Modernize the Zoning Ordinance to reflect the direction of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, proactively planning for the next 20 years of growth.
The last major overhaul of Lexington’s Zoning Ordinance in 1983, much needed in the wake of the City and County merger, also included significant revisions to the Land Subdivision Regulations. There was a focus on raising the bar for future development and ensuring that public infrastructure be built to standards that more adequately addressed public health and safety. Much has changed in the community since that time, but the ordinance has only seen many small revisions to accommodate those significant changes. The last major changes to the zoning ordinance created provisions for infill and redevelopment in 2009.
Imagine Lexington is attempting to mark a significant shift in Lexington’s planning direction, one toward facilitating urban growth, enhancing existing places, and creating new desirable areas. Realizing these goals will require modernizing the Zoning Ordinance to make new projects feasible. Creating abundant new opportunities for varied housing types in order to attract new residents and businesses will be critical, and will require a top-to-bottom review of every section of the ordinance. Many of the past iterations need to be evaluated for efficacy, as well as reviewing the ordinance in light of Imagine Lexington’s focus on equity.
There is no question that, over the last 20 years, changes to the zoning ordinance have taken on a more design-based approach, once again raising the bar for future growth. Residents are increasingly more concerned with the quality of the place they live in. Revisions to the zoning ordinance will focus on creating great new places for people to live, work and experience. These text amendments are called for throughout the adopted 2018 Comprehensive Plan. To facilitate the comprehensive and imposing effort required to amend these ordinances in a meaningful way over the coming years, text amendments emanating from Imagine Lexington will first be presented for formal consideration at the Planning Commission committees. The text amendments will follow the remainder of the process as directed by KRS 100 and the Zoning Ordinance, including mailed notice, a public hearing with the Planning Commission, and final adoption by the Urban County Council.
- Update the Zoning Ordinance to reflect Imagine Lexington priorities.