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SRA 2019-1: Amendment to Article 6: Sidewalks and Shared Use Paths

UPDATE: On October 10, 2019, the Council approved the proposed update to the Subdivision Regulations discussed below. The Division of Engineering published Standard Drawing and Roadway Manual updates reflecting those changes last week, and pursuant to questions regarding the effective date of said changes, it has been determined that the requirements will apply to any development plans filed with the Division of Planning after November 1, 2019.
Fayette Alliance looks forward to seeing these changes being implemented in future projects and the many benefits they will have, both directly and indirectly, on making Lexington a great city in which to live, work and play.

The purpose of these amendments are to update our current ordinance regulations to expand sidewalk width requirements, require appropriate bicycle facilities and shared use paths in the right of way, all in order to diversify transit options, prioritize pedestrian-first design, and achieve an effective transportation system.  These goals were identified in Theme D, Goal #1 of the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, and these amendments are part of Planning Staff’s comprehensive effort to put our Plan into action.

These amendments are necessary in order to make our ordinance compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Design Guidelines and the US Access Board’s standards for public right-of-way access. In addition to putting us into state and federal compliance, the effects of these amendments have significant positive impacts on our community. Policies promoting walkability make our community for people instead of just for cars, promote economic development and improve our quality life.

Fayette Alliance supported these amendments, which were approved by Planning Commission in August.

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