Planning for the South Floyds Fork Area Plan

APA Kentucky Chapter


Friday, September 29, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

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This session will review the South Floyds Fork Area Study, which is still in its initial stages, and afford attending planners an opportunity to provide input on potential planning outcomes.  The Floyds Fork Study Area is located in the southeast portion of Louisville Metro/Jefferson County, and is bounded on the north by Shelbyville Road (US 60), on the east by the County line, on the south by Bardstown Road (US 31E) and on the west by the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265).  This 65 square mile area is characterized by a slow transition from an agricultural or undeveloped area, to rural and eventually suburban residential.  Floyds Fork, one of the least disturbed streams in Metro Louisville, bisects the study area flowing from north to south.  Recently, along this stream a 4,000 acre linear park system, known as the Parklands of Floyds Fork, has been completed, representing the largest investment in new parks and open space in the country at $125 million.  This 25 mile long linear park system provides walking and biking trails, canoeing and paddling, playgrounds, sports fields, gardens, fishing, and event facilities with 3 million visits expected in 2017.


Louisville Metro Planning Staff will present information to include the planning process, research and current conditions, the relationship of the study area to the rest of Louisville Metro, scenario planning, and existing plans that affect prospective development within the study area.  The objective of the area study is to plan to best facilitate the use of the park while protecting sensitive environmental resources.  South Floyds Fork provides a historic opportunity for proactive community planning in Louisville Metro, organized around a new public resource, the Parklands of Floyds Fork.  Kentucky planners are invited to provide their expertise toward this effort.


Michael King

Michael King is an Urban Planner with Louisville Metro’s Office of Advanced Planning. He has worked in Louisville Metro Government for the past 11 years. He has facilitated the creation, adoption, and implementation of numerous neighborhood plans in Louisville. Michael plays a key role in Louisville’s multi-modal initiatives ... Read More

Dante St. Germain

Dante St. Germain works as a Planner I at Louisville Metro's Office of Planning and Design Services. She holds a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Louisville, and has several years of experience in ... Read More

Gretchen Milliken

Gretchen Milliken is an architect and city planner, currently the Director of Advanced Planning for Louisville Forward, a division of Louisville Metro Government. A transplant from Stockholm, Sweden where Urban Planning is synonymous with smart growth and sustainability, Gretchen brings a holistic approach to urban planning and design with a ... Read More

Emily Liu, AICP

Emily Liu is the Director of Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services, an agency that is responsible for current planning, transportation review coordination, zoning enforcement, urban design & historic preservation throughout Metro Louisville. Her office maintains and monitors compliance with the Comprehensive Plan, the Land Development Code, and manages 18 Boards/Commissions ... Read More

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