Tom Eblen: Lexington Shouldn’t Expand Urban Growth Boundary

After recession, builders want more room to grow. Lexington should say no.

by Tom Eblen, 8.30.16,

After years of recession-induced silence, the drumbeat is sure to start again: builders, developers and land speculators will want to expand the Urban Service Boundary.

Don’t do it, Lexington, and not just for the obvious reason.

Central Kentucky’s land is unique. The World Monuments Fundrecognized that fact a decade ago when it declared the 1.2 million-acre Inner Bluegrass region of Fayette, Woodford and parts of nine surrounding counties “one of America’s most distinctive landscapes.”

At the same time, the fund placed the Inner Bluegrass on its list of the world’s 100 most-endangered places. It noted that 80,000 acres of farmland and natural area had been developed in the previous decade despite this region having some of the nation’s oldest and most ambitious land-preservation efforts…Read more at


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