Planning & Development

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.

Zoning Ordinance

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.

2016 - 2017 Update - The Lexington Planning Commission and Staff are examining the Zoning Ordinance for an update to occur in 2016 - 2017 using two tools: Zoning Use Matrix and Draft Definitions.

Flood Maps

Should you need information about flood maps, please visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website. There is a tutorial available, as well as the flood maps for Lexington.

Code Enforcement

The department enforces all building and property maintenance codes which includes reviewing plans and specifications for proposed construction, issuing permits, and conducting required inspections.

Housing Programs

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. 

Boards & Commissions

The Planning and Development Department provides staff support to the following boards and commissions: