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Imagine Lexington 2045

Welcome to Lexington's Future

Since its adoption, Imagine Lexington the 2018 Comprehensive Plan has served as the visionary plan for the future growth and development of Lexington. It creates a path forward to increase the quality of life for all residents and visitors, while acknowledging there is a lot of work to be done to realize Lexington’s full potential.

As required by state statute, the plan must be revisited every five years – though the Plan’s vision, shaped by public input, research, and industry best practices, is set to inform the next 20 to 25 years. To honor this vision, the next update to the Comprehensive Plan will be titled Imagine Lexington 2045, more accurately reflecting its long-range scope.

Imagine Lexington 2045 will build on the ambitious, yet attainable vision of the 2018 Plan and will serve as a reminder that this community is proactive, innovative, and forward-thinking. Learning from the past five years, this new Plan will calibrate the community’s vision and ensure Lexington is pointed in the right direction.

Current Item - Goals & Objectives

Informed by Lexington residents, the Goals & Objectives are the backbone of Imagine Lexington, its themes, and the resulting policies. Their key purpose is to ensure that the urban growth boundary and other long-range planning issues address needs for new urban development and contribute to the prosperity of Lexington. The community is currently in the process of reshaping our Goals & Objectives. This process consists of public input, data analysis, research of best practices, and discussions with local decisionmakers.

Your Plan Every Step of the Way

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Phase I: Goals & Objectives

The Goals & Objectives provide the framework for the plan and sets the direction for the rest of the document. They are developed through public engagement, data analysis, and research into trends and best practices.

Early 2022

Data Collection, Trend Analysis, Existing Conditions

At this time, staff collects baseline information to help decision-makers understand the current status of land use issues facing Lexington, and the national, regional, and local trends that might impact the future.


Public Input

To inform the development of the Goals & Objectives, a series of spring public input meetings take place. This includes On the Table and organization-focused meetings hosted by Planning staff and other groups.


Discussion with the Planning Commission

Once all public input is collected and analyzed, the City-appointed members of the Planning Commission will review the information, in tandem with additional data and research, and draft proposed Goals & Objectives for the new plan.



Planning Commission Public Hearing

The Planning Commission is formally presented with the proposed Goals & Objectives. The public may come out to voice their opinions on the proposal at this time. After considering the Goals & Objectives and any other information provided, the Planning Commission forwards a recommendation to the Urban County Council.

Late Winter/Early Spring

Urban County Council Process

The Urban County Council reviews the Planning Commission's recommendation in addition to all public input, data, and research. After deliberation, the Council will vote on the adoption of the Goals & Objectives.

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2023 Cont.

Phase II: Elements & Implementation

The Elements & Implementation phase of the planning process outlines the strategy through which the Goals & Objectives will be accomplished. This phase involves continued public input opportunities as well as detailed policy research, plan development, and, once adopted, plan implementation.


Discussion with Planning Commission

The staff will engage in discussions with the Planning Commission about specific policies that will further the Goals & Objectives approved by Council. This will involve revising existing policies, adding new ones, and potentially deleting those that have already been accomplished or are outdated. New implementation items will be included as well to provide clear action items that move Lexington closer to the community vision.

Late Spring/Early Summer

Public Input 

Opportunities for the public to weigh-in on the policies and implementation plan will be available. More information will be provided as these opportunities develop.


Planning Commission Public Hearing

The Planning Commission is formally presented with the proposed Elements & Implementation text. The public may come out to voice their opinions on the proposal at this time. The Planning Commission makes the final decision on the approval of this proposal.