LDC Reform Recommendations

Planning & Design Services (PDS) staff introduced initial recommended changes to the LDC to the Planning Commission on February 4, 2021, with the public hearings and formal review of the Phase 1 amendments occurring on April 20, 2021. The Phase 1 amendments are now under review by the Metro Council. Suburban cities with zoning authority may also independently review and consider the changes.

Following review of the Phase 1 recommendations, PDS staff will move forward with Phase 2 of the LDC Reform Project.

Phase 1 amendments include (updated April 14, 2021 for the Planning Commission public hearings):

  • 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 4/14/21 report click here)
  • Revising current zoning requirements to reduce obstacles to creating market gardens, community gardens and similar uses (to view a 4/14/21 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 4/14/21 report click here);
  • Permitting duplexes outright on properties that are zoned multi-family to increase housing options and affordability (to view a 4/14/21 report click here); and
  • Other measures that aim to reduce barriers to housing affordability and to increase housing choices (to view a 4/14/21 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, visit www.louisvilleky.gov/ldcreform.


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