Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Park Hills recommends Dixie study for countywide plan

Park Hills City Council has adopted the Park Hills Dixie Study, a small area study recently completed by the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission.

The study, which looked at a half-mile strip of Dixie Highway, now will be recommended to the Kenton County Planning Commission for incorporation into the county comprehensive plan, required by law to be updated in 2011.

The 20- to 30-year vision includes a number of short- and long-term steps meant to increase connectivity, green building principles, re-invention of the city's historic core, and economic success, including:

  • Organizing a committee or development authority to begin study implementation
  • Modifying the city's zoning text and preparing map amendments
  • Creating a tax increment financing (TIF) district to fund the plan
  • Pursuing Dixie Highway improvements and streetscapes
  • Ensuring that green infrastructure and storm water management are incorporated into development decisions
Once a collection of restaurants and dinner clubs, much of the commercial district along Dixie Highway was lost following the construction of I-71/I-75.

To foster responsible redevelopment, the small area study was recommended by the Comprehensive Plan Update 2026: An Areawide Vision for Kenton County, adopted in December 2006.

The planning process included a market analysis, the creation of a 14-member task force, interviews with key players, and three public meetings.