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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 03.03.21 @ 9am: RESCHEDULED Planning for Basic Human Needs During a Pandemic

March's discussion will focus on the ways our city is planning to address the challenges our vulnerable residents face when it comes to meeting our most fundamental human needs, including food, housing, safety, and access to basic services that many of us take for granted.

Join our expert panelists:

-Chris Ford, (Guest Moderator & Commissioner of Social Services)

-Heather Dieffenbach, Executive Director, Lexington Public Library

-Sharon Price, Executive Director, Community Action Council

-Christine Smith, Executive Director, Seedleaf

-Lauren Weaver, GISP, Long Range Senior Planner, City of Lexington

Register and submit questions here!

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