President Winkler announces Ad Hoc Land Use Committee

February 08, 2024

Louisville (February 8, 2024) – Today, Metro Council President Markus Winkler (D-17) announced the establishment of a new Ad Hoc Land Use Committee, citing an overdue necessity to address various aspects of the development process.

“Given the substantial workload of the current Planning & Zoning Committee, a dedicated Ad Hoc Committee has been formed to conduct an in-depth examination into the land use process. Frustrations have been voiced from various stakeholders involved in the development process, necessitating a call for change,” said President Winkler.

One of the initial priorities for the Committee is to conduct comprehensive research into the best practices for land use on a national level. It will seek to identify successful community strategies for managing land development, redevelopment, engaging with stakeholders, and collaborating with government entities.

Once these strategies have been identified, the Committee will work on devising a plan for their effective implementation and replication. This endeavor will require close cooperation with the Mayor’s Administration, local developers, and all relevant parties to develop a cohesive path forward for Louisville.

“Upon conclusion, the Committee will present a series of legislative and policy recommendations for Metro Council to consider, and potentially state law recommendations, offering an easier approach for all stakeholders involved,” said President Winkler.

The Committee Chair is Councilman Andrew Owen (D-9) with Vice Chair Khalil Batshon (R-25). The full membership for the Committee will be announced within the next week.

"I appreciate President Winkler asking me to chair this important committee and I'm really excited to get started.  I look forward to working with the community, my Council colleagues, the administration, and the agencies within Metro Government to identify and discuss best practices that are currently being used by local jurisdictions all around the globe.  I think we can all agree that many of our zoning and land use rules and processes are outdated and broken, but I am confident this committee can work together to make significant progress,” said Ad Hoc Committee Chair, Councilman Andrew Owen (D-9)

"Making our zoning process easier to understand and navigate is a priority. A regular review of our land use policies is needed, and I am hopeful that any recommendations brought forward will help to take into account the needs of the community and all stakeholders so that our growth well planned and beneficial to current and future generations,” said Ad Hoc Committee Vice Chair, Councilman Khalil Batshon (R-25)

The Ad Hoc Land Use Committee will host its first meeting within the next few weeks. The meetings will be held in Historic City Hall, 601 West Jefferson Street, Third Floor Chambers.

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