This map shows the stretch of Lexington Road that the moratorium would affect. | Courtesy of Google Maps

A proposed moratorium, which would temporarily press pause on development along a section of Lexington Road, is headed to the full Louisville Metro Council for a vote.

The moratorium, proposed by Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9), would prevent people from submitting any applications for rezoning, conditional use permits, subdivisions, and Category 2B and 3 development plans for a period of 180 days. If passed, the moratorium would apply only to properties that abut Lexington Road, from Baxter Avenue to just past Spring Street, where Lexington Road and Beargrass Creek intersect for the second time.

“Our intention is not to hold up all development along this stretch, but just make sure the development is compatible,” Hollander told his fellow Planning/Zoning, Land Design and Development Committee members.

The properties along that portion of Lexington Road have a variety of zoning, everything from residential to heavy industrial. Sixteen of the properties, according to Hollander’s research, are zoned commercial or industrial, and all have different owners. Meanwhile, along that same stretch, tenants are starting to move into a large luxury apartment complex, Axis on Lexington.

Councilman Bill Hollander, D-9

Instituting the moratorium will give the city time to conduct a land use study and possibly make changes to prevent incompatible developments from popping up. The study will help Irish Hill be “a well-planned and cohesive neighborhood,” according to the moratorium ordinance.

Emily Liu, director of Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services, said a study could take longer than 180 days to complete as the city would outsource the work, which would mean the moratorium would likely need to be extended in the future.

There are currently no plans for any major developments along the stretch of road that the moratorium would impact, Liu said.

The ordinance passed out of the committee with a vote of 4 to 2. Councilmen Scott Reed (R-16) and Glen Stuckel (R-17) voted against the moratorium.

Because no major developments are in the works, there is plenty of time to conduct the land use study without a moratorium, Stuckel said. “It’s in my DNA to be against all moratoriums. There is nothing in the pipeline. There is nothing even proposed.”

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