The highest density of our residential development should be directed to our major corridors and downtown.
Given Lexington’s ever-increasing population, the community’s expressed desire to create exciting walkable places, and the goal of preserving valuable agricultural land, density is very important. However, high density development is not appropriate in every context. As stressed within the “Design” vision and policies, density should address the context of its surroundings.
Imagine Lexington intends to direct the highest density/intensity development to the major corridors and downtown area to bolster the viability of an enhanced transit service. Doing so also ensures that the bulk of the highest density residential development occurs outside of existing thriving neighborhoods. Where corridor development and thriving neighborhoods merge, transitions and step-downs should mitigate intrusion. Corridor development should also include multimodal connections to adjacent developments and neighborhoods, incorporating them into the context of the neighborhood.