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Proactively Rezone Properties

Identify catalytic redevelopment opportunities to proactively rezone properties, clear regulatory hurdles, and expedite redevelopment in key areas that will ignite further economic growth.

Previous small area plans, which contained future land use recommendations, have been critical to facilitating future development in those locations. Recommendations in the South Nicholasville Road Small Area Plan led the way for The Summit at Fritz Farm, an area that had been the subject of numerous failed zone change attempts in the past. While in the Winburn- Russell Cave Small Area Plan, specific recommendations for public improvements were immediately implemented through Urban County Council action, approving funds for constructing the completion of Winburn Drive to Citation Boulevard.

Looking forward, as the planned corridor studies that are a major component of Imagine Lexington are completed, property owners interested in implementing the recommendations should be afforded an opportunity to take part in a Planning Commission initiated Zone Map Amendment. Leveraging the partnerships forged during the study period, a government sponsored zone change that reflects the recommendations would expedite the land use changes needed along the respective corridors. If the City has a desired outcome in these areas, proactive measures should be taken to lay the groundwork for their implementation.

Taking steps to clear the path for future development can signal to the development community that there is substantial buy-in on the planned path forward, minimizing both the risk and cost associated with redevelopment projects. Part of the corridor study process would include engagement with the associated Urban County Councilmembers to ensure a broad overall desire to implement the plans.

Action Item(s)

  • Work with the Planning Commission and Council to proactively pursue government-initiated zone changes recommended by corridor studies.

Goals and Objectives

GOAL A1: Expand housing choices

Objective: A1a

Pursue incentives and regulatory approaches that encourage creativity and sustainability in housing development.

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: 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

GOAL C1: Support and showcase local assets to further the creation of a variety of jobs.

Objective: C1a

Strengthen efforts to develop a variety of job opportunities that lead to prosperity for all.

Objective: C1b

Strengthen regulations and policies that propel the agricultural economy, including, but not limited to, local food production and distribution, agritourism and the equine industry that showcase Lexington-Fayette County as the Horse Capital of the World.

GOAL C3: Identify, provide and sustain readily available publicly-controlled economic development land to meet Fayette County’s need for jobs, amending the Comprehensive Plan as necessary to ensure it remains an up-to-date and workable framework for economic development.

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

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.

Objective: D1c

Concentrate efforts to enhance mass transit along our corridors in order to facilitate better service for our growing population, as well as efficiencies in our transit system.