Written for a broad audience to encourage discussion and collaboration around housing issues, this report provides profiles of Lexington-Fayette Urban County's demographics and housing conditions as well as housing indicators.
Through its nine measures of fair and affordable housing, the 2012 State of Metropolitan Housing Report clearly demonstrates Metropolitan Louisville's growing need for safe, fair, and affordable housing. The focus topic of the 2012 report is vacant properties and their impact on the community as well as current efforts and best practices for dealing with vacant properties. The report also drills down into the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, a federal program designed to address the issue of vacant properties, and how it was used in Louisville.
18th Street Corridor Study Report
Expected completion in summer 2012
The 2011 State of Metropolitan Housing Report examines the links between environmental issues and housing in the Louisville area, including vacant properties and brownfields, access to greenspace, exposure to environmental harms, location efficiency, and energy-efficient public housing.
The handbook provides information to aid in the design and development of schoolyards in Kentucky. It describes the schoolyard concept, identifies examples and best practices, and provides an outline for how to conduct a participatory schoolyard redesign process driven by community input. It outlines what issues need to be considered when designing a schoolyard and outdoor learning spaces, describes features often included in schoolyards and outdoor classrooms, and offers strategies for implementing the resulting design, particularly maintenance and sustainability issues, fundraising, and utilization of community resources. The report also raises the environmental questions that need to be considered throughout the various phases of the design and construction process. The handbook was developed and authored in partnership with the University of Louisville's City Solutions Center.
The 2010 State of Metropolitan Housing Report provides a housing policy roadmap for Louisville Metro. The report 1) defines local housing policy topics and related concepts, 2) reviews the research on each concept to determine how effective they are in practice, and 3) provides examples and case studies of these policies in practice, both in Louisville and in other U.S. cities. Ultimately, the report provides an outline for which issues local and state housing policies should address, which policies and strategies have been successful, and the most effective ways to implement these policies and strategies to provide fair and affordable housing for all members of the Louisville community.
The purpose of this document is to familiarize the reader with the concept of wet growth and tools for dealing with wet growth in community settings. Many Kentuckians have become aware that their growth practices have implications for valuable water resources. As a result, local communities increasingly concern themselves with the impacts of land use on our waters and with identifying policies and practices that are healthy and sustainable when it comes to water quality, water supply, and overall water-based environments. This document is a summary of Kentucky Wet Growth Tools for Sustainable Development: A Handbook on Land Use and Water for Kentucky Communities.
The purpose of the Jeffersonville Housing Inventory Study was to provide a complete inventory of residential structures in the historic city center of Jeffersonville, Indiana. An original housing inventory survey was created for the study by the research team in partnership with Jeffersonville city officials to record the location, exterior condition, and other physical and architectural characteristics of each residential structure. The data from the survey process was then used to create a comprehensive housing database for the city. The property conditions and attributes were then analyzed and mapped to provide the city with a detailed account of housing conditions in historic Jeffersonville.
The 2009 State of Metropolitan Housing Report examines changes over time in the Louisville area on a number of housing indicators, including foreclosures, the production of affordable housing, homelessness, federal funding for housing programs, housing costs, and the location of subsidized housing, among others.
The 2008 State of Metropolitan Housing Report examines utilities cost and energy efficiency as a component of housing affordability in the Louisville area.
Using available property valuation authority information, this case study of the economic effects of Waterfront Park’s development on adjacent land in Louisville, Kentucky shows that a significant improvement can be shown on adjacent land values due to public sector interventions. It is also found that these effects are not limited to immediately adjacent properties but extend to off-site properties as well although the change in improvement diminishes with distance to the park amenity.
The report examines the agriculture industry, economic development, and land-use practices in Clark County. The study is broken down into six parts: (1) a demographic profile of the people of Clark County to gain a better understanding of population trends and statistics that are directly related to the economy, such as income and jobs; (2) the county’s agricultural industry, including crop and livestock production, revenue and expense, and agri-tourism; (3) an economic analysis and how competitive business and industry in Clark County is when compared to larger regions; (4) a look at what it cost to convert farmland to residential uses, with a focus on utilities, roads, and public services; (5) strategies for farmland preservation which include reusing and redeveloping brownfields, as well as examples of policies and programs that have been successfully implemented across the country; and (6) an analysis of Clark County’s current land use. This report was produced at the request of Jeffersonville Main Street.
The 2007 State of Metropolitan Housing Report examines the relationship between housing and transportation in the Louisville region, including transportation access, costs to households, and public funding.
This report discusses strategies and tools for the creative development of policies that encourage brownfield redevelopment and smart growth outcomes. These tools are flexible and can be combined in various ways depending upon the needs and desires of a community, and can create a climate in which smart growth principles come to be expected and brownfields redevelopment is supported.
The 2006 State of Metropolitan Housing Report examines planning and zoning in Louisville Metro and how it impacts the development and location of affordable housing.