Goal 17: Plan for Our Future
Complete community planning for short, mid, and long term initiatives and identify funding streams to achieve the vision.
One of our highest goals is to create a plan for a vibrant future. Funding this work and deconstructing it into key timeframes will make it possible.
Initiative Health: What are we doing to accomplish this?
Implement Vision Louisville, a 25 yr. visionary built environment plan for Louisville. http://visionlouisville.com
Phase 1 and 2 are complete. Project implementation (Phase 3) is on-going. Four short-term projects have been launched including Vacant Lot initiatives (Lots of Possibility), the Cultural Pass for kids, activation of the 4th Street corridor (SoBro ArtWalks) and Heritage Green Activity Park. The second year of the Cultural Pass for kids was completed in summer 2015 and has become an annual event. Two mid-term projects, West Louisville Food Port and Google Fiber, are under way. Several short-, mid- and long term projects are targeted to begin or launch in 2016 including Move Louisville (long term), the Bike Share program (short term), River Road extension, 9th Street improvements (mid term), a net-zero community on Barret Avenue (long term) and our first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor on Dixie Highway (mid term).
Complete and adopt MoveLouisville, a 25 yr. multi-modal plan for a connected network of high performance transit, streets and pedestrian/bike facilities. Read more here.
Move Louisville Update: Nelson Nygaard-led consultant team, along with Metro and TARC staff held a series of public meetings and presented the evaluations of more than 800 transportation projects. The projects were evaluated and ranked according to their impact on the project goals. The rankings and new system concept maps for each mode of travel were available on-line for public comment. A draft plan consisting of policy and project recommendations will be available for public comment in early 2016.
Dixie Highway Update: A TIGER Grant for Dixie Highway was awarded in November 2015. Louisville Metro will receive $16.9 million in federal funds, leveraging $11.5 million in state funds and $500,000 in local funds, to implement Louisville's first bus rapid transit line, install new sidewalks, build medians and install intelligent signal systems to improve mobility and safety on Dixie Highway between Broadway and I-265.
Bike Share Update: A business plan and operating pro forma for Bike Share have been finalized and funds have been designated for the program by the State; partnership and sponsorship materials have been prepared, sponsorship solicitations are underway, Metro is finalizing approvals with the State in preparation to formally accept funding.
Neighborhood Plans- The Highview Neighborhood Plan was adopted in November, 2015. Jacobs Neighborhood Plan was adopted in Fall, 2015. The Louisville Central Rail Corridor plan was completed in November 2015. The Parkland Neighborhood Plan is underway with public engagement. and a draft is expected in March 2016. Vision Russell, the Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan for the Russell neighborhood, is being developed in partnership with the Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA). A draft report will be produced in 2016 with final submittal early 2017. The Deer Park Neighborhood Plan was initiated in October 2015 and is scheduled for public engagement in 2016.
Corridor Studies- The first of five town centers, as part of the Dixie Highway Town Centers Project is complete at Lower Hunters Trace. The adoption process is being evaluated as part of the recent Dixie Highway TIGER award. Public engagement for Town Center 2 at Crums Lane is underway. Engagement and participation by retail anchors and property owners will be key to future success.
Streetscape projects: 4th St Corridor- A $1.5M TAP Grant with $500,000 in local funds was awarded to Louisville Metro to improve the Streetscape on South 4th Street between Chestnut and Broadway. Work is expected to begin in 2016. An Urban Walking tour "app" is being developed in collaboration with Urban Design Studio/U of L students. 'Pop up' retail is being investigated along 4th and Oak, and implementation strategies are being developed. East Market Streetscape Plan - The planning phase is complete, and construction drawings are being prepared for implementation. Oak Street Streetscape - Improvements such as new sidewalks, street trees and green infrastructure have been made on the section between Garvin Place and 3rd Street. Streetscape improvements will be extended to 5th Street and past 3rd Street in 2016.
Housing Incentives - We have initiated a coordinated, cross-departmental and holistic development approach and compiling a complete list of available land and incentives to facilitate redevelopment in downtown and connected neighborhoods as part of the Downtown Master Plan. A number of out of town developers have acquired property with multi-family, mixed-use projects in the works. Metro has begun use of property tax increment incentive to support these projects where necessary.
When completed, the Louisville Loop will circle Louisville with an approximately 113-mile shared use path. To date, 40.55 miles have been completed with 8.5 more miles expected to be open to the public in 2016. An additional 15 miles of existing connecting paths and alternative routes have been identified as part of the Loop system.
Progress to complete the Louisville Loop was made during 2015. Construction on the 2.7 mile Ohio River Levee Trail Extension was completed. Planning for the final section of the Loop between Downtown and Prospect started in early 2015. Alternatives for this section of the Louisville Loop are being explored with the public. Design for approximately 22 miles of the Loop continued in 2015. It is expected that several segments, including the west segment of the Middletown-Eastwood Trail and McNeely Lake Park will have a completed design by the end of 2016. Additional segments, including the remainder of the Middletown-Eastwood Trail, Algonquin and Southern Parkways, Jefferson Memorial Forest/Pond Creek, and Campground Road will have completed design by mid-2017.
A design to extend River Road west of 7th Street will begin in 2016. The Conceptual Master Plan for Phase 4 of Waterfront Park is completed, with exploration of funding and land acquisition underway. A feasibility study for removal and/or redesign of the 9th Street ramps also will begin in 2016. A project to improve lighting and pedestrian connectivity on Main Street, under the 9th Street ramps, will begin in 2016.