Boards, Commissions and Committees

Planning & Design Services works to staff a various boards, commissions, and committees that are responsible for the oversight of varying land use and architectural design applications, based on the type and location of the proposal.  

Board of Zoning Adjustment
The Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment (BOZA) was established by State Statute and is empowered to grant conditional use permits and dimensional variances from the zoning district regulations. Appeals to the Board may be made by any person or entity claiming that an official action or decision of any zoning enforcement official is in error. Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment hearings are typically conducted on the first and third Monday of each month in the Old Jail Building Auditorium, 514 W. Liberty Street, at 1 p.m. To read the BOZA bylaws, please click here

Planning Commission 
The Louisville Metro Planning Commission is charged by statutes to administer zoning and subdivision regulations and to prepare a comprehensive plan to serve as a guide for development of public and private property. Requests for zoning changes are researched by Planning and Design staff. The Commission holds a public hearing and votes to recommend approval or denial to the proper legislative body. Public testimony is taken at this hearing. The Commission limits the time for the presentation of testimony and reading statements on behalf of someone else is not permissible. Authority for final approval or denial rests with the proper legislative body--with the Louisville Metro Council on property within Louisville and Jefferson County but outside the city limits of the county's twelve second through fourth-class cities with zoning authority and with the city councils of the second, third and fourth-class cities on property within their boundaries. Decisions by the legislative bodies may be appealed to the courts. To read the Planning Commission bylaws, please click here
The Planning Commission has ten members that include:
  • Mayor of Louisville Metro or his designee
  • Eight citizens appointed to staggered three-year terms
  • Either the Director of Public Works or County Road Engineer, determined by the Mayor.
The Planning Commission routinely meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Old Jail Building Auditorium located at 514 W. Liberty Street. If there are individuals who want the hearing time after normal working hours, they may submit a petition signed by 200 property owners in Louisville and Jefferson County at least 15 days before the scheduled hearing date and the hearing will be rescheduled. A petition with 300 signatures assures a public hearing after normal working hours in a convenient location. This petition would also need to be submitted at least 15 days before the scheduled hearing date and the hearing would be rescheduled. To view the application to hold a Planning Commission meeting in the evening its normal downtown location, click here. To view the application to hold a Planning Commission meeting in the evening at a convenient location, click here.  
The Planning Commission also contains four subcommittees including:
  • Land Development & Transportation Committee: Reviews zoning changes and subdivisions. Meets on 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 1 p.m. at 514 W. Liberty Street
  • Development Review Committee: Reviews development proposals. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 1 p.m. at 514 W. Liberty Street 
  • Planning Committee: Reviews development and maintenance of the Comprehensive Plan per KRS 100, currency of various implementation measures (zoning & subdivision regulations, small area & neighborhood plans, and capital improvement programming), agency goals and objectives, annual & multiyear work programs, and any other land use & development policy document. Meets on on call of the Chairperson or any two members of the Committee. 
  • Policies & Procedures Committee: Meets as needed to review the documents and practices of the Planning Commissions and of Planning & Design Services staff

Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission
Architectural Review Committees
Louisville Metro's local preservation districts and individual landmarks designations recognize, preserve, and protect the city's significant historic and architectural resources for the entire community. The designation establishes a local oversight process for design review of all exterior alterations, demolition, and new construction. This review process is conducted by the Landmarks Commission and the Architectural Review Committees. 
All exterior work performed on a building in a Preservation District which includes all sides of the building, the yard, streetscape, and/or street and alley public rights-of-way, or beyond simple ground disturbance activity (landscaping) on a landmark site without proper approval (the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness) is a violation subject to fines, penalties, or a field issued stop work order. Please consider applying for a Certificate of Appropriateness if you are unsure if you are doing any work that may lead to a fine. If you think you may be in a preservation district or have a landmark property to which you wish to make renovations, please call us at (502) 574-6230. 
Louisville's Preservation Districts include Butchertown, Cherokee Triangle, Clifton, Limerick, Old Louisville, Parkland and West Main Street. Louisville also has 95 individual landmarks.  

The application for a Certificate of Appropriateness can be found here. More information on the approval process: Landmarks-Certificate of Appropriateness User Guide. To find more infromation on our Historic Preservation Districts and Landmarks, click here

Interested in serving on a board or commission?  Learn more here.
Interested in speaking about a case during a Board or Commission meeting?  If so, please contact the case manager of the specific case about which you would like to speak. If you do not know the case manager of the specific case, please contact the Planning and Design Services. If you know the case number or address of the property for the case, you can find the case manager and case documents at our public Permitting Portal. Please note that outside technology may not be compatible with Metro owned computers and software. Please let the case manager know if you will need information displayed as part of your presentation.  

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