LEXINGTON, Ky. (9/11/13) – Lexington residents got their first look at a draft of the city's new comprehensive plan Tuesday night, detailing potential development in Lexington over the next five years.
The meeting at the senior center on Nicholasville Road outlined recommendations in five key areas: growing successful neighborhoods, maintaining a balance between planning for urban uses and safeguarding rural land, creating jobs and prosperity, improving a desirable community, and protecting the environment.
Citizens were encouraged to give their input on each of the plan's aspects by going to various stations set up that outlined each individual area.
Jim Duncan, planning manager for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, began the meeting by informing citizens that Lexington's urban service area would not expand with this plan, a decision already made by the planning commission and the Urban County Council. Now, they'll have to work toward growing the city within the current urban service boundaries.
“I think it's extremely important that we do infill and redevelopment in the right way,” he said. “The only way we're going to be able to continue to contain the urban service boundary is to make sure that we accommodate growth and development. Not just people, but job growth and recreation growth, as well as housing growth within the existing urban area, and that's going to require more creativity and a little more thinking than we've done in the past.”
Duncan added that hosting public forums are crucial in developing a city in order to accommodate the needs of all residents.
“We need the public to understand the plan. We certainly need the public to provide input on the plan to help make the plan better because this is the guiding document for development for the future of Lexington,” said Duncan. “It affects all of us who live here. We need to be involved in it, we need to understand it, and we need to know what the pitfalls are and try to regress those ahead of time.”
A second meeting to showcase the plan's draft will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lexington Public Library's Village Branch.
The planning commission will also host another public meeting later this year before taking a final vote to adopt the five-year plan.
To take a look at the full comprehensive plan, visit www.lexingtonky.gov/2013CompPlan.
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