Land Use

Land Use

Louisville and Jefferson County should adopt comprehensive urban growth and land use policies that reconcile the conflicting demands development and environmental preservation which are in the long term public interest. 
Position History: 

Adopted 1973, Revised 1998 

To achieve these goals, urban growth and land use policies should ensure land use consistent with physical attributes and capacity of the land, environmental protection and wise use of resources should include: 

  • Intergovernmental and interagency cooperation and coordination; 
  • Planned, balanced and controlled economic growth and population distribution; 
  • Adequate and balanced transportation systems, including mass transit;
  • Control of the extension of utilities and roads, including expenditure and timing, to satisfy environmental protection in areas of development;’
  • Preservation of open space, both public and private; 
  • Land use consistent with land capability, environmental protection and wise use of resources to provide equal opportunities for access to housing, employment and education; 
  • Preservation of natural resource lands (including significant farmland, forests, unique scenic, ecological or historical areas) and protection of land subject to natural disasters (hillsides, flood plains, wetlands, etc.); 
  • Citizen review of all development proposals, both private and public, affecting the county to ensure consideration of social and economic needs and consistency with public policies and plans; 
  • Balancing of public versus private rights and regional and local rights.
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Louisville