Author: Chad Rose

Regional Stakeholders Discuss Future of Regional Land Use Partnership

Seventy-seven regional stakeholders, elected officials, planning commissioners and planning directors met at the Regional Land Use Partnership Summit at the U.K. Hilary J. Boone Center on December 5 and the take-away was a myriad of strategies and action items to begin to develop a strategic plan for the partnership focusing on communication and collaboration between cities, counties, agencies and organizations.

A Vision Statement for the Plan was also thoroughly vetted at the summit and will be released early in 2020.

The Regional Land Use Partnership (RLUP) which was organized and is managed by a collaboration through Bluegrass Tomorrow, the Bluegrass Area Development District, the Bluegrass Land Conservancy, Fayette Alliance, Woodford Forward and Farm Bureau, has created great momentum in a the form of a mutually agreed upon resolution, which contains land use principles of agreement, and has been passed by LFUCG, Bourbon County Fiscal Court, the Lexington/Jessamine Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Midway, the Scott County Planning Commission, and a myriad of others in the works.

The Strategic Plan will be discussed, vetted and drafted by the RLUP committee in the first quarter of 2020.

Mary Berry founder and CEO of the Berry Center, and daughter of Wendell Berry, was the keynote speaker, and focused on advocating for farmers, land-conserving communities, and healthy regional economies.  A series of TED talks on Advocacy, Food, Growth and Housing featured David Tomes developer of the Norton Commons, Ashton Potter Wright of Bluegrass Farm to Table and Brittany Rothemeier of the Fayette Alliance.

Local, State and National Perspectives on land use planning were provide by Billy Van Pelt of American Farmland Trust, Tom Hutchenson from Atalo Holdings on the hemp industry, and Chris Woodall of LFUCG Division of Planning.

2017 Josephine Abercrombie Award for Lifelong Dedication to the Bluegrass Region

Mr. Herbert Miller – Columbia Gas

The Josephine Abercrombie Vision Award is a top honor for Bluegrass Tomorrow. It is not only presented to one who has made a great impact on the region, but also one who improves the quality of life in the Central Kentucky, Bluegrass Region.

Herb Miller of Columbia Gas has been one of the great leaders in the Bluegrass Region over the last two decades, working in everthing from the Partnership for Workforce Development where he won that organization’s first Legacy Award, to his work on the preservation of the Old Fayette County Courthouse, and if you look at all of the great names that have won the Abercrombie Award, and our Legacy Award, you would agree we’re entering Herb into the Bluegrass Tomorrow Hall of Fame.

Herb has had such a profound impact on workforce development, low income families, K-12 and higher education, historic preservation, transportation, economic development, farmland preservation, and human services.  He has touched all of the values of Bluegrass tomorrow.

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