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Underutilized Commercial Property

Analyze underutilized commercial property through corridor land use and transportation studies.

The goals and objectives of this comprehensive plan very plainly call for an intensification of the major corridors. Other proposed policies throughout the document have taken aim at the regulatory side of the equation. Another critical aspect of this policy framework is to engage the public along these corridors about these issues and what forms these intensifications may take. Long Range Planning has already begun meeting with various commercial landowners, developers and property managers about their visions for their sites and how they can take advantage of the already modified zoning tools.

Corridor studies will be a partnership between the Division of Planning, the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the respective corridor’s commercial stakeholders about future land uses and transportation needs. The public involvement will be critical to cultivating buy-in, just as it has been on every previous small area plan. Of the utmost importance will be setting milestones to achieve a level of commercial and residential intensity to support mass transit along these corridors. The goal will be to think big and for the long term, while allowing policymakers to act incrementally. These studies will very likely continue over the next 10 to 15 years, with implementation lasting even longer. However, the guidance of these studies will be long lasting for LexTran and the property owners in how they plan their future growth and development.

Action Item(s)

  • Perform corridor studies along arterial streets that examine land use and transportation elements.

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: 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 B2: Reduce Lexington-Fayette County’s carbon footprint.

Objective: B2c

Provide incentives for green building, sustainable development, and transit-oriented development with civic agencies leading by example through the use of green building standards.

Objective: B2d

Prioritize multi-modal options that de-emphasize single-occupancy vehicle dependence.

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.

Objective: D1c

Concentrate efforts to enhance mass transit along our corridors in order to facilitate better service for our growing population, as well as efficiencies in our transit system.

GOAL E1: Uphold the Urban Service Area concept.

Objective: E1a

Continue to monitor the absorption of vacant and underutilized land within the Urban Service Area.

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: E1c

Emphasize redevelopment of underutilized corridors.

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.