Public input needed on Lexington parking requirements

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s Division of Planning is seeking public feedback as they reassess parking requirements for developments.

Many times, due to the necessity of parking in American cities, development is designed around that aspect.

According to the Division of Planning, “Lexington’s current regulations typically require developers to build parking they may not want and may never use, and the cost is passed along to consumers. This also runs counter to overall sustainability goals, as construction of excessive parking contributes to an expensive cycle of suburban sprawl.”

As part of Imagine Lexington, the city’s 20-year growth plan, the Division of Planning has proposed changes to ensure the city is building the right amount of parking. The Division of Planning states that it is most important “that parking lots are designed with the health, safety, and welfare of the community in mind.”

An interactive exhibit presenting the proposal called, “Let’s Rethink Parking in Lexington, KY – Story Map and Survey” can be viewed at the embedded link or at the Imagine Lexington Rethink Parking project page. The City is encouraging the public to review the material and complete the survey to provide input. The survey link will remain open until 5 p.m., May 31.

The Division of Planning is gathering feedback for the potential update to the city’s parking regulations. There will be a public hearing scheduled at a later date prior to any changes being made.

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