Covington returns to the One Stop Shop program

Posted on November 30, 2012
Following a recent vote by the Covington City Commission, Northern Kentucky’s largest city returned to NKAPC’s collaborative One Stop Shop codes administration program on October 24. Building and electric permits and inspections in Covington are now part of the program that serves 14 jurisdictions in Kenton County.

“We’re very pleased to be part of a countywide approach to permitting and inspections,” said Larry Klein, Covington city manager.  “The combination of the One Stop Shop program and the convenience for our residents and businesses of being able to continue applying for their permits at Covington City Hall made this a real win-win for us”.

The One Stop Shop program unites the codes administration programs of most Kenton County local governments: building—both local and state-level jurisdiction; zoning; property maintenance; and code enforcement in a structural framework that benefits those jurisdictions and the people they serve. It also provides staff support for the jurisdictions’ boards of adjustment and code enforcement boards where they exist.

The program is built on NKAPC’s “critical mass” of professionals, providing economies of scale that are impossible for local jurisdictions to match and levels of service the local jurisdictions can’t afford.

One Stop Shop locates the primary responsibility for these programs under one roof. As this relates to construction, all applications, all fee payments, all permits, and all requests for inspections are handled from one location, one phone number, and one website. Differing fee schedules from city to city, charges at both city hall and NKAPC for the same project, and multiple interpretations of the same building code requirement were eliminated when the program began in 2005.

“We’re happy to have Covington back in the program,” said Dennis Gordon, FAICP, NKAPC’s executive director.  “Governments at all levels are looking for ways to be more efficient with the funds they have available to them.  The One Stop Shop program continues to prove that collaboration on efforts like this makes sense and saves tax dollars.”

More information about the One Stop Shop program is available on the NKAPC and One Stop Shop program websites.


Direction 2030 Goals and Objectives

Posted on October 29, 2012

Direction 2030: Your Voice. Your Choice.  – a comprehensive planning effort for Kenton County is moving into a third round of public meetings to discuss  the statement of  goals and objectives..

The preparation of goals and objectives is an important step in the planning process as it represents a collective vision for Kenton County.  Upon the completion of these statements, Kenton County’s 20 legislative bodies and the Kenton County Planning Commission will consider them for adoption.

The first of the two meetings will be held at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 2407 Dixie Highway on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  This Goals and Objectives Workshop will provide the opportunity for the public, various interest groups and organizations to comment on the draft goals and objectives and make suggestions to strengthen these guiding principles for our community.  This will be the last scheduled meeting for acquiring input prior to the draft being finalized.

In addition to the workshop, legislative bodies or organizations that wish to have a more focused group discussion on the draft may arrange to do so before or during the session.  Please contact Sharmili Reddy at sreddy@nkapc.org for further information on scheduling a focused group discussion.

The second of the two meetings will be a Capstone Meeting held on Monday, November 12, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Community Christian School, 11875 Taylor Mill Road, Independence.  This open house format meeting will present the final statement of goals and objectives to the public before it is considered each of Kenton County’s legislative bodies and the Kenton County Planning Commission.


NKAPC employee elected as KAMP Treasurer

Posted on October 26, 2012
Tom East, Senior GIS Specialist with NKAPC, was elected as the new treasurer for the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP) at the 2012 Kentucky GIS Conference held in Louisville from September 26-28, 2012.

KAMP is an organization composed of individuals from government, academia, and the private sector. Its mission is to foster an understanding of geospatial information throughout the commonwealth, and to improve management of geospatial data wherever it may be used. KAMP also seeks to provide a mechanism for dialogue regarding geospatial information issues of concern and interest to all Kentucky professionals involved in the collection, processing, analysis, use and maintenance of geospatial information.

East is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and has been employed by NKAPC for 22 years. He has a total of 35 years of experience in the field of GIS, working at the federal, state and local levels.

NKAPC sets holiday closing schedule for 2013

Posted on October 26, 2012
NKAPC offices will be closed on the following days in 2013: 01 January (New Year’s Day), 21 January (Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday), 18 February (Presidents’ Day), 27 May (Memorial Day), 04 July (Independence Day), 02 September (Labor Day), 21-22 November (Thanksgiving Holiday), 24-25 December (Christmas Holiday), 31 December (New Year’s Eve).

The NKAPC website is available 24/7/365, providing answers to virtually all of our most often-asked questions.

LINK-GIS website virus; staff works at improvements

Posted on October 26, 2012
Since 2003 the LINK-GIS website has been utilized by a myriad of surveyors, appraisers, engineers, realtors, local officials and mapping enthusiasts. And in that time its users have seen many changes and upgrades. Our goal for the website is to provide excellent service from the convenience of a home or office.

With much regret and mystery the LINK-GIS website was down from September 5th through the 13th. As the GIS team currently works to bring the site back up to the full functionality that everyone enjoys and expects, this outage was used as a chance to step forward with upgrades to the server, as well as create redundancy in the system. LINK-GIS also upgraded several software versions, which included the mapping, programming and spatial data engine (SDE) software.

What does this mean to our customers? This means faster maps, increased data reporting, less down time, upgraded services, ease of use, more data, and certainly fewer outages.

LINK-GIS is dedicated to service and appreciates your patience and support during this problematic time. If there is anything you need or service you would like to request please do not hesitate to contact us at 859-331-8980.

Covington becomes newest LINK-GIS contributor

Posted on October 26, 2012
LINK-GIS would like to welcome the City of Covington as a new contributing partner.
By becoming a contributor to the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) the city will receive the following benefits:
• LINK-GIS data updates on a quarterly basis;
• Eighty total hours of access to the NKAPC GIS department;
• Customization of daily GIS functions;
• Group discount on ESRI software and training;
• Forty hours dedicated to Internet Map and GPS customization; and
• Designated NKAPC staff contact person.
The City of Covington realizes the critical role that geography plays when growing and planning a city and its services. For that reason Covington has chosen to leverage GIS to make better more informed decisions. The cost of a GIS contributor is $5,000.

If your city is interested in becoming a contributor today, please call Trisha Brush at 331-8980.

Erlanger signs zoning district contract

Posted on October 26, 2012
In August 2012, the City of Erlanger appointed a steering committee comprised of stakeholders to implement new form-based zoning regulations along Commonwealth Avenue on the east side of I-71/75. The city recognizes the potential for redevelopment in the project area and it is the desire of the city council to establish a vision for future development by examining and utilizing input from property owners, stakeholders, and general public in an effort to better market the area for development proposals which will better utilize the land to its highest and best use. The project has been given the name “Commonwealth Station”.

Form-based zoning regulations differ from conventional zoning in a number of ways. Form-based codes foster predictable built results and a high-quality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code. They are regulations, not mere guidelines, adopted into city or county law. Form-based codes offer a powerful alternative to conventional zoning.

Form-based zoning Conventional zoning

Create mixed-use districts
Allow a variety of permitted uses
Make it possible to walk to parks, shops, schools
Reduces land consumption
Streets designed for pedestrians
Increases efficiency of transit
Variety of housing options
Increase and regulate density
Defaults to walkable urbanism
Dispersed uses with a few distinct centers
Spatial separation of key daily activities
Excessive car travel between uses
Excessive land consumption
Streets designed for cars rather than people
No convenient, cost effective transit
Limited choice in housing supply
Fear of density
Default to suburban, auto-dependent development

Form-based codes address the relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. The regulations and standards in form-based codes are presented in both words and clearly drawn diagrams and other visuals. They are keyed to a regulating plan that designates the appropriate form and scale (and therefore, character) of development, rather than only distinctions in land-use types.

This approach contrasts with conventional zoning's focus on the micromanagement and segregation of land uses, and the control of development intensity through abstract and uncoordinated parameters (e.g., floor area ratio, dwellings per acre, setbacks, parking ratios, traffic level of service), to the neglect of an integrated built form. Not to be confused with design guidelines or general statements of policy, form-based codes are regulatory, not advisory. They are drafted to implement a community plan. The goal is to try to achieve a community vision based on time-tested forms of urbanism. Ultimately, a form-based code is a tool; the quality of development outcomes depends on the quality and objectives of the community plan that a code implements.

The vision will be determined by a design charrette, a very intense two-day design process that is open to the public. As ideas are generated, drawings, sketches, and computer graphics are generated to visually display potential scenarios. As the charrette continues, the vision becomes more and more refined until a final vision is realized. It will then be up to a steering committee that has been appointed by the City of Erlanger to work with this vision and to craft regulations that will best implement the vision.

The City of Erlanger signed a contract with NKAPC for staff to facilitate the process of developing form-based zoning regulations. Under the contract, the city will be responsible for funding the project, which includes NKAPC staff and resources. This contract represents one of the last contracts where a 75 percent discount for all NKAPC costs is offered.

For more information or to provide comments, please email Andy Videkovich at avidekovich(at)nkapc.org.

OKI Regional Policy Survey

Posted on October 26, 2012
The OKI Regional Council of Governments is updating a strategic policy plan in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana, and they want to hear from you about your opinons. OKI’s original policy plan aimed to improve quality of life and service to the public in the region. Much has changed since the plan was adopted in 2005. With this update, OKI is re-visiting some strategic issues and considering others for the first time, and is inviting public feedback through a brief questionnaire that takes about 5 minutes to complete. The questionnaire can be found at howdowegrow.org and will be available until the end of the year.


Comp plan’s Goals and Objectives

Posted on October 25, 2012
Meetings with the public, small groups, elected officials, task forces and cities have been the focus of planners working on the Direction 2030 project for the past year. Approximately 65 input sessions have been held to date - an unprecedented amount of public engagement for comprehensive planning efforts in Kenton County. The collected input is currently being analyzed and used in the preparation of the statement of goals and objectives (G&Os) which serves as the guide for policies and implementation measures in the comprehensive plan.

The first statement of goals and objectives for Kenton County were prepared during the adoption of the first comprehensive plan in 1972. The G&Os while reviewed every five years has essentially remained the same for the last 40 years. The economic and demographic changes of the last decade have necessitated the review and rework of these goals and objectives. As part of the Direction 2030: Your Voice Your Choice project, a joint task force of about 30 members has reviewed and discussed broad goal concepts based on their varied expertise and more importantly public input. These broad goal concepts are currently being transformed into countywide goals and objectives.

Public engagement has been the focus of the Direction 2030 effort and will continue to be through the G&Os phase. A public work session will be held on Wednesday, November 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 2407 Dixie Highway in Fort Mitchell. A draft of the G&Os will be presented to the attendees for their comments. Additional focused small group meetings with interested organizations is also being planned prior to and as part of the work session. Input received at this work session will be used to revise the G&Os and will be presented the following week at a capstone meeting on Monday, November 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the Community Christian School located at 11875 Taylor Mill Road in Independence.

 “This is a critical step in the planning process. This is the phase when we strive to achieve a common set of goals and objectives that Kenton County residents and elected officials can embrace as one vision for the county,” said Dennis Gordon, FAICP, NKAPC’s executive director.

Following the public review of the G&Os they will be submitted to the Kenton County Planning Commission (KCPC). The KCPC will send the draft G&Os to each of the 19 Kenton County legislative bodies. State law gives each of the legislative bodies 90 days to review the G&Os and decide on actions. The KCPC will then hold a public hearing prior to considering adoption of the G&Os into the Direction 2030 plan. This process, including the 90-day review period, is expected to take five months beginning in January 2013.

Additional information on these meetings will be available on the project website, direction2030.org.





FY13 budget continues downward trend

Posted on July 20, 2012
NKAPC’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 is built on a number of growing trends related to both revenues and expenditures for the organization. Those trends were highlighted for city and county elected officials last month during the discussion that led to them approving it.
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