As Vote Nears, Contact Council!
The journey to update the Comprehensive Plan for Lexington-Fayette County is not over yet. Your voice is more important than ever!
We are close to the adoption of the Goal & Objectives for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan update–but we’re not there yet, and we need your help. This is a long and confusing process, but it’s more important than ever for you to contact councilmembers today.
Tuesday, the Council took an initial vote, and voted by a narrow 8-7 margin to maintain the current Urban Services Boundary and approve the other Goals & Objectives as previously passed by the Planning Commission. But, this is not the final vote–until the final vote, changes can be made. That is why it is critical for you to continue to share your voice with council!
We need YOU to contact Councilmembers today and urge them to adopt the Goals & Objectives as passed by the Planning Commission, including no expansion of the Urban Services Boundary.
There are two more steps in the process. Before becoming final, the Goals & Objectives have to go through two “readings” by the Council. The first reading will be this Thursday, November 9th at 6 PM in Council Chambers at the Government Center (200 E. Main St.). The second reading and final vote will be at the Council meeting on Thursday, November 16th at 6 PM at the Government Center.
Despite the objective data, recommendation of the Planning Commission, Planning staff, and the overwhelming desire of our community, seven Councilmembers voted in favor of expansion. This is too close for comfort.
Please find below a breakdown of the initial vote by councilmembers. We also provide contacts for councilmembers and suggested emails, tweets and Facebook messages.
BREAKDOWN OF VOTE BY COUNCILMEMBER
Eight Councilmembers who did the right thing and voted for Goals & Objectives as passed by Planning Commission, including no expansion:
- Vice Mayor Steve Kay
- Joe Smith, 2nd District
- Jake Gibbs, 3rd District
- Susan Lamb, 4th District
- Angela Evans, 6th District
- Jennier Mossotti, 9th District
- Peggy Henson, 11th District
- Kathy Plomin, 12th District
Seven councilmembers who voted against the Planning Commission and in favor of expansion:
- Kevin Stinnett, at-large
- Richard Moloney, at-large
- James Brown, 1st District
- Bill Farmer, 5th District
- Jennifer Scutchfield, 7th District
- Fred Brown, 8th District
- Amanda Bledsoe, 10th District
Council Contact Information:
“The Goals & Objectives passed by the Planning Commission lay out an innovative and achievable vision for our community. Maintaining the current Urban Services Boundary and Rural Activity Centers is the key to achieving that vision. We need a long-range plan that focuses on intentional development that enhances and respects the character of our great neighborhoods. We need to properly maintain and improve our existing infrastructure to increase our quality of life. The Planning Commission’s Goals & Objectives put us on the right path. I urge you to adopt them as passed.“
Suggested Twitter/Facebook Message:
@INSERTHANDLE I support the Goals & Objectives passed by the Planning Commission including no expansion. Please adopt them as passed! #GrowSmart #SharetheLex