Expansion And Growth 'Reserve' Land Rejected In Kentucky

<p>Planning officials in Fayette County, Kentucky, have approved a plan that will not expand its boundary of growth. The planning commission also unanimously rejected the establishment of an 'urban reserve', in case minds changed about expansion.</p>
January 24, 2007, 5am PST | Nate Berg
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"'We won the battle, but our mission is a life's work,' land use activist Knox van Nagell said. 'We want to work with the neighborhood council, historic-preservationists, business and economic elements so we can come up with a growth model to benefit all of Lexington and Fayette County.'"

"The commission voted unanimously last week against a proposal to designate 7,700 acres in east and southeast Lexington as "urban reserve." That land would not be brought into the Urban Service Area for immediate development, but would be the first place the commission would look when it wanted to expand in the future."

"The comprehensive plan, the county's blueprint for future growth, is updated every five years."

"The planning commission and the city's planning staff will look immediately for ways to use land inside the urban service boundary 'as efficiently as we possibly can,' commission Chairman Dal Harper said."

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Published on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 in Lexington Herald-Leader
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