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Smart Growth Ambassadors

  Smart Growth Ambassadors We are excited to be hosting our second Smart Growth Ambassadors of 2023. ūüćĀ Smart Growth Ambassadors: Policy & Pints will be held in partnership with¬†West Sixth Brewing¬†on¬†Tuesday,¬†October 10¬†from¬†5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Are you interested in learning about smart, sustainable growth? Do you have input on how our city uses our...

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Soccer Development Updates

Soccer Development Updates The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing this week on Thurs., Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the LFUC Government Center, 200 E. Main St., Lexington KY.  The purpose of the meeting is to decide on a zoning change for a parcel of land located at 5380 and 5354...

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Here’s the Dirt on How We Can Protect our Special Soils and Environment

  All Lexingtonians know that our region is home to legendary farmland. Fayette County and the Bluegrass Region is world-renowned for its horse farms, thriving agricultural crops, and bourbon production. None of these remarkable features would be possible without the nationally significant, prime soils that underly our area‚Äôs farms. Importantly, this soil is a major...

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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‚Äôs decades-long tradition of protecting and preserving our farmland provides a pathway forward for fighting climate change. No one had heard of the phrase ‚Äúclimate change‚ÄĚ in 1958 when the USB was created to distinguish between Lexington-Fayette County‚Äôs lush farmland and our urban areas designated for development....

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Micro-Distilleries in the Ag-Rural Zone

Micro-Distilleries in the Ag-Rural Zone Tomorrow, August 25th at 1:30pm, Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment (ZOTA) to permit a small farm micro-distillery as a conditional use in the Agricultural-Rural (A-R) zone. In addition to a distilling operation, limited to 1,000 gallons of spirits, they would be permitted...

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infill and redevelopment lexington ky

Infill and Redevelopment Creates More Housing Choices in Lexington

A shortage of affordable housing is approaching a crisis across the US for many low to middle-income residents.  Housing is defined as affordable when the occupant is paying no more than 30 percent of their gross income for housing costs. City and county governments, city planners, and policymakers are painfully aware that the limited housing...

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Housing & Jobs in Lexington

Lexington’s Urban Service Boundary (USB) is a nuanced topic, complicated by many variables. The most discussed consideration is the implication of the USB on the housing market. Is the USB limiting growth in Lexington? Will expanding the boundary solve that problem? These are important questions, but they aren’t the only questions we need to consider....

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Thinking Outside the Box About Affordable Housing

Experts agree that the housing shortage in Lexington‚ÄĒand across the country‚ÄĒis primarily due to a lack of affordable, attainable housing. Proponents of expanding the Lexington Urban Service Boundary (USB) often want to claim more of Lexington‚Äôs productive farmland to build single-family detached housing, the sort of sprawling suburbs found in areas around Hamburg and off...

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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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Urban Service Boundary

The Urban Service Boundary and the Future of Lexington-Fayette County

If you asked ten people what makes Lexington-Fayette County such a special place, you might receive ten different answers. It’s bourbon country, horse country, home to great industries and educational institutions. Like any good bourbon, Lexington’s distinct appeal comes from its blend and balance, which is largely supported by a unique feature: the Urban Service...

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