Grow Smart 101: Responsible Infrastructure
Friday, March 5 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.
Infrastructure is the foundation of our city and a key element in considering how our city can and should grow. Our Urban Services Boundary was put into place in 1958 as an infrastructure boundary and a way to focus resources for infrastructure like sewer, roads, etc. in and around our city core. Limiting the sprawl of expensive city infrastructure is critical to sustainable and equitable growth and a high quality of life for all Lexingtonians, especially for underserved, low-income communities within our city. Attendees will learn how growth policies like infill and redevelopment go hand in hand with infrastructure plans and investments, and how initiatives like the EPA Consent Decree, the Nicholasville Road Corridor Study, the Complete Streets initiative and others are working to improve and enhance our ability as citizens to live, work, and play in Lexington.
This program is a great opportunity for students interested in becoming community leaders and want to build their resume.