Zoning and planning impacts us all, but how many of us understand how it work?

Zoning and planning impacts us all, but how many of us understand how it works?

Louisville’s planning and zoning codes have a massive impact on the city’s future and present quality-of-life. Yet this crucial function of the city’s government is not widely understood by the average citizen. To help close this knowledge gap, Metro Council members have scheduled introductory planning and zoning workshops.

The workshops are titled, appropriately, “Planning and Zoning 101” and are set for Tuesday, June 24, and Tuesday, July 8. Both workshops are from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Louisville Urban League, 1535 West Broadway.

The sponsors are Metro Council members Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Mary C. Woolridge, Marianne Butler, David James, David Tandy, and Jim King, all Democrats.

“For many, the planning and zoning process is confusing and complicated and many times we hear from groups who are unaware that a project got started or were unaware of how to get involved or get accurate information if there is a concern about a zoning change or neighborhood land use issue,” Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton said in a statement.

The workshops are facilitated by the Center for Neighborhoods in partnership with Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services.

The workshops plan to cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Introduction of Planning and Design Services
  • Definitions of planning and zoning terms
  • Neighborhood Plans
  • Description of each zoning classification
  • Zoning maps of neighborhoods
  • Maps of Metro Council Districts and neighborhood boundaries

“I know from the concerns we have in my office, many people do not understand how an area can be rezoned from something like residential to commercial or industrial,” said Councilwoman Woolridge. “This workshop will go into those details with explanations.”

“This workshop will teach residents how to become involved on the front end of a zoning case so they are at the table with developers,” Councilwoman Butler added. “The knowledge gained helps all involved understand the planning process.”

Pre-registration is requested. Please contact Lisa Dettlinger at 502.589.0343 or [email protected] to leave your name, address, telephone number or email address.