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.
- Evaluate and amend residential zones to allow greater housing opportunities.
Goals and Objectives
GOAL A1: Expand housing choices
Accommodate the demand for housing in Lexington responsibly, prioritizing higher-density and mixture of housing types.
Plan for safe, affordable and accessible housing to meet the needs of older and/or disadvantaged residents.
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.
Identify areas of opportunity for infill, redevelopment, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use development.
Respect the context and design features of areas surrounding development projects and develop design standards and guidelines to ensure compatibility with existing urban form.
Incorporate adequate greenspace and open space into all development projects, which serve the needs of the intended population.
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.
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
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.
Anticipate the community's needs by encouraging environmentally sustainable uses of natural resources.
GOAL E1: Uphold the Urban Service Area concept.
Continue to monitor the absorption of vacant and underutilized land within the Urban Service Area.
Ensure all types of development are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable to accommodate the future growth needs of all residents while safeguarding rural land.
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.
Pursue strategies to activate large undeveloped landholdings within the Urban Service Area.