Consult with planning departments of adjacent counties to find common Comprehensive Plan goals, objectives and implementation items where shared benefits could be gained by working together.
Regional planning efforts in the past have been difficult endeavors for many reasons; however, there is a shared goal among staff from all of Lexington’s regional neighbors to advance the basic principles of urban planning. While there are significant differences in the underlying ordinances that control zoning from county to county, all of the neighboring counties have adopted comprehensive plans, which share many goals and objectives.
Developing a rapport with the planning staff from these neighboring planning departments and identifying common goals and objectives would allow for shared efforts in implementing policies. This would foster a commonality that highlights similarities, rather than focusing on differences.