About Planning & Design Services

The Louisville Metro Office of Planning & Design Services (PDS), part of Louisville Forward's Department of Develop Louisville, 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 the built environment. PDS is also responsible for maintaining and monitoring compliance with the Land Development Code.

The Mission of PDS is to oversee land use planning and design services in directing economic growth and physical development in a manner as to ensure the prosperity, health, safety, and general welfare of the community.

PDS is located in the Metro Development Center at 444 South Fifth Street Suite 300. 

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