About the Office of Planning

The Office of Planning oversees both land use planning and long-range neighborhood and transportation planning that directs the economic and physical development of Louisville-Jefferson County. The Office’s mission is to ensure the prosperity, health, safety, sustainability, and general welfare of the community.

The Office is responsible for administering the policies, programs and regulations that guide Metro’s development. Responsibilities include development plan review, overseeing design overlays and historic preservation programs, and advising the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission, and Design Overlay Committees on decisions affecting land use and the built environment. It is also responsible for maintaining and monitoring compliance with the Land Development Code.

The team carries out strategic, long- and short-term planning initiatives focused on neighborhoods, multi-modal corridors, and brownfields. The department specializes in collaborating closely with the community, as well as cross-departmentally, in planning for future growth and development within Louisville Metro. Initiatives such as Vision Louisville, a creative visioning process to inspire big ideas for the future; Move Louisville, the city's long range multi-modal strategic plan; and Plan 2040, the city's recent Comprehensive Plan are all led by the office. Guided by the CHASE principles set out in the Comprehensive Plan: Connectivity, Health, Authenticity, Sustainability and Equity, the office works to advance the vision for the city's future.

We are located in the Metro Development Center at 444 S. 5th St., Louisville, KY 40202.

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