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Planning and Design Newsroom 

Planning & Design Introduce Shortened Review Process Timeline

Thursday November 7, 2013

Timeline being reduced by a minimum of 20%

LOUISVILLE – A new procedure being implemented by the Division of Planning and Design (PDS) will shorten the amount of time between when an application is submitted and when the public meeting is held. This will benefit both developers and homeowners by bringing them together earlier in the process.

The new process, which goes into effect November 11, will reduce initial agency review cycles from 28 to 14 days, with all other agency reviews being reduced from 14 to 7 days. Once the review has been completed, the public will be notified of the meeting date. The number of days required for public notice will remain the same. As always, the applicant is encouraged to notify adjacent property owners and the neighborhood of their plans as early as possible.

“Our goal is to improve customer service and become more competitive with our peer cities,” said Emily Liu, Director of Planning and Design Services. “I believe these are the improvements that will take Planning and Design to the next level.” This improvement will affect over 1,100 cases annually with over 11,000 notices being sent to the citizens of Louisville Metro.

Along with streamlining the review process, Planning and Design has also shortened all 46 applications by an overall length of 50% and given them a more unified look. The new applications will be available online as early as November 11. Visitors to the PDS website will notice new user-friendly features, such as fillable Word documents which allow the applicant to fill out the application and save to their own computer to revisit later.

To view and download new applications or learn more about the agency review process, please visit our updated website at