CPA 2.0

Citizen’s Planning Academy Education
and Networking Events

We created Citizens’ Planning Academy (CPA) 2.0 to highlight and explore local issues and resources related to land use planning and our community’s economic development, environment and quality of life, outside of our annual, 4 week Citizens’ Planning Academy course. Open to anyone and everyone, we invite you to join us to hear from local experts on local topics related to how we live, work, and play in Lexington-Fayette County.


CPA 2.0 Growing Our City: Affordable Housing
November 17, 2020
Elisa Bruce, REACH, Director of Housing Education and Counseling
Justin Kirchner, Lexington Community Land Trust, Director of Homeownership

Equal access to housing is a fundamental civil right and is critical to many individual and community social outcomes from economic prosperity to social equity. Access to housing is a goal that government, public officials, and private citizens must embrace if housing access is to become a reality.

In many areas across the U.S., a primary obstacle to housing is a relative absence of affordable and diverse housing for all types of families at different income levels close to where people work and play. Often, public policies implemented in cities can contribute to the lack of affordable housing, along with pushback from the community due to myths around diverse, mixed income neighborhoods. 

Watch this recording to better understand the barriers to increasing affordable housing in Lexington-Fayette County and how the Lexington Community Land Trust and REACH are working to fight these barriers.

View Affordable Housing Recording

CPA 2.0 Growing Our City: Food Insecurity
September 22, 2020
Kristin Hughes, Community Education & Outreach Director, FoodChain Lex
Christine Smith, Executive Director, Seedleaf Lexington

Join Fayette Alliance as we discuss food insecurity in Lexington-Fayette County, particularly how it has been exacerbated by COVID-19 with the largest impacts on marginalized communities. We will hear how urban agriculture and traditional agriculture can play a major role in addressing our city’s food insecurity. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the work that Seedleaf and FoodChain are doing to support our community as a whole, particularly their work in alleviating food insecurity for young people, their families, and marginalized communities. Finally, we will discuss how to support these organizations and ongoing work that can be done around this issue.

View Food Insecurity Recording

CPA 2.0 Promoting Our Farms: Urban Agriculture
April 2020
Andrew and Reva Russell English, North Farm

COVID-19 has changed the way we live our daily lives, exposing and highlighting gaps in basic needs we need to address but also opportunities for our local community to come together to support our neighbors.
Agriculture is a significant part of our local economy, to the tune of $2.3 billion per year, as well as our identity and quality of life. A lesser known form of farming happens right here in Lexington’s urban core. Hear from Andrew and Reva Russell English who raise vegetables, herbs, and fruit at North Farm, in the heart of the Northside of downtown Lexington.
This crisis has created (and exacerbated) local food insecurity and exposed potential food supply chain issues with nationwide impacts. Looking to our local food supply and supporting our local farmers are important ways our community can talk about and support these local businesses, as well as the business of agriculture in the broader scope of our local economy.
View Urban Agriculture Recording

CPA 2.0 Responsible Infrastructure: Sewers and Water Quality
February 2020
Nick Ryan’s Happy Hour
Charles Martin, Director of the Division of Water Quality, spoke around the EPA Consent Decree and an update on road closures.

CPA 2.0 Planning 101: Exploring Placebuilder
Monday, October 14, 2019
5-6:30 PM
Blue Stallion Brewing Co.

Thank you to everyone that joined Fayette Alliance at Blue Stallion Brewing Co. for a discussion of how the 2018 Comprehensive Plan is being implemented in Lexington and Placebuilder, a framework within the 2018 Comprehensive Plan for applicants, Planning Staff, community stakeholders, Planning Commission, and the Council to evaluate whether or not development proposals are in agreement with the Plan. Chris Taylor from LFUCG Long Range Planning presented Placebuilder and answered questions about its implementation. This was a part of the Mission Monday program at Blue Stallion where 10% of taproom sales were donated to Fayette Alliance’s Citizens’ Planning Academy.

Comprehensive Plan Info Sheet

Placebuilder Info Sheet