2012 Comprehensive Plan Update
Updating the Comp. Plan is a two-year process—which started in spring 2011. It began with the Mayor holding a press conference, announcing no expansion of the Urban Services Area during the 2012 Comprehensive Plan update. Click here to view.
To follow through on this vision, The Fayette Alliance has been involved since the plan’s early stages, advocating for farmland protection, innovative development, and improved water quality and infrastructure in our community. If we seize this opportunity, Lexington can become the model for sustainable growth and development, by connecting and balancing its vibrant city, with its productive and unique Bluegrass farmland.
Currently, the Council has finished the first phase of the update, drafting the Goals and Objectives (G&Os) of the plan. The G&Os provide the over-arching themes for the Comp Plan, and guide zone changes and other land-use legislation at city hall. The G&Os drive zoning and planning policy in Lexington…which are the very building blocks of our community. To learn more, visit the 2012 Comprehensive Plan site.
The newly adopted Goals & Objectives specify no expansion of the Urban Service Boundary or Rural Activity Centers into more farmland for development. This measure will preserve our precious Bluegrass landscape in Fayette County, while also encouraging innovative development on roughly 12,000 acres of under-used, vacant, and blighted land inside our current city limits.
With the Goals and Objectives in place (click here to the finalized Goals & Objectives), our community has the opportunity grow in a way that creates a world-class city in a world-class landscape–by revitalizing our urban core, cleaning up our polluted waterways, improving neighborhoods, promoting greenways and parks, and saving our farms for local food, equine, and general agriculture. It’s a win-win for our quality of life, environment, and economy.
On the other hand, if we expand the Urban Services Area and Rural Activity Centers, the community stands to lose on several fronts …from paying increased sewer fees, to losing more Bluegrass farmland to unnecessary development.
Click Here to see our full position statement on this issue.
Click below to learn more about this on-going process:
2006 Comprehensive Plan Update
In 2006 the Planning Commission reviewed and updated the 2001 Comprehensive Plan, and this process occurs every five years. The Comprehensive Plan is a general, long-range document that assigns various land uses to property located throughout Fayette County. In essence, the Comprehensive Plan is a template for future zone changes and designations. Among other sources of information, the Planning Commission considers the content of past Comprehensive Plans and public comment in drafting the new Comprehensive Plan.
One of the primary issues that faced the Planning Commission during the 2006 Comprehensive Plan was whether to expand the Urban Service Area. All land within the urban service area is designated for industrial, commercial, and residential development. Most property outside of the Urban Service Area (the Rural Service Area) is designated for agricultural use only.
During the 2006 update the Planning Commission considered land proposals from private citizens requesting inclusion in the Urban Service Area. The subject land of these proposals was located in the rural areas of Fayette County- outside of the current Urban Service Boundary.
The Fayette Alliance opposed these proposals and any expansion of the Urban Service Area at this time because of our defunct infrastructure, the importance of our agricultural enterprises in Fayette County, the amount of vacant land within the current urban service area, and the need to revitalize our urban areas using innovative development practices. In light of the current facts, The Fayette Alliance believed that the Planning Commission should hold the line on expanding the Urban Service Area, and accommodate future growth using infill and re-development while creating affordable housing opportunities.
Indeed, the 2006 Comprehensive Plan and the question of urban expansion was essential to the future of Lexington-Fayette County.
Ultimately, after months of public hearings, the Planning Commission made the courageous decision not to expand the Urban Services Boundary at this time.