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Fayette Alliance is proud to present the Citizen’s Planning Academy, a 5-week course that will educate and engage citizens of Fayette County on the importance of land-use planning, and its relationship to economic development, the environment, and quality-of-life issues in our community.

Mondays, 6-8 pm:
March – 6, 13, 20, 27
April – 3

All classes will be held at Red Mile

–Registration for this series is now closed–

A special thanks to our sponsors:



Date Class Topic
Planning 101

History of Planning in Lexington
Jim Duncan, LFUCG Director of Planning
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Population & Planning
Matt Ruther, Director of the Kentucky Data Center
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The Environment & Public Greenspace

The EPA Consent Decree
Charles Martin, LFUCG Director of Water Quality & Jennifer Carey, LFUCG MS4 Coordinator
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Town Branch Commons
Jeff Fugate, Downtown Development Authority President and COO & Jonathan Hollinger, Office of the Mayor Director of Project Management
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Panel Discussion: Planning for Sustainable Growth

Moderator: Tom Eblen, Lexington Herald-Leader
Panelists: Holly Wiedemann, AU Associates; Mike Sewell, Gresham Smith & Partners; Chip Crawford, Crawford Builders; Rick McQuady, LFUCG Affordable Housing Trust Fund; and Tim Haymaker, Building Industrial Association of Central Kentucky

Panel Discussion: Economic Development & Land Use

Moderator: Stan Harvey, Lord Aeck Sargent
Panelists: Rebecca Burnworth, Burnworth Design; Grant Phelps, NoLi Community Development Corporation; Todd Clark, Clark Farms; and Gina Greathouse, Commerce Lexington

Panel Discussion: Comprehensive Plan

Moderator: Lynn Roche Phillips, UK Department of Geography
Panelists: Don Robinson, Winter Quarter Farm; Gloria Martin, Former Councilmember; Chis Woodall, LFUCG Director of Long Range Planning; Walt Gaffield, President of the Fayette County Neighborhood Council; Scott Thompson, LFUCG Bike & Pedestrian Coordinator