Protect Our Built Environment

Measure: Adopted District 8 Neighborhood Plans
Baseline: 5
Current Level: 5 (+7 in progress)
Goal Level: 15 by 2020

Want to help District 8 protect our built environment? 

Objective 10:  Fix Demolition Policy



Condition the demolition of historic buildings having economically feasible reuse potential on the approval of redevelopment plans and issuance of building permits. 

Why is this important?

It is important to prevent the demolition of irreplaceable buildings and this city has enough parking lots where iconic structures used to stand.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Introduce an ordinance amending demolition policy by the end of 2017.

COMPLETE (10/11/2018): My ordinance repealing and replacing LMCO Section 150.110 relating to wrecking or demolition of historic buildings or structures was signed into law on June 29, 2018.  A technical amendment limiting the scope of the exemption of Codes and Regulations demolitions passed on October 11, 2018. 

UPDATE (7/25/2019): Relating to this objective, on 7/25/2019 the Metro Council approved revisions and amendments to the Landmarks Ordinance, which I led as Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Landmarks. 

Objective 11:  Make Neighborhood Plans Count



Imbue neighborhood plans with the real force of law by systematically developing, adopting as part of Cornerstone 2040, using and reviewing them. 

Why is this important?

District 8 neighborhoods and home rule cities should guide their own spatial destinies.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Review, amend if necessary and readopt the Belknap, Bonnycastle, Deer Park, Highland-Douglass and Original Highlands Neighborhood Plans by June 30, 2018.  

COMPLETE (12/13/2018): All five plans were readopted and their executive summaries amended to Louisville's new Comprehensive Plan ("Plan 2040") on December 13, 2018. 

2. Develop and adopt new neighborhood plans by for the Cherokee Seneca, Cherokee Triangle,  Hawthorne, Seneca Vista, Tyler Park and Upper Highlands neighborhoods, and the cities of Kingsley, Seneca Gardens, Strathmoor Manor and Strathmoor Village by the end of 2020.

UPDATE (5/10/2019): In partnership with the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, District 26, District 9 and participating home rule cities, the Bowman Area Neighborhoods Plan is underway for Hawthorne, Kingsley, Seneca Gardens, Seneca Vista and Strathmoor Village.  

UPDATE (11/7/2019): In partnership with the Cherokee Triangle Association and Bonnycastle Homestead Association, plans for these neighborhoods are fully (match) funded and scheduled to begin in winter 2020. 

Objective 12:  Ensure Smart Redevelopment of the Urban Government Center   



Sponsor an urban intervention and design competition to help guide the future redevelopment of the Urban Government Center on Barret Avenue, following the examples of ReSurfaced and the River Metals Mediative Urbanism contest.  

Why is this important?

The fate of the Urban Government Center – though technically situated in District 4’s Paristown Pointe neighborhood – will have a very significant impact on the Original Highlands and, therefore, we need to be involved in the decision-making to lay out a clear vision of what we want that future to look like.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Coordinate an urban intervention and design competition by the end of 2017. 

Click here for information about the Urban Government Center redevelopment, including presentations and video from our April 17, 2017 event.

UPDATE (7/3/2018): City finalizes development agreement with The Marian Group for the redevelopment of the Urban Government Center site. 

Objective 13: Broaden the BROD



Extend the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue Overlay District south of Eastview Avenue, to the Watterson Expressway.  

Why is this important?

Good commercial corridor design shouldn’t stop in District 8 at the Belknap neighborhood. Our home rule cities and the Gardiner Lane neighborhood deserve guidelines in place to support the quality of their built environments, too.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Introduce an ordinance extending the BROD by the end of 2017.

UPDATE (10/6/2017): Originally scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017, this will now follow the Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road Safety-Focused Corridor Study, in 2019.

Objective 14:  Strengthen Neighborhood Cores and Define Their Edges   



Preserve the smaller single-family houses within District 8 residential cores, and encourage multi-family and mixed-use development activity along transit and commercial corridors. 

Why is this important?

Both smaller houses and transit-oriented development are important parts of good affordable housing policy and safeguarding neighborhood character.

What are we doing to accomplish this?

1. Request the Metro Urban Design team to prepare a report considering the designation of a District 8 American Small House preservation district by June 30, 2018.

UPDATE (11/15/2019): Discussions are ongoing. 

Relating to this objective, on 8/10/2017 the Metro Council adopted an ordinance I sponsored requiring conditional use permits for private institutional uses in single-family zoning districts (amended to correct technical errors on 6/26/2018).

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