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Infill Residential & Context Sensitivity

Infill residential can and should aim to increase density while enhancing existing neighborhoods through context sensitive design.

In areas where the preservation of existing neighborhood design characteristics is of high importance, infill residential should apply the recurring building patterns of the area. It is wholly possible to add residential units while matching the consistent rhythm of existing development, so that the new seamlessly blends in with the old. Significant contrasts in scale, massing and design should be minimized while attempting to not impact the density of a proposed development.

Action Item(s)

  • Evaluate and amend residential zones to allow greater housing opportunities.

Goals and Objectives

GOAL A1: Expand housing choices

Objective: A1b

Accommodate the demand for housing in Lexington responsibly, prioritizing higher-density and mixture of housing types.

Objective: A1c

Plan for safe, affordable and accessible housing to meet the needs of older and/or disadvantaged residents.

Objective: A1d

Create and implement housing incentives that strengthen the opportunities for higher-density and housing affordability.

GOAL A2: Support infill and redevelopment throughout the Urban Service Area as a strategic component of growth.

Objective: A2a

Identify areas of opportunity for infill, redevelopment, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use development.

Objective: A2b

Respect the context and design features of areas surrounding development projects and develop design standards and guidelines to ensure compatibility with existing urban form.

Objective: A2c

Incorporate adequate greenspace and open space into all development projects, which serve the needs of the intended population.

Objective: A2d

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 A3: Provide well-designed neighborhoods and communities.

Objective: A3a

Enable existing and new neighborhoods to flourish through improved regulation, expanded opportunities for neighborhood character preservation, and public commitment to expand options for mixed-use and mixed-type housing throughout Lexington-Fayette County

Objective: A3b

Strive for positive and safe social interactions in neighborhoods, including, but not limited to, neighborhoods that are connected for pedestrians and various modes of transportation.

GOAL B2: Reduce Lexington-Fayette County’s carbon footprint.

Objective: B2b

Anticipate the community's needs by encouraging environmentally sustainable uses of natural resources.

GOAL E1: Uphold the Urban Service Area concept.

Objective: E1a

Continue to monitor the absorption of vacant and underutilized land within the Urban Service Area.

Objective: E1b

Ensure all types of development are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable to accommodate the future growth needs of all residents while safeguarding rural land.

Objective: E1d

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.

Objective: E1e

Pursue strategies to activate large undeveloped landholdings within the Urban Service Area.