for the amount of protected land in Kentucky, and click here
to review Kentucky's federal transportation spending.
Paul E. Patton
Center on the States &
Changing Direction: Federal Transportation
Spending in the 1990s. Surface
Transportation Policy Project
to read Governor Paul Patton's 2001 State of the State address.
For an overview of Kentucky's planning and
zoning statutes, see the excellent summary provided by the American
Agricultural District Program
The Division of Conservation administers the
Agricultural District Program as passed by the 1982 General Assembly.
Kentucky's law allows landowners who own 250 or more acres in agricultural
use to petition their local conservation districts for the creation of
agricultural districts. The goals of the agricultural district law are
to protect our best agricultural land for fiber production and to prevent
its conversion to nonagricultural usage.
Institutional Conservation Program (ICP)
(Grants for Schools & Hospitals)
The Institutional Conservation Program
(ICP) awards 50/50 matching grants to public and private non-profit schools
and hospitals to complete detailed engineering analyses of buildings and
to install those cost-effective energy conservation measures recommended
in the engineering study. Guidelines for this program are outlined in the
ICP Kentucky State Plan. Copies of the plan are available upon request.
Urban and Community Forestry
The Division of Forestry provides technical assistance
to individuals, service organizations, nonprofit groups, and communities
in establishing tree boards, tree ordinances, street tree surveys, tree
planting and maintenance, insect and disease problems, and grant administration.
Formal community forestry programs exist in 57
Bicycle and Bikeway Commission
The BBC is attached to the Transportation Cabinet
in the Governor's Office and advises the Governor on relevant issues to
the Kentucky bicycling public.
Interagency Farmland Advisory Commission
Reviews state and local government agencies in
taking more than 50 acres of farmland and converting it to other uses and
from this review makes recommendations to the Governor. The Commission
exists to protect farmland.
Contact info: 5th Floor, Capital Plaza
Tower, Frankfort, KY 40601
Bluegrass Tomorrow brings regional vision to
shape growth planning actions affecting the seven counties of central Kentucky
-- Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford. Recognizing
the need for a viable economy, a protected environment, and livable communities,
Bluegrass Tomorrow works for solutions that balance the need for growth
with the preservation of the region's unique scenic qualities.
We accomplish our aims by bringing private sector,
non-profit leadership to promote regional dialogue and collaborative goal-setting,
to facilitate public and private sector cooperation.
Southern Growth Policies Board
The Southern Growth Policies Board prepares and
keeps current a statement of regional objectives, including recommended
approaches to regional problems. The Board concentrates in the following
· The planning and programming of projects
of interstate or regional significance.
· The planning and scheduling of governmental
· Measures for influencing population
use, development of new communities and redevelopment
of existing ones.
· Transportation patterns and systems
of interstate and regional significance.
· Improved utilization of human and natural
resources for the advancement of the region as a whole
Contact Person- Dr. Stephen D. House, Institution
for Economic Development
Executive Assistant to the President
Van Meter Hall 212 - Western Kentucky University,
Bowling Green KY 42101
"Agency can't OK innovative subdivisions Justices:
Panel lacks authority,"
Louisville Courier-Journal. May 1, 2001.
"Growth seen in use of conservation easements
in state," Louisville
Courier-Journal. May 11, 2001.
In October 1999, the Subcommittee on Planning
and Land-use of the state general assembly released a sketch of its Blueprint
for a New Century of Growth in Kentucky. The report is the culmination
of two years of work by the subcommittee, and it will be embodied in a
bill to be introduced in late 1999 by State Rep. Jim Wayne. The legislation
is expected to require local plans to be submitted to the state within
three years of adoption of the act. New laws in 1998 allow for the establishment
of local purchase of development rights programs; address the siting of
cellular communication facilities; and address zoning code enforcement
The Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation
released its second annual "Eleven in the Eleventh Hour"; its list of the
most endangered historic properties in Central Kentucky. The properties
on the endangered list are based on several factors, including historic
significance, proximity to proposed or current development, lack of protection
from demolition, the condition of the structure, and architectural significance.
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