Comprehensive Plan

The documents below, in draft form, include the goals, objectives and policies for an update to Louisville's Comprehensive Plan. The current draft is representative of the work of hundreds, including Metro staff, an advisory committee and citizen volunteers. 

Community Facilities


Community Form

Livability & Environment



The next Advisory Committee meeting, to discuss the draft documents, is at Memorial Auditorium (970 S 4th Street) on February 21 at 6 p.m.

Current Comprehensive Plan: Cornerstone 2020

To view the goals, objectives and policies created by our work groups and now being discussed by the Advisory committee, please click here
What is a Comprehensive Plan and why does Louisville have one?
A comprehensive plan establishes a framework to guide public and private decisions about future growth, preservation and changes within a local government. Louisville Metro adopted its current comprehensive plan, known as Cornerstone 2020, on June 15, 2000. Cornerstone 2020, which has a planning timeframe of 2000 to 2020, provides the framework for Louisville and Jefferson County’s land development regulations and policies (including the Land Development Code). The document describes the community’s direction for future development and growth. It also recommends policies and projects to achieve its desired results.
Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 100 (Sections 100.183 - 100.197) requires that a comprehensive plan contain a statement of goals and objectives, which serve as guidelines for the physical development and economic and social well-being of the area. In addition, it requires land use plan, transportation and community facilities elements. Additional elements are allowed but not required.
How is the plan being updated?
As Cornerstone 2020 is approaching its effective timeframe, a new comprehensive plan is being prepared to guide actions beyond 2020. The new plan, which will have a horizon of 2040, builds on Cornerstone 2020. In addition, it will incorporate objectives of several other plans and initiatives into a single foundational policy document (such as Vision Louisville, Sustain Louisville, Move Louisville, the Consolidated Plan, Making Louisville Home for Us All, Healthy Louisville 2020 and the Downtown Louisville Master Plan). The new plan will serve as the community’s official statement about how it hopes to change over the next 20 years.
Develop Louisville, specifically the Offices of Planning & Design Services and Advanced Planning, will focus on drafting of the Comprehensive Plan update. In support of developing the policies, planning staff will rely on the assistance from other divisions of Develop Louisville and Louisville Metro as well as community and business organizations, outside agencies and citizens. Work on the new comprehensive plan is underway with data collection and analysis. The official kickoff was August 31, 2016. 
An Advisory Committee has been created to guide this process, which is expect to take about one year. Advisory Committee members include diverse representatives from neighborhood and community organizations as well as development and business interests. Advisory Committee meeting are open to the public.
Additionally, work groups, which Develop Louisville invites any member of the public to join, will be organized around topics including mobility, community form, community facilities, livability & environment, housing and marketplace. Work groups are where much of the analysis and public input will be heard.
Plans that the Comprehensive Plan will be informed by