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Land Development Code

The Land Development Code is a regulatory document that has been created to implement the goals and objectives within the Cornerstone 2020 Comprehensive Plan. The Land Development Code, adopted in 2003 with major revisions in 2004 and 2006, contains several requirements related to zoning, form districts, land use, building & site design, transportation, landscaping and signage. 

1st through 4th class cities in Kentucky have their own zoning authority, meaning they can choose which versions or sections of the LDC to adopt. Louisville-Jefferson County has 12 such cities, including Louisville Metro. The LDC in effect for each jurisdiction can be found below, together with any revisions or amendments that have been made and that are in effect in that specific jurisdiction. 

The Land Development Code Improvement Committee consists of Louisville Metro Government staff, representatives from the development industry, representatives from neighborhood groups, as well as other organizations and citizen groups. The LDC Committee meets regularly to identify ways to update and simplify the Land Development Code, which was adopted in 2003 with major revisions in 2004 and 2006. 

Louisville Metro

Uncodified LDC Amendments 
Ordinance Effective Date LDC Provisions Amended

Summary of Substantive Changes



Sections 5.3.4.D.5, 5.3.5.C.4, 5.5.2.C.1, 5.5.2.C.2, 5.5.4.A.2, 10.2.16, 5.6.2.G.1, 5.8.1.B, Appendix 6A - 1.3.C.2.b, Table 8.3.2 (TNFD), 9.1.14.A, and 9.1.13.B.1

Requires a 6’ sidewalk where no verge exists. Adds liquor stores and other uses not listed to the drive-through queuing table. Provides parking lot length and aisle width for compact parking spaces.  



Sections 1.2.2, 4.4.9, 5.5.1.A.4.a, 5.5.2.B.2, 5.5.5, 10.2.6, 9.1.2, 9.1.17.A.5, 9.1.17.B, 9.1.17.B.2.b, 9.1.18.B.2, Appendix 9A, 11.1.2.B.2.d, 11.4.3, 11.4.7.E.1, 11.6.5, 11.8.8 and Appendix 11A

Provides a definition and clarifies requirements for refuse containers. Sets the earliest time possible to have a night neighborhood meeting.  Empowers the Planning Director to waive a requirement when two requirements are in conflict with one another, subject to criteria.



Sections 1.2.2, 4.8.5.B.2, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.2.7.A, 6.2.8 Illustrations #3, 6.2.8 Illustrations #5, Chapter 10 Part 2 Intent language, 10.2.4.A, 10.2.8.A, 10.2.11, 10.2.12, 10.3.7.A.1.12, 10.4.1, 10.4.2, 10.4.3, 10.4.4, 10.4.13, 10.5.2 and Appendix 10A 

Provides definitions, intent statements and standards related to green management practices.



Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10

Provides standards for measuring an oddly shaped lot. Differentiates between an accessory structure attached to the principal by an enclosure vs. by a breezeway. Brings definitions for perennial and intermittent streams in line with USGS definitions. Modernizes mobile home and manufactured home definitions. Provides a definition for a finished attic. Prohibits exterior construction activity at night for nonresidential properties near residences. Provides fence height standards. Changes the way sign area is measured.



Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8

Requires outdoor amenities in all form districts, rather than a limited number. Provides a definition for the word demolition. Prohibits changing images signs within 300 feet of an Olmsted Park or Parkway.



Sections 5.1.7, 5.1.10, 5.5.1 and 5.7.1

Modifies gas pump setback standards.



Sections 1.2.2, 2.4.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4, 2.5.1, 2.6.4, and 2.6.5

Modifies definition of restaurant.  Adds liquor stores a permitted use in C-1 and C-2.  Adds bar as a permitted use in C-2.  Clarifies that outdoor sales, display, and storage associated with a contractor’s shop is not permitted in C-2 or M-1.


2nd, 3rd and 4th Class Cities with Zoning Authority

Jurisdiction Land Development Code,
Amendments and Revisions
Anchorage Development Code
Douglass Hills Land Development Code
Graymoor-Devondale                 Land Development Code
     •  Revisions to the LDC
Hurstbourne Land Development Code
     •  Revisions to the LDC
Indian Hills Development Code
Jeffersontown Land Development Code
     •  Revisions to the LDC
Lyndon Land Development Code
     •  Amendment of Chapter 2, Part 5
     •  Amendment of Chapter 4, Part 2
Middletown Land Development Code
     •  Revisions to Chapter 5
     •  Revisions to the LDC
Prospect Land Development Code
     •  Amendments to the LDC
Shively Land Development Code
     •  Revisions to the LDC
St. Matthews Development Code
     •  Revisions to Chapter 9: Parking and Loading Standards
     •  Amendment to Ordinance 91-12, Section D(4)   
     •  Article 11 Sign Ordinance 
St. Regis Park Land Development Code