City leaders want the public's input on a five-year comprehensive plan that will guide development in Lexington and Fayette County in coming years.
The city will host two public hearings — one on Tuesday and a second on Thursday — to get feedback on a draft of the comprehensive plan.
The plan, which includes recommendations on how to strengthen the city's neighborhoods and retain and attract more jobs to the Lexington-Fayette County area, is tweaked every five years.
The most controversial part of the comprehensive plan — whether to extend the city's urban services boundary — has already been decided.
The Urban County council has already stated that the urban services boundary, which can determine what services people receive and how they are taxed, will not be moved in the latest comprehensive plan, said Jim Duncan, planning manager for Lexington.
Duncan said Tuesday and Thursday's public meetings will allow city planners to make adjustments to the comprehensive plan if needed. The planning commission hopes to approve the final version sometime later this year.
Fayette County continues to grow faster than other parts of the state. From 2000 to 2010, the population grew by 14 percent or from 260,512 to 295,803. By 2015, the population is projected to grow to 315,249, according to U.S. Census data.
The draft plan includes a host of recommendations including supporting the Fayette County schools' plan to build two new high schools, one new middle school and four new elementary schools and relocating three fire stations and building two new ones.
The plan addresses "how to accommodate growth within our existing urban area," Duncan said. At the same time, the plan also addresses protecting Fayette County's rural areas.
IF YOU GO
Public comment for 5-year Comprehensive Plan
When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lexington Senior Center, 1530 Nicholasville Rd, and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Village Branch Library, 2185 Versailles Rd.
Beth Musgrave: (859)231-3205. Twitter: HLCityhall