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Review Regulations for Walkability

Review zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations to create more walkable places.

As was prominently discussed in Theme A, from a standpoint of developing great neighborhoods, there should be a focus on creating pedestrian-friendly streets and walkable blocks that make traversing them on foot a desirable activity. Reducing setbacks and shortening block lengths will make it easier for people to get around their neighborhoods and access the public and private amenities close to them. The full argument for implementing these principles is laid out clearly in Theme A. While the policy in that chapter places the impetus on the developer to submit plans that address the issue, this policy is for Planning and other divisions to address the underlying regulations that may hold back pedestrian-friendly development. It is important to ensure that revising and updating regulations be done with a purpose and a sharp focus on solving a problem. A full review of the zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations are needed with an aim to answer a singular question: Will a change make it easier or harder for people to connect pedestrians to destinations?

Goals and Objectives

GOAL A3: Provide well-designed neighborhoods and communities.

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.

GOAL B2: Reduce Lexington-Fayette County’s carbon footprint.

Objective: B2d

Prioritize multi-modal options that de-emphasize single-occupancy vehicle dependence.

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.

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