The Lexington Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on September 10, 2020 to consider the proposed, updated Lexington Comprehensive Plan 2040. The draft Lexington Comprehensive Plan can be viewed here and the intent of the public hearing is to allow persons to present their views in response to the proposed draft Lexington Comprehensive Plan 2040.
The Planning Commission public hearing will begin at 5:00 p.m. on September 10, 2020 and will be held through the ZOOM meeting app due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to provide your comments live during the advertised public hearing, you must register your attendance by 3:00 p.m. on September 10, 2020 with Bonnie Tombarge (firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.462.3704) in order to receive an email invitation to the public hearing. The public hearing will be broadcast live to the City’s Facebook page, recorded, and then uploaded to the City’s Youtube channel for viewing.
The Lexington Planning Commission has led the charge over the past two years to draft a complete update of the Lexington Comprehensive Plan. This plan is ultimately the community’s plan and a virtual public forum was held on June 16, 2020 to provide the public an overview of the draft Comprehensive plan. The virtual public forum can be viewed on the City's Facebook page and also on the City's Youtube channel. The public was encouraged to ask questions during the virtual public forum and public comments submitted to the Planning Department are included in the comment tracker.
Due to comments received, the Planning Commission decided to revise portions of the Historic Resources chapter and that revised chapter dated July 2, 2020 is also posted to the City's website for public review and comment.
The appendices of the draft Lexington Comprehensive Plan can be found in a separate document and these appendices will be reformatted to match the remainder of the draft Comprehensive Plan.
In early 2018, Lexington began the updating the Comprehensive Plan, a process that will consist of many public meetings and require ample public input over the next year and a half or longer (as long as it takes!).
What is the Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan is Lexington's most important document regarding growth, development, and change. It establishes government policy to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use and resource utilization. The Comprehensive Plan is the basis for land development regulations and decisions (rezonings, conditional use permits), capital improvements (schools, parks, libraries), transportation, environmental and historic resource protection initiatives.
Why should I care?
The policies and implementation strategies in the Comprehensive Plan ultimately impact your day-to-day experience in the community. The plan informs our future mobility and travel options, what new development should look like, and how we interact with our social, economic, and natural environments. Whether you love Lexington just as it is, or feel we need change, sharing your voice in the Comprehensive Plan process is one of the most direct ways to influence the future of the community.
Who decides what goes into the Comprehensive Plan?
The policies and recommendations in the Comprehensive Plan are based on input from the community and City staff. Staff and Planning Commission have spent many hours facilitating conversations, collecting data, and working to understand important issues and shared priorities over the past year. The draft content of the plan is being prepared by City staff and a consultant. Planning Commission plays an integral part of the review process and will later recommend a final draft to City Council for formal adoption.
In the summer of 2018, residents, business owners, property owners, and other stakeholders were invited to fill out our Community Survey. See the results here. In order for the updated Comprehensive Plan to reflect resident and stakeholder wants and needs, the City must collect input. Data collected with the survey will be used anonymously to help structure and prioritize goals of the Comprehensive Plan, and in turn, define Lexington's future for land use and development.
Community Ideas Board
Have a topic or idea that you would like to see addressed in the Comprehensive Plan? Submit your own idea using this form --> click here for the form. Click the board below to see ideas that have been submitted so far.
What's happened so far?
Vision and Principles
History and Demographics
Green Infrastructure Focus Group
Arts & Culture
Governance & Implementation
How can I follow the process and get involved?
Have a question? Want to suggest an idea? Call or email us!
Planning and Development Department:
Planning Director: Arne Glaeser, email@example.com
Administrative Assistant: Bonnie Tombarge, firstname.lastname@example.org