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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 12.2.20 @ 9am:  Looking to 2021: Topics and Trends in Planning throughout the U.S.

2020 has been a pivotal year across the globe, and it has certainly impacted the design, management, and operation of our cities. In this panel, we welcome planning professionals from multiple cities to discuss some of the most pressing topics facing cities and planners today—and to share ideas as we move forward into 2021 and beyond.

Join our expert panelists:

  • Jermaine Ruffin, Development Director for Public-Private Partnerships, City of Detroit
  • Devan Leavins, Special Projects Administrator, Tallahassee-Leon County Florida Planning Department
  • Bynum Walter, Senior Planner, Comprehensive Planning, City of Raleigh
  • Chris Taylor, Long Range Planning Administrative Officer, City of Lexington

Register for the event and submit questions.

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