Metro Council asks Planning Commission to review the Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District regulations

April 16, 2015

Louisville – In a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council has approved a resolution asking for a review and evaluation of the effectiveness of the Traditional Neighborhood Zone District regulations.

“I believe the time has come to review this zone because questions have arisen over applying 20th Century restrictions on to 21st Century businesses,” said Councilman David James (D-6), who sponsored the resolution. “As we have restored many areas, we have found economic development sometimes being hampered by rules that did not anticipate the kinds of businesses and culture we have in play today.”

James says that is particularly true in the Limerick and Old Louisville area where technology and small businesses have been restricted by regulations that were adopted in 2002 as a neighborhood plan for the area. Over the last few years, the Oak Street Task Force has tried to promote business growth to blend with residential uses for the area but the old regulations have sometimes complicated those efforts.

“It has been more than 12 years since these zones were reviewed,” said James. “We only ask that a serious evaluation be done to determine if there is flexibility in the regulations and whether or not the time has come to reposition the boundaries in the original plan.”

The resolution asks for a review of the TNZD with regard to signage and whether the current land use listing should be expanded to include additional commercial uses. The resolution also requests  an examination of the Neighborhood Center Boundary  to determine if it should extended.

As part of this process, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing after its review and then present its recommendation to the Metro Council for possible action.

As part of this process, the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council voted that they wanted to expand the uses of commercial zoning in the TNZD “Old Louisville”.

This also is an opportunity to look at all areas of the TNZD and see if any areas of it need to be updated or changed in any way to help the businesses and residences of Old Louisville.

Councilman James wishes to thank the dedicated residents of Old Louisville who deliberated and examined the commercial uses of the Old Louisville area.