Land Development Code Chapter 10 Update

After about three months of collaboration with residents and stakeholders, Planning & Design staff have presented their work which you can read here. The next step is to present the work to the Planning Commission on a date TBD.  

In response to the passage of a Metro Council resolution, Louisville Metro’s Planning & Design Services, the city’s agency responsible for reviewing development applications and ensuring they align with our planning and zoning regulations, will hold public meetings to engage with the public on an update of Chapter 10 of the Land Development Code. Chapter 10 concerns trees, landscaping and open space.

The resolution passed by Metro Council on October 11, 2018 asked the Planning Commission to review the Land Development Code to review the tree preservation and planting requirements to preserve and increase Louisville’s tree canopy.

The updates to Chapter 10 of the Land Development Code will only affect tree canopy requirements for development applications submitted to Planning & Design Services.

The update follows a tree ordinance aimed at preserving and increasing the tree canopy on public rights of way, which was passed by Metro Council in 2017. 

Proposed changes to Chapter 10 of the Land Development Code are due to Metro Council by March 1, 2019.

Changes related to tree requirements were last reviewed in 2014. Increases to preservation and planting requirement were deferred at that time pending the completion of an Urban Tree Canopy Assessment. The Assessment was complete in 2015 and showed a loss in tree canopy from 2004 to 2012 and predicted further losses without changes to City requirements.


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