Implement the Placebuilder, which includes criteria for zone change applications, based upon the goals and objectives, to ensure development compliance with the Comprehensive Plan.
Imagine Lexington is full of policies that guide how development should occur throughout the city, and all of them are important. However, it can be difficult to ascertain by simply glancing at the text of the plan what developers should be aiming for with new proposed development or redevelopment. Additionally, adjacent property owners should also be aware of which policies should be considered for a particular application, and what types of development they can expect. The Placebuilder, as the centerpiece of Imagine Lexington, is designed to catalyze conversations about how proposals further urban planning best practices, and to help define what it means to be “in agreement with the adopted comprehensive plan,” per state statute.
Rooted in the Goals & Objectives and the policies of the plan, The Placebuilder illustrates the types of development that are appropriate in various contexts, and it offers a menu of development and place-type options for applicants to choose from. This differs from a traditional land use map, because the goal is no longer about the separation of uses, but instead the building of places. Each type of development has a list of criteria that should be addressed, or shown to be inapplicable, to illustrate how proposals will meet the Comprehensive Plan. Every site is different, with its own opportunities, constraints, and challenges, and not every criterion will apply to every site. The criteria are not a checklist, but they are meant to ensure conversations occur regarding the concepts present throughout Imagine Lexington.
In 2013, the decision was made to remove the land use map that had been a mainstay of previous comprehensive plans to create flexibility and adaptability for the city of Lexington, as infill continued to be the preeminent development strategy. Imagine Lexington, as an update to the 2013 plan, looks to provide additional focus to this strategy: the development criteria create more direction as a policy-based plan. The Placebuilder provides additional guidance to neighborhoods and developers alike.
- Host a Placebuilder workshop and training for developers, Planning Commissioners, and any other interested parties.Create a public outreach program for ongoing community education on Imagine Lexington and the Placebuilder.