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Parking Design Aesthetics

Design car parking areas so as not to be the primary visual component of the neighborhood.

New residential development should minimize the visual appearance of parking lots on streets to preserve that space for use that will activate the front yards and sidewalks for pedestrians and bicyclists. This can be achieved by placing parking lots to the rear or interior of the site, so that the building fronts along a public street. This increases the structure’s visual aesthetic, the walkability of the development, and allows for better integration into the existing pattern of the area. For areas where this is not feasible, screening and buffering with trees and shrubs can soften the impact of parking areas on adjacent properties.

For parking structures, providing an active ground level with uses such as retail, restaurants, or visually compelling or interactive art installations can positively impact the structure’s integration into the surrounding area and help it to achieve harmony with adjacent buildings.

Goals and Objectives

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

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.

There are no objectives related to this policy that further this particular goal.