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.