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Zone changes potentially coming to Lexington

An aerial drone photo of a neighborhood, a highway, a lake, and the sunset behind clouds

Zone changes could mean more housing options around Lexington. | Photo by @shoeless.photographer

Did you know that ~42% of all land inside the city’s urban service boundary is currently zoned for homes? However, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader, city planners have said that the rising cost of land has deterred the production of single-family homes.

In an effort to help bridge the gap, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voted to move forward with the Urban Growth Management zoning text amendment. Changes are proposed for both business + residential zones, with a goal of allowing for different types of housing in more areas including:

  • B-3 zones, aka Highway Service Business, which are intended for retail + commercial use, could see the addition of multi-family developments, such as apartments
  • R-2 zones, aka Mixed Low Density Residential, which are intended for compact housing types like duplexes + patio homes, but could see the expansion of more housing types

The council could potentially take a final vote at its meeting on Thursday, June 27.

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