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Integrated Community Facilities

Community facilities should be well integrated into their respective neighborhoods.


School sites should be appropriately sized for the needs of the community and designed to be an integral part of the community, rather than sequestered and closed off. Ensuring neighborhood access to these sites is important, so they can act as community-building entities.

Healthcare, social services

Neighborhood-level healthcare and social service options are important, especially for areas where there is a low level of automobile ownership. While it is vitally important to preserve access and opportunity to these facilities in all areas, it is also critical that they be good neighbors to the neighborhoods they serve. The city, service providers and neighborhoods should work together to ensure that those in need of services have adequate transportation to and from facilities, and that public safety in the respective areas be evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Greenspace, focal points etc.

Parks, greenspace, and neighborhood focal points should be available to all neighbors. Steps should be taken to provide adequate access during their creation, and opportunities for retrofit access should be explored to address inadequate access to current sites.

Action Item(s)

  • Inventory and map existing social services and healthcare facilities.

Goals and Objectives

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 A4: Address community facilities at a neighborhood scale.

Objective: A4a

Incorporate schools, libraries, and other community-focused educational institutions into neighborhoods in order to maximize safe routes for all pedestrians and bicyclists.

Objective: A4b

Plan for equitable and accessible social services and healthcare facilities that address the needs of all residents, maximizing the opportunity to reach geographically underserved areas throughout the community.

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 D1: Work to achieve an effective and comprehensive transportation system.

Objective: D1a

Support the Complete Streets concept, prioritizing a pedestrian-first design that also accommodates the needs of bicycle, transit and other vehicles.

Objective: D1b

Develop a viable network of accessible transportation alternatives for residents and commuters, which may include the use of mass transit, bicycles, walkways, ridesharing, greenways and other strategies.

GOAL D2: Support a model of development that focuses on people-first to provide accessible community facilities and services to meet the health, safety and quality of life needs of Lexington-Fayette County’s residents and visitors.

Objective: D2b

Collaborate with educational and healthcare entities to meet the needs of Lexington-Fayette County's residents and visitors.

Objective: D2c

Collaborate with service providers about how their community facilities should enhance existing neighborhoods.