Make recommendations to locate new development within walking distance of existing greenspace / community centers, or create greenspace / community centers within walking distance of residential uses.
Development should provide greenspace or other community gathering spaces within walking distance of residents, especially if these amenities are not otherwise provided.
Strategic and walkable placement of amenities and greenspace is important as it provides for a high quality of life, but also because it reduces the vehicle miles traveled. Additionally, it helps lessen incidences of obesity, heart disease, and hypertension by encouraging daily physical activity associated with walking and biking. Multiple surveys suggest Lexington citizens would like to see better walking/biking trails to connect urban areas. There are many areas throughout the city where residents do not have easy access to greenspace, community centers, or other neighborhood focal points. Developers should be encouraged to find opportunities in these areas to provide these amenities, which would not only provide increased livability, and general health, but would help to improve air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
New development should also be encouraged to make connections to existing greenway/public space projects, such as the Legacy Trail, Town Branch Commons, McConnell Springs, and other regional and neighborhood parks, through well-paved and maintained walkways and bikeways.