To support the activities on a piece a property there are a variety of structures and services that must be in place and referred to as “infrastructure.” Infrastructure items include utilities such as electric, gas, sewer and water as well as roads and sidewalks. Services include public transportation, fire and police protection. When introducing a new use to a site, the infrastructure needs to be there to support it.
- Storm drainge and sewer
- Solar panels
- Roads & Sidewalks
- Street Trees
- Fire Protection Services
Storm drainage and sewer
These are regulated by the Metropolitan Sewer District. With regard to storm drainage they will be concerned with onsite storm water retention and system drainage design. Sewer service may be re-using an existing line or installing a new line from the project and tapping into the existing sewer line, usually in the street. Particular care should be given to projects in the floodplain- there are additional regulations that apply that may limit what can be done on a site in a floodplain. MSD also handles systems that treat waste prior to entering the system, such as grease traps associated with restaurants.
Louisville Metro supports premium access across the community including recent online capacity and access. You will need to check with individual providers as to the level of their access to a specific project site.
Contact LG&E for gas and/or electric service available to a site. A new use may require additional energy service.
Solar panels and associated systems are becoming more powerful and price competitive. Additionally, some tenants or clients may place a value on alternative energy sources. These usually require an electrical permit from the Office of Construction Review, as well as a building permit if placed on a building. Systems that connect to the regular power grid will need to be coordinated with LG&E. The staff of the Office of Sustainability can also be of assistance in your solar project: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/sustainability/installing-solar-loui...
Roads & Sidewalks
Most sites, particularly those associated with redevelopment are currently served by roads and sidewalks, also referred to as the public “Right of Way.” However there may be instances where repair is needed or improvement is needed to accommodate a new project. This could also include signage that extends out over the sidewalk, or sidewalk dining. Where interaction with the public Right of Way is needed, contact the Department of Public Works.
In addition to the many natural benefits of trees, street trees add vibrancy and interest to a development site and neighborhood. Street trees (those trees planted in the public Right of Way, usually along sidewalks and roadways) are regulated to ensure that the size and species is appropriate to the location. Incorrectly selected trees can block sidewalks or interfere with overhead power lines for example. To learn more about Street Trees and to obtain proper approvals and permits, check in with the Division of Community Forestry.
Water supply is always provided by the Louisville Water Company. Most redevelopment sites usually already have water service, however a new use or occupancy may require more water supply, or placed in a different location. Contact the Louisville Water Company for more information.
Fire Protection Services
Most sites in the old City (also referred to as the Urban Services District) are currently served by the Louisville Fire Department for existing building inspections and fire protection services. Their website here: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/fire. Beyond the Urban Services District there are a number of Suburban Fire Districts that serve the Metro. Touching base with these agencies is always recommended, particularly if a project involves a change of use of occupancy on a property.
To find out about bus routes and/or find information about bus shelters and stops, please visit the Transit Authority of River City (TARC). Louisville bike share system, LouVelo, is now open for riders. Stations are currently located in Downtown, NuLu, Medical District, NuLu, and Butchertown. Potential plans for expanasion would take place in the Highlands, Russell and in the University of Louisville's campus. For a map of the station, please visit www.louvelo.com. For update's on the city of Louisville's bike infrastrucutre, please visit Bike Louisville.