Category: Bluegrass Forever Green

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.

Planning Our Tomorrow- Finding A Balance in Danville/Boyle County

As an outgrowth of the Regional Land Use Partnership, Bluegrass Tomorrow is beginning to offer its expertise to other communities on smart growth principles, and worked with the City of Danville Planning & Zoning and Mayor Mike Perros to facilitate and plan a conference planning for growth, economic development and farmland preservation at Centre College on November 1.

A standing room only crowd of over 100 Boyle County citizens attended this professional conference which focused on providing a unique opportunity to learn more and be part of the process to boldly grow Boyle County in a sustainable, planned manner, discussing strategies to help explore new opportunities for economic development, reimagining downtown Danville, and preserving agriculture.

The event was highlighted by keynote speaker Holly Wiedemann of AU Associates, noted for adaptive reuse projects across Kentucky that have been catalysts for vibrancy in smaller cities and rural communities and opportunities for residential and commercial accelerators.

Dr. Ned Crankshaw of the University of Kentucky Dept. of Landscape Architecture opened the conference with a overview of the principles of smart growth, which was followed by a panel discussion moderated by the American Farmland Trust’s Billy Van Pelt.  Panelists included David Tomes developer of Norton Commons, Clint Quarles from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and Brian Howard Owensboro Planning Director.

Two Concurrent Session periods included choices on Rural Downtown Revitalization, Housing Options, Transportation and Farmland Considerations, Infill Development in Surburan Areas, County-wide Development: Balancing Small Business and Industry Needs, and Reimagining Downtown Danville.  As Downtown Danville is at the beginning of the process of a new downtown master plan, this session was popular and timely.

Report outs and discussion from the concurrent sessions led to facilitated discussion on setting priorities.

Robert Clay Receives Bluegrass Legacy Award at Celebration of the Bluegrass.

Robert Clay, founder and CEO of Three Chimney’s Farm for decades, was joined by several former Bluegrass Tomorrow Board Members from the first decade of the organization, when he was awarded the Bluegrass Legacy Vision Award at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Bluegrass on October 10 at Fasig-Tipton. The Bluegrass Legacy Award is one of Bluegrass Tomorrow’s most prestigious Vision Awards and is presented for life-long service and dedication to the Bluegrass Region.  He was presented the award by his long-time farm manager at Three Chimneys, Dan Rosenberg.

Clay, who was Bluegrass Tomorrow’s first President for 10 years, was joined at the 30th Anniversary Celebration reunion from the original Board of Directors from 1989-1999:  Alex Warren, first Chair of Bluegrass Tomorrow-then President of Toyota (who also made comments), Joe Graves first secretary, Buckner Woodford first treasurer; Board Members:  Bill Hamilton, Hank Graddy, Tim Kelly, Farra Alford, Helen Alexander.  First Executive Director Jean Ward Scott was also in attendance.

All former Chairs of Bluegrass Tomorrow were also present and were introduced including Ben Fister, Bob Hewett, Nelson Maynard, Larry Jones, Kathy Plomin, and current chair Claude Christensen. Chef Ouita Michel also made comments and catered the delicious farm to table meal. She was recognized for winning the Josephine Abercrombie Vision Award two years ago, as she was not able to attend that event.

Robert N. Clay is President CEO of Clay Holding Co, and past president/CEO & Founder of Three Chimney’s Farm in Midway, which he established with his wife Blythe in 1972. One of the founding fathers and first chairman of Bluegrass Tomorrow in 1989, Robert was also a driving force in the creation of the Bluegrass Conservancy and served on its original Board of Directors.  He was also integrally involved in the development of the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program which began in discussions at Bluegrass Tomorrow and the Bluegrass Conservancy. Since the Vision Awards did not begin until the second decade of Bluegrass Tomorrow in 2001, Robert has never been honored with a Vision Award.  The Vision Awards Committee thought it appropriate, in our 30th Anniversary year, that he be presented with The Bluegrass Legacy Award.

 Widely known as one of the world’s preeminent horse farms, Three Chimneys has been home to a number of famous horses including U.S. Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew, U.S. Filly Triple Crown champion Chris Evert, as well as Silver Cham, Chief’s Crown, Genuine Risk, Point Given, Slew o’ Gold, Capote, Smarty Jones, and Big Brown. Always on the cutting edge, Three Chimneys was the first thoroughbred breeding farm to advertise on the Internet.   Robert has also been chair of the Lexington School, member of the Jockey Club, the Keeneland Association Advisory Board, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors, among many others.

Fittingly, the event took place in the Seattle Slew Room at Fasig-Tipton, historically one of Three Chimney’s most important sires.   Over 200 attended the event, and the fund-raiser raised over $14,000 for Bluegrass Tomorrow.

Regional Land Use Champion Campaign

Be a Regional Land Use Champion
Support Our Regional Land Use Planning Initiative!
In Partnership with: Bluegrass Land Conservancy / Bluegrass Area Development District / Woodford Forward / Fayette Alliance

The Bluegrass Regional Land Use Committee, which was continued after a successful “Conversation with the Region on Land Use Planning” event last fall, has continued its work and has now developed draft principles of agreement and Vision Statement for the Region. The number one and two principles that have been adopted:

— There is a fundamental need for land-use planning in the Bluegrass Region.
— There is a fundamental need for better communication in the region between planning agencies, cities, counties….

Support This Unprecedented Effort by being a Bluegrass Land Use Champion! Regional Land Use Champion Levels of Investment:

Bluegrass Visionary Champion $5,000.00
Sustaining Champion $2,500.00
Bluegrass Land Use Champion $1,000.00
Bluegrass Land Use Planning Partner $750.00
Bluegrass Land Use Planning Supporter $500.00

Bluegrass Visionary Champion: $5,000

For the Regional Land Use Planning Initiative & Bluegrass Forever Green Series (BGFG) 2018-19 for one calendar year.
Logo and company name used on all promotion, e-news dissemination, and public relations for all series events as corporate partner. Also, table of 8 at BGFG events.
Also includes: Partnership Trustee in Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Society with all benefits which are accorded with that level of investment.

Partnership Trustee

Partnership Trustee status listing and logo on all Bluegrass Tomorrow printed materials, power points, e-news dissemination web site, at all meetings, speaking engagements, events and public communications during the pledge period.
Logo on all event signage and power points for major events throughout the year.
One preferred table, and recognition, at annual meetings and Vision Awards Breakfast.
Full Page ad in all printed programs and publications, including the Vision Report Magazine, throughout the pledge period.
Partnership Trustee status listing on home page of Bluegrass Tomorrow web-site.

Sustaining Champion:  $2,500

For Regional Land-Use Planning Initiative and Bluegrass Forever Green Series 2018-19 for one calendar year.
Logo and company name used on all promotion, e-news dissemination, and public relations for the series, meetings & events.
Also Includes: Vision Trustee in Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Vision Society with all benefits which are accorded with that level of investment.


Vision Trustee

Vision Society Trustee status listing on all Bluegrass Tomorrow printed materials, power points, e-news dissemination, at all meetings, speaking engagements, events and public communications during the calendar year.
Listing on all event signage for major events throughout the year, including our Vision Awards Breakfast and major Bluegrass Higher Education Presidents Summit and Luncheon events.
One preferred table, and recognition, at BGFG Luncheon or other major event.
Half-page ad in Vision Report Magazine and other BGT programs.

Bluegrass Land Use Planning Champion:  $1,000
Company logo on e-mails, e-news, website and all other collateral materials, related to the Regional Land Use Planning Initiative & BGFG Series for one calendar year.
Quarter page ad in Vision Report Magazine which be distributed on site and to all Bluegrass Tomorrow donors and stakeholders.  Will be utilized for other key events throughout the year.

Bluegrass Land Use Planning Partner:  $750
Company logo on e-mails, e-news, website and all other collateral materials related to the Regional Land Use Planning Initiative & BGFG Series for one calendar year.
Quarter page in in Vision Report Magazine which will be distributed on site and to all Bluegrass Tomorrow donors and stakeholders.  Will be utilized for other key events throughout the year.

Bluegrass Land Use Planning Supporter:  $500strong>
Company logo on e-mails, e-news, website and collateral materials related to the Regional Land Use Planning Initiative & BGFG Series for one calendar year.
Listing in Vision Report Magazine.

The Working Group has been persistent in working on principles of agreement that will lead to continued discussion and collaboration toward a tangible partnership in regional Land Use Planning.  There has never been a better time to get involved in Land Use Planning in our Region

 

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