Update the Downtown Master Plan.
The current Downtown Master Plan focused largely on specified projects and proposed infill locations. Since its adoption, the identified projects have largely either been completed or jettisoned for one reason or another. Further, the broad focus on infill lot identification did little to provide guidance on how those properties should develop. A more refined approach to look at use and form is overdue, as is a deep dive on how infill projects will fit in and enhance their surrounding areas.
- Update the Downtown Master Plan.
Goals and Objectives
GOAL A2: Support infill and redevelopment throughout the Urban Service Area as a strategic component of growth.
Implement innovative programs, such as the public infrastructure fund and land bank programs, to facilitate sustainable development, including, but not limited to, housing, affordable at all income levels, and commercial and economic activity.
GOAL B3: Apply environmentally sustainable practices to protect, conserve and restore landscapes and natural resources.
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.
Strengthen efforts to develop a variety of job opportunities that lead to prosperity for all.
Strengthen regulations and policies that propel the agricultural economy, including, but not limited to, local food production and distribution, agritourism and the equine industry that showcase Lexington-Fayette County as the Horse Capital of the World.
Collaborate with institutions of higher learning to foster a capable and skilled work force while engaging agencies that address the lack of prosperity for residents by reducing joblessness.
Encourage development that promotes and enhances tourism.
Encourage developers of government-funded or subsidized projects to employ residents in the vicinity.
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.
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.
Improve opportunities for small business development and workers who rely on personal technology.
Review and improve regulations and policies that attract and retain high paying jobs through close collaboration with agencies that focus on economic development.
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.
Support the Complete Streets concept, prioritizing a pedestrian-first design that also accommodates the needs of bicycle, transit and other vehicles.
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.
Concentrate efforts to enhance mass transit along our corridors in order to facilitate better service for our growing population, as well as efficiencies in our transit system.
Improve traffic operation strategies.
GOAL D4: Promote, support, encourage and provide incentives for public art.
There are no objectives related to this policy that further this particular goal.
GOAL E1: Uphold the Urban Service Area concept.
Ensure all types of development are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable to accommodate the future growth needs of all residents while safeguarding rural land.
Emphasize redevelopment of underutilized corridors.
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.