Public input sought on redevelopment, transportation concepts for Nicholasville Road

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Earlier this year, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government invited the public to imagine the future of Nicholasville Road.

Blending community input received since the project kicked off in March with the results of an in-depth study, the City has prepared preliminary transportation and redevelopment concepts to support future growth along the corridor.

These concepts are now ready for public review at ImagineNicholasvilleRoad.org.

Imagine Nicholasville Road is a study of the U.S. 27 corridor extending between downtown Lexington and Brannon Crossing, just south of the Fayette-Jessamine County line.

Conducted by the LFUCG, the purpose of the study is to identify strategies to better ensure that the corridor’s ongoing redevelopment aligns with the community’s need for more housing units and housing options, and to move people more efficiently along the corridor.

“Community input at this phase is very important since the study’s recommendations will be used to help guide future development and determine the priority of transportation improvements,” said Kenzie Gleason, a transportation planner with the City of Lexington. “Since we can’t meet in person right now, we are offering an online opportunity for the public to explore the initial concepts and to submit their thoughts.”

Gleason noted that this phase of public review will continue through Dec. 2, 2020.

With the materials online, the public has the opportunity to view them at their convenience, 24/7.

The concepts are presented in a series of short, narrated videos, and feedback opportunities are integrated into the online presentation.

The public is also welcome to send comments via email to imagine@lexington.gov or by mail to the Division of Planning, 101 East Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Anyone needing special assistance to review the materials can contact Kenzie Gleason at (859) 258-3605.

“When reviewing the concepts, it’s important to keep in mind that this plan will guide growth and redevelopment that will occur along the corridor over time, primarily through private development. These changes won’t happen overnight,” said Gleason. “Transportation needs to support redevelopment, improve safety and overall travel along the corridor will be prioritized and coordinated with Lexington’s community-wide transportation improvement program.” 

Imagine Nicholasville Road is an extension of the 2018 Imagine Lexington Comprehensive Plan. A core strategy of the plan is guiding population and economic growth along Lexington’s principal corridors. Nicholasville Road is the first of Lexington’s major commercial and transportation corridors to undergo strategic planning as part of the implementation of the plan.

For information, visit ImagineNicholasvilleRoad.com.

Developed through an intensive, two-and-a-half-year process and with the involvement of unprecedented levels of public input, Lexington’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan, Imagine Lexington, seeks to provide flexible yet focused planning guidance to ensure equitable development of our community’s resources and infrastructure that enhances our quality of life, and fosters regional planning and economic development.

The plan’s mission includes protecting the environment, promoting successful, accessible neighborhoods, and preserving the unique Bluegrass landscape that has made Lexington-Fayette County the Horse Capital of the World.

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