Grow Smart 101: Growing Our City

Friday, March 12 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Grow Smart 101 is a free, four-week program, February 19-March 12, designed to educate UK students on land-use planning and its relationship to our community’s economic development, environment, and quality-of-life and empower them to be active citizens. Local community leaders and experts speak on issues ranging from our infrastructure, like transportation and sewer systems, to green space and housing affordability. Students do not have to attend every event to participate; however, if they do they will receive a certificate from Fayette Alliance. 

The question is not if we grow, it’s how. Fayette Alliance advocates for smart growth policies that grow our city in a responsible, sustainable and equitable way. This means policies which strike a balance between preserving our irreplaceable Bluegrass farmland and those fostering community driven investment that discourages displacement and houses all of our neighbors. This balance is essential to our city’s success and to the quality of life of all of our citizens.=

We will discuss what smart growth means and why policies that promote community-driven development within our Urban Services Boundary enhance our quality of life and promote economic development. Attendees will learn why and how a strategy of infill and redevelopment can be successful and how our city is addressing needs like housing diversity and affordable housing to house all of our neighbors.

This program is a great opportunity for students interested in becoming community leaders and want to build their resume.


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