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Supportive Neighborhood Uses

Create opportunities for additional neighborhood supportive uses, especially in areas where services are lacking.

Ideal neighborhoods include not only a mix of housing types, but also a mix of uses, including neighborhood-serving businesses and opportunities for work and leisure. Incorporating more of these uses into existing neighborhoods as well as new developments should be encouraged. Not all commercial development proposals near residential neighborhoods should be considered supportive, but those that also respond to the “Design” and “Equity” policies, and provide a clear neighborhood need, can be. Additionally, commercial development near residential neighborhoods should not be rejected because it might generate activity near that neighborhood. Vibrant neighborhoods include a range of uses.

Previous efforts to grow neighborhood-scale commercial areas came at a time when traditional anchor retailers were continually closing smaller stores to concentrate their efforts on larger big-box style footprints in higher traffic areas. Competition among retailers nationally meant that scale was the driving factor, and neighborhood business zones were no longer suitable for their needs. The loss of anchor tenants reduced the overall viability of the commercial spaces. Given the shifting nature of retail in an e-commerce era, businesses must re-imagine the way they are meeting the needs of the neighborhood.

Today’s successful neighborhood commercial has a much stronger sense of place, where residents of the area prioritize convenience over cost. Restaurants, personal services, and boutique shopping with integrated community social spaces are the hallmarks of successful small-scale commercial areas like Romany Road and the ever-evolving Southland Drive. Redevelopment of existing commercial centers should focus primarily on creating a space for people to spend time, and smaller spaces for people to shop and work. Including new residential units can in turn complement the space and provide a transition to the surrounding neighborhood.

Action Item(s)

  • Perform gap analysis of existing neighborhoods to identify enhancement opportunities for new supportive uses.

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: 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: 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 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.

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.

GOAL E1: Uphold the Urban Service Area concept.

Objective: E1b

Ensure all types of development are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable to accommodate the future growth needs of all residents while safeguarding rural land.

Objective: E1d

Maximize development on vacant land within the Urban Service Area and promote redevelopment of underutilized land in a manner that enhances existing urban form and/or historic features.