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Varied, Abundant, & Connected Greenspaces

Provide varied, abundant, and connected greenspaces throughout Lexington’s urban and rural areas.

The Bluegrass identity sets Lexington apart from the rest of the world. It is vital that this identity be preserved and maintained through the designation and preservation of greenspace; growth should strike a harmonious balance between development and preservation. Lexington has and should continue to provide abundant new greenspace and greenways, while preserving existing natural areas that continue to foster and promote growth. Greenspace and greenways are essential to the quality of life expected by Lexington’s citizens and are imperative to attracting new businesses and skilled workers.

Greenspace should not be subjugated to the rural service area; rather, greenspace and greenways should play a prominent role in how the urban service area is developed. As the community continues to grow, more projects such as the Legacy and Town Branch Trails should be considered and implemented, and more neighborhood parks should be created.

Greenspace is more than horse farms, parks, and forests; it also includes streams, sinkholes, the Kentucky River, and the prime soils provided by Lexington’s karst topography. Greenways are linear corridors, not unlike roads and trails, which can provide critical linkage and protection of natural and cultural resources. Both new and existing corridors should be made complete with green infrastructure.

The natural topography of the Bluegrass offers abundant opportunities within the urban service area for greenspace. Greenspaces provide for recreational tourism, healthier living habits, and socially equitable open spaces. The scenic, environmental, and cultural impact of allocating greenspace and greenways is vital to a healthy and thriving urban environment.

The issues, concerns, and policy recommendations of both the 1994 Greenspace Plan and the 2002 Greenway Master Plan should continue to be considered and implemented. Both plans should be updated, taking into account new advancements in technology, growth, and development.

Goals and Objectives

GOAL A3: Provide well-designed neighborhoods and communities.

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.

Objective: A3c

Minimize disruption of natural features when building new communities.

Objective: A3d

Promote, maintain, and expand the urban forest throughout Lexington.

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

Objective: B2b

Anticipate the community's needs by encouraging environmentally sustainable uses of natural resources.

GOAL B3: Apply environmentally sustainable practices to protect, conserve and restore landscapes and natural resources.

Objective: B3a

Support the funding, planning and management of a green infrastructure program.

Objective: B3b

Identify and protect natural resources and landscapes before development occurs.

Objective: B3c

Incorporate green infrastructure principles in new plans and policies, including, but not limited to and transportation.

GOAL D2: Support a model of development that focuses on people-first to provide accessible community facilities and services to meet the health, safety and quality of life needs of Lexington-Fayette County’s residents and visitors.

There are no objectives related to this policy that further this particular goal.

GOAL D3: Protect and enhance the natural and cultural landscapes that give Lexington-Fayette County its unique identity and image.

There are no objectives related to this policy that further this particular goal.

GOAL E2: Support the agricultural economy, horse farms, general agricultural farms and the rural character of the Rural Service Area.

Objective: E2a

Protect and enhance the natural, cultural, historic and environmental resources of Lexington-Fayette County's Rural Service Area and Bluegrass farmland to help promote the general agricultural brand and ensure Lexington-Fayette County remains the Horse Capital of the World.

Objective: E2b

Support the Purchase of Development Rights and private sector farmland conservation programs to protect, preserve and enhance our signature agricultural industries, historic structures, cultural landscapes, natural environments and community welfare.