The Department of Planning and Development assures that development within the city respects and promotes the heritage, appearance, and exceptional quality of life in the City of Lexington.
The department is responsible for planning for the city, including preparing and updating the Comprehensive Plan, as well as preparing special planning studies such as the Master Plan for Jordan's Point Park, the action plan for restoration of Wood's Creek, and the plan for the renovation of the city's entrance corridors.
The department is also responsible for developing, amending, and enforcing the Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 420, and subdivision regulations (including updating the zoning map). This includes coordinating site plan reviews, conditional use permit requests, design review, and rezoning requests.
The department enforces all building and property maintenance codes which includes reviewing plans and specifications for proposed construction, issuing permits, and conducting required inspections.
The department also manages the city's housing programs. This includes writing and administering grants from federal and state agencies with the emphasis on housing related issues, including affordable housing. Currently, the department is administering the City’s homeownership initiative: Thompson’s Knoll Mixed-Income, Green Housing Production Program.
Boards & Commissions
The Planning and Development Department provides staff support to the following boards and commissions: