Equity Review of the Land Development Code

The Land Development Code (LDC), which provides the zoning regulations for Louisville Metro, is often amended. Planning & Design Services is currently reviewing the Land Development Code to find ways to modernize development regulations and ensure that they are equitable and improve the quality of life of all Louisville Metro citizens. The following initiatives and reports are related to that effort.

Click here to read the latest press release about Louisville Metro's full-scale equity review

Click here to read the press release concerning Louisville Metro's intent to conduct a full-scale equity review of the LDC

 

Land Development Code Reform Listening Sessions

Planning & Design Services will host three listening sessions in October. See details below about how to join the meetings via WebEx. Any can also view the session streaming live on Develop Louisville's Facebook page.

You can also submit your feedback and ask questions by calling (502) 574-4PDS from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or emailing [email protected].

 

Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 10 a.m.

To join this online event:

  1. Go to https://louisvilleky.webex.com/louisvilleky/j.php?MTID=e8f0a31efbfd23113...
  2.  Enter the event password: LDC102420
  3. Click "Join Now".
  4. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen to join the teleconference.

To only join the audio conference:

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 10 a.m.

To join this online event: 

  1. Go to https://louisvilleky.webex.com/louisvilleky/j.php?MTID=ef42ed185c4428056...
  2. Enter the event password: LDC102620
  3. Click "Join Now".
  4. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen to join the teleconference.

To only join the audio conference:

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 6 p.m.

To join this online event:

  1. Go to https://louisvilleky.webex.com/louisvilleky/j.php?MTID=e639d1011c989652e...
  2. Enter the event password: LDC102720
  3. Click "Join Now".
  4. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen to join the teleconference.

To only join the audio conference:

Land Development Code Diagnosis

Prepared by Opticos Design, a Berkley-based consultant group, this report provides a diagnosis of the current LDC. Opticos Design specializes in creating strategic solutions to address the most challenging housing and community issues of our time, including attainable housing and equitable development practices. Many elements within the LDC have not been revised since the early 1960s and no longer support current city needs. The findings of the evaluation conducted by Opticos Design revealed several components of the LDC that restrict inclusive development styles and limit the types of housing that can be built within Louisville Metro. Some of these discrepancies include parking requirements, minimum lot sizes, floor area ratios, excessive single-family zoning, and deficient density allotments.

Please click the picture or here to review the full report.


Advancing Equity

It is crucial in planning for an equitable future that Louisville Metro attains a greater understanding of its past and grows from both its intentional and unintentional missteps in policy decisions. This report was a collaborative effort of Develop Louisville completed in the spring of 2019. It identifies development policies and practices that exacerbate inequity and place barriers on the attainment of wealth. In addition, it explores topics of exclusionary zoning, parking, economy, accessibility, and contracts in current and historic policy and practice. Plan 2040, a review of planning best practices, and empirical evidence guide recommendations to advance equitable development through land use policy changes.

Please click the picture or here to review the full report.


Land Development Code Reform Resolutions

Planning Commission Resolution

Metro Council Resolution - A resolution by Metro Council requesting the Planning Commission review the LDC and develop recommendations for more equitable and inclusive development. Adopted by Metro Council on August 20, 2020 and approved by Mayor Fischer on August 26, 2020.

Questions?

If you have questions or would like to submit additional feedback, call (502) 574-4PDS to speak to a person or fill out the contact form below.