Revisit Infill and Redevelopment Area regulations to ensure they are compatible with Imagine Lexington and are encouraging desired development.
The first Infill & Redevelopment Committee was created in 1996, which led to the 2001 Residential I/R Study, official adoption of the defined Infill & Redevelopment Area in the 2001 Comprehensive Plan, and subsequent regulatory changes to implement the Plan. The I/R Area boundary is based on the 1934 urbanized area of Lexington and its surroundings, which was primarily developed in traditional patterns prior to the adoption of the Zoning Ordinance. The special provisions in the Zoning Ordinance for this defined area are designed to complement those historical patterns, by allowing and promoting opportunities for compatible growth in older neighborhoods.
Prior to the I/R changes, there were many concerns about inappropriate infill in some areas of town, and lack of infill opportunities in others. The changes were intended to promote development that enhances the livability of the neighborhood, add appropriate density, and promote affordable housing, all while adding value to areas of town that were previously overlooked because the primarily suburban Zoning Ordinance provisions were out of place in these neighborhoods.
Throughout the years, the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance related to infill and redevelopment have been modified to ensure they were accomplishing these goals. It is time to revisit these regulations with a context-sensitive approach to assess whether they are in line with the stated Goals and Objectives, or if they are producing undesirable development within the I/R Area.
- Update the Zoning Ordinance to reflect the Imagine Lexington’s infill policies.