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The Uncommon Commons

New ways to reconnect, reimagine, & respond in a new reality

A “commons” is typically thought of as a physical gathering place for the community to engage and interact, but how do we accomplish these things when our ability to gather physically is compromised?  How do we continue this concept of a “commons”, in an uncommon time?

The Division of Planning is focusing our efforts on producing digital and virtual materials that can be accessed from anywhere, to further Imagine Lexington’s public outreach mission.  These will feature a host of evolving tools that are meant to respond to the real-time needs of our community, including but not limited to:

  • Informational videos
  • Interactive webinars
  • Published online materials
  • Virtual walking tours

We know this is a challenging time, and the Division of Planning is committed to listening.  We will continue to provide educational materials to make our process as open, transparent, and effective as it can be as we move forward together.

Mornings with Planning - Interactive Webinars

Mornings with Planning is a monthly interactive digital panel series, held on the first Wednesday of every month, to discuss how our City's planning efforts have evolved and changed over time.  These discussions will tackle a new topic every month, bringing experts from Lexington and beyond to discuss important matters of the day that impact our ever-changing city.  We want to hear from you, what topic should we cover next month?  Got an engaging speaker we should talk to?  Let us know at!

Next Panel Discussion 10.7.20 @ 9am:  How are new trends shaping the future of Lexington's transportation network?.

The way we view transportation has been shifting at a rapid pace. This webinar will discuss how Lexington is responding to a call for "Complete Streets" to give equal consideration to all modes of traffic, bikes, people, and mass transit; and, the updating and reimagining of aging infrastructure around the city to meet those needs.

Our Expert Panelists:

  • Secretary Jim Gray, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet & Former Mayor of Lexington
  • Fred Combs, Director of Planning for Lextran
  • Mike Sewell, Principal at Gresham Smith
  • Kenzie Gleason, Administrative Officer for Lexington Area MPO

Register in advance and submit your questions to:

Watch Previous Editions of Mornings with Planning

Informational Videos (COMING SOON)

Accela Citizen Portal - The Basics (upcoming)
Accela Citizen Portal - Applications (upcoming)
Urban Design Videos (upcoming)

Child running in park - Franzetti
Porch Placemaking Week
Bike and parked cars