LDC Reform Recommendations
Planning & Design Services (PDS) staff introduced its initial recommended changes to the Land Development Code to the Planning Commission on Feb. 4, the next step in a multi-year process to identify and correct inequitable land use regulations and policies within the code.
The recommendations will go before the Planning Commission and Metro Council for a vote within the next two to three months (early 2021). Following review of the initial recommendations, PDS staff will move forward with additional proposed reforms. Those will take anywhere from one to more than two years to go through the public input and approval process, and others may be added to the list following more community conversations and study.
The initial recommendations include:
- Requiring notices be mailed to residents, as well as property owners, so residents are better informed about potential development that could impact them (to view a draft report click here);
- Revising current zoning requirements to reduce obstacles to creating market gardens, community gardens and similar uses (to view a draft report click here);
- Allowing applications to build accessory dwelling units, including an accessory apartment, to be reviewed by Planning and Design Services staff rather than requiring them to go through the lengthier conditional use permit process (to view a draft report click here);
- Permitting duplexes outright on properties that are zoned multi-family to increase housing options and affordability (to view a draft report click here); and
- Other measures that aim to reduce barriers to housing affordability and to increase housing choices (to view a draft report click here).
To view a detailed recommendation chart, please click here.
The Planning Commission will host public hearings and make recommendations regarding the new regulations to Metro Council and small cities with zoning authority. Metro Council’s approval is required before any of the reforms can be implemented. Suburban cities with zoning authority – Anchorage, Douglass Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, Middletown, Prospect, Shively, St. Matthews and St. Regis Park – must independently adopt the changes.
To learn more about the Land Development Code reform process and see additional recommendations, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/ldcreform.