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Productive Rural Areas: Preserving What Makes Lexington Unique

Sustainable Lexington, one of the most visible results produced from the urban service boundary, exemplifies the unique character of the county and is one of the major draws for residents and tourists alike. This charm, this atmosphere—whatever you might call it—is centered on the natural environment around us and the abundance it produces for the...

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Climate Change and Land Use

Thoughtful Land Use Provides Tactics To Tackle Climate Change

Thanks to the Urban Service Boundary (USB), Lexington-Fayette County’s decades-long tradition of protecting and preserving our farmland provides a pathway forward for fighting climate change. No one had heard of the phrase “climate change” in 1958 when the USB was created to distinguish between Lexington-Fayette County’s lush farmland and our urban areas designated for development....

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Urban Service Boundary

The Future of Lexington-Fayette County: Bringing the 2045 Comprehensive Plan Into Focus

The creation of the Lexington-Fayette County Urban Service Boundary in 1958 established a blueprint for growth in this area of the Bluegrass region. This initiative aimed to stop unchecked urban and suburban sprawl, manage infrastructure costs, and to maintain the thriving rural business and residential communities that make up the areas surrounding Lexington. Over the...

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Urban Service Boundary

10 FAQs About the Lexington Urban Service Boundary

The Lexington Urban Service Boundary, although frequently debated, is often misunderstood. It’s part of our mission to educate the community about how and why smart growth improves the quality of life for all residents. Here are 10 frequently asked questions about the Lexington Urban Service Boundary.   1. What is the Urban Service Boundary? First implemented...

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Street Patterns and Zoning Notifications

Street Patterns As we continue to grow our city and encourage new development for more Affordable housing, complete neighborhoods, expanded access to transportation options, and greater access to amenities nearby, the way we design our streets is paramount to our community members’ quality of life. We know from the Lexington Sustainable Growth Study that we...

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2017 LBAR Study on Lexington’s Land-Use Policies

In 2017, the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors (LBAR) funded a research study by the University of Kentucky to look at how Lexington’s land-use policies, including our Urban Services Boundary (USB), affect our growth – from their impacts on housing prices to jobs to city revenue. Here’s a summary of what the research found: Lexington’s land-use policies...

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Creating a Neighborhood Association

A neighborhood association is a group of homeowners, renters, apartment dwellers, and representatives from neighborhood businesses, churches, and schools who organize to improve conditions in the neighborhood. When you start a neighborhood association, the people in your neighborhood get a chance to decide what needs to be done and work together to make it happen....

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Implications of Shifting Demographics on Housing Needs

Fayette Alliance partnered with other community stakeholders and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County government to commission a housing market demand study as part of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan update. To plan responsibly for our future growth, it is important to understand recent trends and demographic projections. The study projected our housing needs for the ten-year period...

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