Design Overlay Districts & Committees

In Louisville Metro, there are currently three Design Overlay Districts:


What types of applications do the Committees review?

Within the overlay districts, no person shall commence any Development Activity as defined in Chapter 162 of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances without obtaining an Overlay Permit certifying compliance with the applicable Guidelines. The Guidelines are not intended to discourage development or to dictate architectural design or style, but to encourage such development that contributes to the overall urban design quality of the downtown and of each overlay district.  The Guidelines and the distinctive characteristics for each overlay district shall be the basis for evaluating applications for development proposals.

Click here to view the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances.

Click here to view the Design Overlay Permit process.


Who is on the Committees and how can I apply to serve on a Committee?

Click here to review the current membership of a Committee, as well as to find an application to apply to serve on a Committee.

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