FCNC June membership Meeting on Accessory Dwelling Units

The Fayette County Neighborhood Council will host a very important June General Meeting…

7:00 p.m. Monday, June 11
NEW LOCATIONLexington Senior Citizens’ Center, 195 Life Lane
behind Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road

ADUs or Accessory Dwelling Units
(Attic, Basement and Garage Apartments; Backyard Houses):

 Are Second Dwellings on Single-Family Lots Right for Lexington and Fayette County?

A FCNC Panel Discussion will offer an LFUCG Planning staff presentation followed by several perspectives, taking a closer look at How, Where, When and Why.

Jim Duncan, LFUCG Director of Planning
Gale Reece, Chair, LFUCG Senior Services Commission
Amy Clark, Hollywood Neighborhood
Janet Cabaniss, Stonewall Community Association

Questions and Discussion

Why now?
The draft Neighborhoods chapter in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan that will guide future zoning and development decisions in Lexington/Fayette includes new density and equity policies “to provide affordable and/or compact residential options”… and “flexibility for senior housing” through Accessory Dwelling Units.  The LFUCG Senior Services Commission recommends that Planning “consider zoning to allow Accessory Dwelling Units to accommodate the needs of caregivers and the burgeoning aging population.”  (Check our website for more:  www.fcnc.org).

Before the Planning Commission votes on this critical topic– setting the policies that will guide the next changes in our zoning and development– it’s important that they hear from our neighborhoods.  Please bring people with you from your neighborhood or homeowners’ association, and make sure that your neighborhood is represented.

Given the city-wide goal of increasing infill density, under what conditions should a landowner be able to establish, build or rent a separate living unit–attached or detached–on an existing lot?  Depending on how they are done, ADUs could impact not only personal family finances, child and elder care, but neighborhood housing and population density, homeownership and tenant stability, traffic, parking and paving, yard depth, tree canopy and greenspace, water quality and sewer capacity, noise, lighting, historic fabric and neighborhood design.

Plan on being there on June 11th!  It’s a challenging and complex topic and this is our chance to talk it through together and make our views known.  (Come early at 6:30 if you want to register and then take a tour of the Senior Center.  Kristy Stambaugh, Director of Aging and Disability Services, will conduct a tour of the Senior Center at approximately 6:40.  The Center is spectacular and is a “must see” if you haven’t been there before.)

Walt Gaffield, President
Fayette County Neighborhood Council, Inc.