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Building Safety Month focuses on benefits of building codes

May is Building Safety Month. Sponsored by the International Code Council and International Code Council Foundation, the annual campaign to highlight building safety reminds the public about the critical role of our communities’ largely unknown guardians of public safety––our local code officials––who assure us of safe, efficient, and livable buildings. “Code Officials-Partners in Community Safety and Economic...

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Geotechnical requirements providing guidance for new streets

Much has been written and said about Kenton County’s now two-year-old subdivision regulations and the specifications it includes for new street construction. One of the main reasons for the increased focus is the application of geotechnical engineering testing and reporting standards included in the regulations. “Staff recommended increasing the geotechnical engineering standards in the subdivision development process from the beginn...

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GIS staffer recognized for design work in national competition

A national panel of judges selected an entry designed by Louis Hill, AICP, GISP, PDS’ geospatial data analyst, as the best in this year’s GIS Certification Institute’s annual map competition. The theme of this year’s contest was “Disaster Response” and entries were required to show how GIS could be, or has been used in a disaster response scenario. Maps could show disaster preparation; the use of GIS during...

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Staff assumes role with county economic development group

Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann formed a site readiness taskforce in 2016 to analyze land in the county and identify parcels for industrial development. The taskforce membership includes representatives from Kenton County Fiscal Court, PDS, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, the Northern Kentucky Water District, Duke Energy, REDI Cincinnati, SD1, and citizen stakeholders. PDS and TRI-ED have been tasked with looking at areas in Kenton C...

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Small area study, cell tower regulations take top state honors

The Kenton County Planning Commission (KCPC) has shown once again that it is a leader in planning in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Two major PDS-managed projects won top honors from the American Planning Association Kentucky Chapter (APA-KY) in its 2017 annual planning awards competition. Kenton County’s Regulations for Cellular Antenna Towers and Small Cell System Towers earned the Outstanding Project/Program Tool Award and the recentl...

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