Floyds Fork DRO

MARCH 7, 2024 UPDATE

The latest draft of the proposed Floyds Fork Special Zoning Overlay District is now available.

PROPOSED FLOYDS FORK REGULATIONS DRAFT - MARCH 7, 2024

The draft that will be presented to the Planning Commission is attached. This meeting will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2024 in the Old Jail Auditorium, 514 W. Liberty Street, Louisville. The meeting starts at 1:00 pm; however, there are a number of cases that the Planning Commission will hear before we begin this case, so it is recommended to not arrive before 3:00 pm. If by chance the Planning Commission finishes its other business before 3:00, they will take a recess until that time.

Here are the procedures for the hearing.

  1. Staff will present this draft. The Chair has tasked staff with discussing what changes have been made since the January meeting, why these changes were made, and discuss why some proposed changes may not have been included in this draft.
  2. After the January Planning Commission, three alternative drafts were presented to staff, and the subsequent community meetings have focused on discussing the recommendations in these drafts (commonly referred to as the Red, Blue and Green drafts). The Planning Commission has determined that the primary author (or authors) of each of these three drafts will each be given 20 minutes to speak to the new draft and/or explain why any sections of their draft may be more appropriate (so 20 minutes for Red Draft, 20 minutes for Blue Draft, and 20 minutes for Green Draft).
  3. After the authors of the three drafts speak, anyone else in attendance who wishes to sign up and speak will be given three minutes each. Registered speakers may not give their time to another speaker. Anyone who speaks during any of the three 20 minutes periods will not be allowed to speak again during this portion of the meeting unless requested to do so by the Planning Commission.

RED DRAFT - PROPOSED FLOYDS FORK SPECIAL ZONING OVERLAY DISTRICT REGULATIONS

BLUE DRAFT - PROPOSED FLOYDS FORK SPECIAL ZONING OVERLAY DISTRICT REGULATIONS

GREEN DRAFT - PROPOSED FLOYDS FORK SPECIAL ZONING OVERLAY DISTRICT REGULATIONS

Please reach out to Brian Davis at [email protected] if you have any questions.


JANUARY 12, 2024 UPDATE

The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on Thursday, January 4, 2024.  Thank you very much to everyone who contributed comments and/or were able to attend this meeting.  At the conclusion of the meeting, the Planning Commission directed staff to get additional feedback on a number of items in the proposed draft.  You may view the meeting by clicking on the link below (skip to the 45:00 mark of the video):

January 4, 2024 Planning Commission Video

The Planning Commission further directed staff to have a new draft available for review by February 22, 2024, with that draft going to the Planning Commission on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 1:00 pm.  

Please stay tuned for additional information.


DECEMBER 21, 2023 UPDATE

First of all, the Office of Planning would like to thank everyone who attended the December 12 open house at the Lake Forest Lodge. It was great to be able to speak to so many concerned citizens in person, have conversations about the proposed regulations, and get your feedback.

As promised, here is the third and final draft of the proposed Floyds Fork Zoning Overlay District regulations.  There are two versions here.  The first is the CLEAN version, which does not show edits.

Proposed Floyds Fork Regulations Draft - December 21, 2023 - CLEAN

The second version is the ANNOTATED version, which shows all the edits that have been made to the original Floyds Fork Guidelines that are currently in Chapter 3 Part 1 of the Land Development Code. Original text is in black, the first round of edits are shown in green (additions) and red (strikethroughs). The changes that were made during the second round of edits are blue. And finally, the most recent edits are in purple.

Proposed Floyd Fork Regulations Draft - December 21, 2023 - ANNOTATED

Here is a summary of the changes that were made as part of this round of edits:

  • The Floyds Fork stream buffer was amended to be two zones instead of three:  a 150-foot Streamside Zone and a 50-foot Outer Zone (was previously 100-foot Streamside, 50 Middle and 50 Outer)
  • The language describing the two tiers has now been placed in a threshold table for easier reading (this table was displayed at the December 12 open house)
  • All required plantings for meeting buffer requirements must be native species
  • Lighting regulations have been included
  • Major Subdivisions that are in R-4 or R-5 zoned areas must utilize the Conservation Subdivision regulations or the MRDI regulations (with at least 30 percent open space)
  • Multi-Family Residential developments with 10 or more units must have at least 30 percent open space

The public hearing before the Planning Commission will take place on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 1:00 pm at the Old Jail Auditorium, 514 W. Liberty Street, Louisville, KY, 40202. There will be an option to attend virtually as well (additional information will be on the Office of Planning's Upcoming Public Meetings Page as we get closer to the date). Any comments received before 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 will be incorporated into the public record and forwarded to the Planning Commissioners prior to the hearing.  Comments and questions can be forwarded to Brian Davis at brian.davis at louisvilleky.gov.


NOVEMBER 30, 2023 UPDATE

The Louisville Metro Office of Planning will be hosting an open house to discuss the proposed Floyds Fork Zoning Overlay District regulations on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Lake Forest Lodge, 511 Woodlake Drive, Louisville, KY 40245. All comments will be considered as Office of Planning Staff prepares the third and final version of the proposed regulations. The anticipated publication date of this draft is Thursday, December 21.

Anyone who cannot attend may send comments to Brian Davis at brian.davis @ louisvilleky.gov.  

The second draft of the proposed Floyds Fork Zoning Overlay Regulations is available for review.  

Full Recommendations as of November 9, 2023 - NEW EDITS SHOWN IN BLUE

Full Recommendations as of November 9, 2023 - CLEAN

Also, the Planning Committee set a public hearing date for the review of these proposed amendments. This public hearing before the Planning Commission will take place on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 1:00 pm at the Old Jail Auditorium, 514 W. Liberty Street, Louisville, KY, 40202. There will be an option to attend virtually as well (additional information will be on the Office of Planning's Upcoming Public Meetings Page as we get closer to the date).


 

Following a request by Metro Council, the Office of Planning and Design Services (PDS) is currently reviewing the Floyds Fork Development Overlay District (DRO) provisions in the Land Development Code. The DRO is an overlay shown on the zoning district maps. It constitutes a second level of development standards in addition to those specified by the underlying zoning district. The purpose of the district is to protect the quality of the natural environment and it achieves these purposes by promoting compatible development of land and structures.

Metro Council Resolution Concerning DRO Update

The recommendations provided on this webpage are preliminary and subject to change upon review of additional public input. To be effective, any changes must be approved by Metro Council. In summary, the recommendations:

  • Change the guidelines which required a committee review to regulations that are reviewed by staff of Planning and Design Services. These regulations strengthen the protection of the Floyds Fork Waterway and its tributaries.
  • Create an overlay waiver process for those regulations that are not met. This waiver has its own standards of review.
  • Create an environmental assessment requirement for waivers that directly impact the Floyds Fork Waterway. This assessment would be conducted by a third-party consultant for Louisville Metro but paid for by the applicant of the waiver request.
  • Delete guidelines that cannot be changes to regulations.
  • Delete guidelines that are obsolete because other regulations control these issues, such as erosion prevention and tree preservation standards.

Full DRO Recommendations as of 6/30/23 (Showing Revisions to Ordinance)

Community Engagement

There was a presentation on the project at an online meeting on September 21, 2022, with a discussion on the related Conservation Form District following.

There was second public meeting concerning initial recommendations to the regulations on May 24, 2023. Attendees were updated on the effort and a survey concerning the initial recommendations was distributed.

The Planning Committee has had two public meetings to discuss the proposed drafts.  The August 28, 2023 meeting reviewed the initial draft that was published in June 2023.  The second meeting, which was conducted on November 29, 2023, reviewed the second draft of the proposed amendments.  You may review both of these meetings by clicking on the links below.

The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on Thursday, January 4, 2024. You may view the meeting by clicking on the link below (skip to the 45:00 mark of the video):

As a follow up to the January 4, 2024 Planning Commission meeting, staff met with interested community members to further discuss the draft (which has led to the March 7 Draft).  These meetings were conducted on the following dates:

  • Monday, January 23, 2024
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2024
  • Friday, February 9, 2024
  • Friday, February 16, 2024
  • Friday, March 1, 2024

We want to hear from you!

If you have any questions about the regulations or the process, please contact Brian Davis at (502) 574-6230. Staff will be accepting written comments for the official record until the day before the Planning Commission's Public Hearing, which has been scheduled for Thursday, January 4, 2024.  Additional information about this public hearing will be made available soon.

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