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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 the month, to discuss how our City's planning efforts have evolved and changed over time.

Join us for our next "Mornings with Planning" on Wednesday November 3rd, 9-10am which will focus on autonomous vehicles. Automakers around the world are actively developing vehicles with the goal of full automation within the next 1 to 2 decades. Vehicles with some automated features have been on the market for several years and beginning this past August fully automated deliveries have been in operation on the University of Kentucky campus. The promise of vehicle automation is that they would provide significant benefits such as dramatically decreasing crash rates and resulting fatalities & serious injuries, as well as improving mobility for persons with disabilities or who otherwise cannot or are not allowed to physically operate a motor vehicle. Automated vehicles, however, can be very disruptive to communities and their economies potentially resulting in changes to communicating patterns, land uses, and the elimination of certain occupations while at the same time creating new opportunities. Vehicle automation also provides an opportunity for communities to make significant progress in creating a more equitable transportation system and ensuring all residents benefit from the technology.

This panel will provide a primer on vehicle automation, discuss some of the more significant potential impacts and what the Lexington Region should begin considering when adopting new plans and programs in anticipation of this technology.

Panelists to be announced!

Register now!

Informational Videos (COMING SOON)

Accela Citizen Portal - The Basics (upcoming)
Accela Citizen Portal - Applications (upcoming)

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