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Implement Lexington

So, we've imagined Lexington - now what? Let's put this plan into action! The various projects and action items listed within the "Imagine" portion of the site provide a roadmap for both Planning staff and the community that will take us from vision to reality.

Throughout 2020, we will be populating this page with more information on these implementation items, with updates on metrics, project pages, and more. 

At present, this page contains information and updates about some of the projects Planning has gotten underway so far. More to come! 

Implementation Progress

Imagine Lexington Annual Report

Though we are working to get more detailed metrics up on the site by the end of the year, this annual report provides an overview of the progress made during our first year of implementing the plan (2019 - 2020)

The PET Project

Imagine Lexington encourages anyone seeking a zone change to undertake "meaningful engagement" with stakeholders early and often throughout the process.

In the fall of 2019, the Division of Planning formed an advisory panel made up of developers, community representatives, and residents to help define "meaningful engagement" and development the Public Engagement Toolkit (PET) - an endeavor that has been titled The PET Project.

The goal of the Toolkit is to offer developers guidance and tips for success, while simultaneously empowering Lexington residents to:

  • Understand the development review process
  • Know where to find information about proposed developments
  • Recognize appropriate stages in the process to provide input

Accessory Dwelling Units Proposal

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are smaller, secondary independent housekeeping establishments located on the same lot as a principal dwelling. ADUs are independently habitable and provide the basic requirements of shelter, heating, cooking, and sanitation. 

The Division of Planning has put forth a proposal that would allow these small dwelling units of up to 800 square feet on all urban, single-family residential lots in Lexington. The details of the proposal and the ADU process can be found in the resources below.

ADU Fact Sheet


ADU Proposal

Revised Zoning Ordinance text *approved by the Planning Commission - Oct. 21, 2019

Public hearing continuation presentation - Oct. 21, 2019

Public hearing presentation - Sept. 26, 2019

Staff report

Planning staff response to public comment


ADU Resources

Planning Commission Work Session Presentations

July 19, 2018
March 21, 2019
May 30, 2019
June 20, 2019
July 18, 2019
Aug. 29, 2019

ADU Public Input Presentations


ADU Manual

Imagine Nicholasville Road

As our community continues to grow and change, we are exploring how we can improve one of Lexington’s major corridors. Through Imagine Nicholasville Road, we will identify strategies to respond to on-going redevelopment along the corridor.

The study will focus on how we can introduce more housing and a mix of land uses along the corridor, particularly as commercial properties redevelop, and how this can help address our city’s housing needs.  We will also identify how to create a more pedestrian and transit-oriented street, with the goal of improving and increasing public transit use, in order to move people more efficiently along this important regional corridor.

Imagine Nicholasville Road is a direct result of the Lexington’s 2018 Imagine Lexington Comprehensive Plan. Recommendations from this study, derived with public input, will be used to guide future development efforts and decision-making for Nicholasville Road.  The study will also prioritize transportation investments and coordinate them with redevelopment as it occurs over time.

Implementation Work Session Materials

Use the link below to access all agendas and informational packets distributed during our recent Planning Commission Work Session meetings.

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Work Session Materials

Access the most up-to-date information on current implementation items relating to the 2018 Comprehensive Plan.