Overlay District Permit

Overlay ProcessStep 1. Application and Approval Determination


A project involving physical changes to the exterior of a building, structure, or property within an overlay district shall require prior approval in the form of an Overlay Permit. The Office of Planning & Deisng Services reviews development proposals for compliance in three Overlay Districts: the Bardstown/Baxter Avenue Corridor (BROD) Overlay District, the Downtown Development Review (DDRO) Overlay District, and the NuLu (NROD) Review Overlay District. An approval requires substantial conformance to design guidelines established for each overlay district. The design guidelines, along with other information regarding overlay districts, may be found here.

1.  Submit an application for a Overlay District permit. Applications must be submitted by Friday to be distributed to Case Managers the following Monday.

Next Step
2.  Case Managers have two weeks to review your proposal and determine whether the proposal is a staff- or committee-level application.                                                                  

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3.  If the Case Manager determines that the proposal needs review by the appropriate overlay committee, the application will be placed on the next available docket for a public meeting.

Overlay Process

Step 2. DDRO, BROD, NROD Overlay Committees

1.  The appropriate Overlay District Committee (DDRO, BROD, or NROD) reviews your plan at a public meeting. Once a date is set for the DDRO, BROD, or NROD meeting, you are required to send public notification to adjacent property owners by mail. Neighbors must be sent notification 14 days prior to the meeting for the DDRO. Neighbors must be sent notification 10 days prior to the meeting for the BROD or NROD. Click here for additional information on public notices. Once you have mailed the public notices, you will need to fill out and submit an affidavit of notification.                                                                

Next Step2.  The Case Manager prepares a staff report prior to the meeting. The staff report and agenda are provided in advance to the Overlay District Committee members for their review, and are posted the Friday before the following week's meeting here.                                                               

Next Step3.  The Overlay meeting is held.

a. DDRO meetings are typically held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month starting at 8:30 a.m. in either the OLd Jail Auditorium located at 514 W. Liberty Stret or the Metro Development Center located at 444 South 5th Street.

b. BROD meetings are typically held on any Tuesday of the month starting at 12:00 p.m. at the Metro Development Center located at 444 South 5th Street

c. NROD meetings are typically held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month starting at 12:00 p.m. at either the Old Jail Auditorium located at 514 W. Liberty Street or the Metro Development Center locatted at 44 South 5th Street. 

Often, there are multiple cases on the agenda to be reviewed. You will have the opportunity to address the committee concerning your application.               

Next Step4.  At the Overlay District Committee meeting in which your request is considered, the committee will make a motion to take a vote on the proposal to approve, approve with conditions, continue the case, or deny. The final action is based on conformance to the applicable design guidelines. If approved, an Overlay Permit is issued and signed by the DDRO, BROD, NROD Chair and then sent to the applicant.

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