Built and Natural Environment

Summer Louisville Skyline with Bridges

Louisville must strengthen its built and natural environment to promote health and well-being and prepare for future shocks. The importance of this mission is only made more critical in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated already poor health disparities and inadequate economic systems, and in order to make Louisville a more equitable city for all.


The Built and Natural Environment Focus Area Team had its first meeting on Thursday, July 16, 2020. Review the materials from that meeting here:



Breakout Group Notes

Zoom Meeting Recording         


The second meeting was on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Review the materials from that meeting here:


Breakout Group Notes

Audio Recording of Meeting


If you would like to be part of the team and participate in the next meeting, please contact Lena Muldoon here.


The Built and Natural Environment Focus Area Team work will be built on the foundation already established in existing plans, which can be found below. This team will be tasked with reviewing these existing plans and evaluating how those may need to be adjusted or accelerated in light of the pandemic.

Among the questions that the focus area team will consider are:

  • Do these plans still reflect what we want to become as a city?
  • What can be accomplished in 2020 and 2021?
  • What long-term plans still make sense?
  • How can we accelerate and/or implement sustainability measures? What will it cost?
  • What public transportation do we need in the future, and how do mitigate the impact of near-term cuts and route changes?
  • What temporary policy or procedural changes should be made permanent?
  • What housing and vacant property resources do we need?
  • What should we advocate for on the federal level that will best serve Louisville?

Recommended performance indicators may include existing metrics that are laid out in the relevant plans and analysis of how infrastructure is impacted as we adapt and shape the new normal.


Louisville has a wide variety of existing plans related to the built and natural environment that the team will use as a foundation for their work. The executive summaries of each of these plans and more information about each individual plan can be found below.




Louisville Metro Plans

Vision Louisville          Plan 2040          Resilient Louisville          Prepare Louisville          Move Louisville          Sustain Louisville         

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan          Healthy Louisville 2025          Health Equity Report         

Urban Heat Management Study         Urban Tree Canopy Assessment          

Other Plans

MTP 2020 Regional Metropolitan Transportation Plan          MSD Critical Repair and Investment Plan         

West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative          Louisville ECHO Initiative          TARC's Comprehensive Operations Analysis


Articles of Interest

How COVID-19 is Spurring Urban Innovation (Livable Cities)

James Garrett Jr. Lists Actions for Architects, Institutions, and Business Owners to Combat Systemic Racism (Architect Magazine)

As Post-COVID Smalll Businesses Struggle, ACU's Offer a Viable Solution (Neighborhood Workshop)

Connecting in the Commons: Sustaining Summer in the Face of a Pandemic, Part 1 (Medium - Reimagining the Civic Commons)