace Commission Meeting

June 7, 2021 - Environmental Commission

November 17, 2021 - Parks Advisory Board



Mailing List & Feedback Form

If you would like to be contacted with updates on this proposal as it progresses, we will be periodically sending out subscriber emails that relay information about public meetings, information sessions, and input opportunities.

If you would like to be notified of future updates and engagement opportunities for the Open Space ZOTA and/or provide any questions or feedback on this topic, please use the form below:


Valerie Friedmann

Project Lead

Senior Planner & Greenspace Planner