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Multi-Family Design Standards

Multi-family residential developments should comply with the multi-family design standards in Appendix A.

In the Winburn Small Area plan, design standards were created in order to address neighborhood concerns and to ensure that many of the problems historically created through poor design would not be repeated in the future. Special attention was paid during the creation of the standards to ensure that new multi-family developments will be properly oriented for pedestrians and site safety, and will create a strong sense of place. The design standards were developed with the intention of being portable for inclusion in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan. The same design principles established to create desirable multi-family development in Winburn, are also applicable throughout Lexington.

Goals and Objectives

GOAL A2: Support infill and redevelopment throughout the Urban Service Area as a strategic component of growth.

Objective: A2b

Respect the context and design features of areas surrounding development projects and develop design standards and guidelines to ensure compatibility with existing urban form.

Objective: A2c

Incorporate adequate greenspace and open space into all development projects, which serve the needs of the intended population.

Objective: A2d

Implement innovative programs, such as the public infrastructure fund and land bank programs, to facilitate sustainable development, including, but not limited to, housing, affordable at all income levels, and commercial and economic activity.

Objective: A2e

Create materials that educate the public about infill and redevelopment.

GOAL A3: Provide well-designed neighborhoods and communities.

Objective: A3a

Enable existing and new neighborhoods to flourish through improved regulation, expanded opportunities for neighborhood character preservation, and public commitment to expand options for mixed-use and mixed-type housing throughout Lexington-Fayette County

Objective: A3b

Strive for positive and safe social interactions in neighborhoods, including, but not limited to, neighborhoods that are connected for pedestrians and various modes of transportation.

Objective: A3c

Minimize disruption of natural features when building new communities.

Objective: A3d

Promote, maintain, and expand the urban forest throughout Lexington.

GOAL B2: Reduce Lexington-Fayette County’s carbon footprint.

Objective: B2b

Anticipate the community's needs by encouraging environmentally sustainable uses of natural resources.