This Land Development Code Diagnosis prepared by Opticos Design, a Berkley-based consultant group, provides a diagnosis of the current LDC. Opticos Design specializes in creating strategic solutions to address the most challenging housing and community issues of our time, including attainable housing and equitable development practices. Many elements within the LDC have not been revised since the early 1960s and no longer support current city needs. The findings of the evaluation conducted by Opticos Design revealed several components of the LDC that restrict inclusive development styles and limit the types of housing that can be built within Louisville Metro. Some of these discrepancies include parking requirements, minimum lot sizes, floor area ratios, excessive single-family zoning, and deficient density allotments.
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Land Development Code Diagnosis
Good features of the Land Development Code Diagnosis (big picture):
Louisville, KY — Land Development Code Diagnosis with Housing Focus 4
1. Regulates different contexts with different standards (Traditional and Suburban) through Form Districts and TNZD
2. Recognition that traditional, walkable neighborhoods can accommodate a variety of uses, as captured in TN form districts and the TNZD (see intent statement in 5.2.2)
3. Form regulations are designed to benefit the public realm
4. Infill standards (5.1.12) tailor form of new development to context
5. Relatively short in length—most LDCs of a city this size are longer
6. LOJIC system is a powerful way to easily provide information to users
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