Planning's mission is to provide a vision and strategy that will allow Lexington to grow and prosper while preserving, protecting, and enhancing existing neighborhoods, downtown and the rural Bluegrass cultural landscape.

If you have a question, comment or concern, email Planning and we’ll get your issue addressed by the right person. 

The offices of the Division of Planning are open to the public.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the meeting formats of our Boards and Commissions or if you would like to schedule a video-teleconference meeting with staff.

You may contact us by phone at (859) 258-3160 or through the Planning mailbox at

Departmental Sections

Planning Services – Implements the adopted comprehensive plan; coordinates development activities; provides staff support for the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment, including:

  • Accela Citizen Portal
  • Zone map amendments (zone changes)
  • Development plans
  • Subdivision plats
  • Zoning Ordinance text amendments
  • Conditional use requests
  • Variance requests

Staff members of Planning Services serve as case managers for all development applications.

Long Range Planning – Creates plans for future land use, farmland preservation, conservation, and development patterns, including:

For more information on Long Range Planning projects and the comprehensive plan, visit the Imagine Lexington website or access other long-range plans, studies, and surveys via the Planning Resources webpage.

Transportation Planning – Responsible for all aspects of highway and transit planning, including:

For more information about transportation planning in Lexington-Fayette County, as well as the Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, visit the MPO website.

Zoning Compliance – Issues zoning compliance permits; investigates complaints of zoning violations and undertakes enforcement actions when needed; ensures continued compliance with local zoning codes and regulations with new and existing developments.


Ordinances and regulations


Staff Title Phone
Baillie, Hal Planner Senior – Planning Services – Zoning (859) 258-3184
Brown, Pamela Zoning Enforcement Officer (859) 425-2037
Castro, Samantha Planner Senior – Long Range Planning (859) 258-3179
Coy, Grace Planning Technician (859) 258-3152
Cunningham, Stephanie Administrative Specialist – Planning Services (859) 258-3189
David, Joey Planner Senior – Transportation Planning / Lexington Area MPO – Transit (859) 258-3178
Duncan, AICP, James Director (859) 258-3172
Evilia, Chris Chris Evilia – Manager – Transportation Planning & Lexington Area MPO (859) 258-3167
Friedmann, Valerie Planner Senior – Long Range Planning (859) 258-3267
Gallt, Cheryl Planner – Planning Services – New Development / Subdivision Plans (859) 425-2208
Gleason, Kenzie Administrative Officer – Transportation Planning / Lexington Area MPO (859) 258-3605
Hu, Sam Planner Senior – Transportation Planning / Lexington Area MPO – Congestion Management (859) 258-3053
Jarman, David Planner – Zoning Compliance (859) 258-3885
Jefferson, Elizabeth Administrative Specialist – Long Range Planning  (859) 258-3260
Kearns, Grover S. Planning Senior (859) 258-3180

Lewis, Donna

Administrative Specialist – Zoning Compliance 

(859) 258-3101

Martin, AICP, Tom Planner Senior – Planning Services – Development / Subdivision (859) 258-3182
Midyett Goderwis, Autumn Planner Senior – Zoning Compliance – BOA (859) 258-3187
Taylor, Christopher Administrative Officer – Long Range Planning (859) 258-3181
Thompson, Philip Scott Planner – Transportation Planning / Lexington Area MPO - Bicycle & Pedestrian (859) 258-3173
Wade, AICP, Traci Manager – Planning Services (859) 258-3183
Walker, Greg Zoning Enforcement Officer (859) 258-3248
Weaver, Lauren Planner Senior – Long Range Planning (859) 258-3170
Whittington, Brenda Administrative Specialist – Transportation Planning / Lexington Area MPO (859) 258-3162

Woodall, AICP, Chris

Manager – Long Range Planning

(859) 258-3231

Woods, Deborah Administrative Specialist – Planning Services (859) 258-3185


New program allows residents to view building permits in their neighborhoods

The program offers an efficient, user-friendly way to view development activity throughout Lexington.

Rethinking parking regulations

The City is rethinking parking requirements for developments and is asking the public to weigh in.

Imagine Nicholasville Road public hearing

The concept focuses on safety and efficiency for people traveling by car, bus, bike or on foot.