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Context Sensitive Development

Provide development that is sensitive to the surrounding context.

Context-sensitive development is compatible and complementary to adjacent neighborhoods and communities. It enhances the existing neighborhoods through land uses and development patterns that are sensitive to the nearby built and natural environments. This does not mean all developments should be homogeneous or that Lexington should continue its history of highly separated land uses and residential densities, but rather new development should be connected to existing neighborhoods in a meaningful way that brings a higher quality of life to all residents by creating a sense of place. These connections can be made through providing complementary uses (neighborhood-serving retail, places of employment, community greenspaces and open areas, and other neighborhood focal points), as well as physical multimodal connections. The connection of uses should be done through an appropriate scale that makes them accessible and not out of place or intrusive. Intensity step-downs and buffers (where necessary) should be used to ensure compatibility.

Goals and Objectives

GOAL A2: Support infill and redevelopment throughout the Urban Service Area as a strategic component of growth.

Objective: A2b

Respect the context and design features of areas surrounding development projects and develop design standards and guidelines to ensure compatibility with existing urban form.

GOAL A3: Provide well-designed neighborhoods and communities.

Objective: A3a

Enable existing and new neighborhoods to flourish through improved regulation, expanded opportunities for neighborhood character preservation, and public commitment to expand options for mixed-use and mixed-type housing throughout Lexington-Fayette County

GOAL B2: Reduce Lexington-Fayette County’s carbon footprint.

Objective: B2a

Continue programs and initiatives to improve energy efficiency.

Objective: B2b

Anticipate the community's needs by encouraging environmentally sustainable uses of natural resources.

Objective: B2c

Provide incentives for green building, sustainable development, and transit-oriented development with civic agencies leading by example through the use of green building standards.

GOAL B3: Apply environmentally sustainable practices to protect, conserve and restore landscapes and natural resources.

Objective: B3b

Identify and protect natural resources and landscapes before development occurs.

Objective: B3c

Incorporate green infrastructure principles in new plans and policies, including, but not limited to and transportation.

GOAL C1: Support and showcase local assets to further the creation of a variety of jobs.

Objective: C1a

Strengthen efforts to develop a variety of job opportunities that lead to prosperity for all.

Objective: C1d

Encourage development that promotes and enhances tourism.

GOAL C2: Attract the world’s finest jobs, encourage an entrepreneurial spirit, and enhance our ability to recruit and retain a talented, creative workforce by establishing opportunities that embrace diversity with inclusion in our community.

Objective: C2a

Prioritize the success and growth of strategically-targeted employment sectors (healthcare, education, high-tech, advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, agritourism, and the like), and enable infill and redevelopment that creates jobs where people live.

Objective: C2b

Improve opportunities for small business development and workers who rely on personal technology.

Objective: C2d

Provide entertainment and other quality of life opportunities that attract young, and culturally diverse professionals, and a work force of all ages and talents to Lexington.

GOAL D1: Work to achieve an effective and comprehensive transportation system.

Objective: D1a

Support the Complete Streets concept, prioritizing a pedestrian-first design that also accommodates the needs of bicycle, transit and other vehicles.

Objective: D1b

Develop a viable network of accessible transportation alternatives for residents and commuters, which may include the use of mass transit, bicycles, walkways, ridesharing, greenways and other strategies.

GOAL D2: Support a model of development that focuses on people-first to provide accessible community facilities and services to meet the health, safety and quality of life needs of Lexington-Fayette County’s residents and visitors.

Objective: D2c

Collaborate with service providers about how their community facilities should enhance existing neighborhoods.

GOAL D3: Protect and enhance the natural and cultural landscapes that give Lexington-Fayette County its unique identity and image.

Objective: D3a

Protect historic resources and archaeological sites.

Objective: D3b

Incentivize the renovation, restoration, development and maintenance of historic residential and commercial structures.

Objective: D3c

Develop incentives to retain, restore, preserve and continue use of historic site and structures, rural settlements and urban and rural neighborhoods.

GOAL E1: Uphold the Urban Service Area concept.

Objective: E1b

Ensure all types of development are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable to accommodate the future growth needs of all residents while safeguarding rural land.

Objective: E1d

Maximize development on vacant land within the Urban Service Area and promote redevelopment of underutilized land in a manner that enhances existing urban form and/or historic features.