The Hills Project



The hills and landscape of Northern Kentucky hold a variety of values and meanings for the people of this community. Land use has been undergoing change. These changes have community implications for quality of life in the short term as well as the long term. Understanding the opportunities and constraints relative to health, safety, and welfare is essential. Public consensus on how to address this change is lacking.

If you have questions about the information presented in these files please contact James Fausz  for further details.

Scientific Opinion Survey
The third public forum on The Hills included discussion on the level of public interest in hillsides. In November and December, NKAPC collaborated with a professor at NKU to pursue a random phone survey to poll residents of Kenton County on that issue. An overview of the type of data that would provide insight into the level of public interest was used as a foundation for the questions pursued. An independent third party administered the phone survey. For Kenton County, a sample size of 300 complete responses was needed to create a scientific survey with a margin of error +/- 6.5%.

December 2010 survey results
Hillside Survey media release

Read Frequently Asked Questions regarding The Hills project.

Public Forum 3
The third public forum was held on September 15, 2010 at Dixie Heights High School, Edgewood to continue the discussion on the future of hillsides in Kenton County. A 16-person panel of design, development, and public policy professionals took part in the forum. Over 50 people were in attendance at this meeting. Bill Scheyer, President of Vision 2015 moderated the forum allowing for interaction between the attendees and the panel. This forum was mainly focused on the topic of hillside conservation.
History of Hillside Discussions handout
Today's Hillside Development Controls handout


Second Public Opinion Survey
A survey focusing on conservation and site design was administered between August 20th and September 6th 2010. Two hundred and five Kenton County residents participated in the online survey.

The results of our latest online survey are now available. Thank you for sharing your opinions regarding hillside conservation. Click here to view the questions and analysis.

Public Forum 2
The second public forum was held on May 4, 2010 at Lakeside Christian Church, Lakeside Park to continue the discussion on the future of hillsides in Kenton County. A 16-person panel of design, development, and public policy professionals took part in the forum. Over 30 people were in attendance at this meeting. Bill Scheyer, President of Vision 2015 moderated the forum allowing for interaction between the attendees and the panel.
History of Hillside Discussions handout
Today's Hillside Development Controls handout

Public Forum 1 
The first public forum was held on December 2, 2009 at Notre Dame Academy, Park Hills to begin the discussion on the future of hillsides in Kenton County. A 16-person panel of design, development, and public policy professionals was formed to take part in the forum. Over 130 people were in attendance to participate in this meeting. A Northern Kentucky University communications professor moderated the forum and the setting allowed the public to ask questions of the panel and the moderator to ask survey questions of the public. An interactive audience response system was used to register there responses.

Below are links to the questions posed by individual audience members as well as the audience responses to the survey questions posed to them throughout the evening. 
Forum survey results 
Questions from forum attendees


First Public Opinion Survey
A survey was posted online for two weeks to obtain public opinion on the future of hillsides in Kenton County. Four hundred Kenton County residents participated in the on-line survey. 
Online survey questions and results- Closed October 2009

Phase 1: UK Department of Landscape Architecture
Fourteen UK students assisted NKAPC to begin the public discussion on hillsides. Three public meetings were held over a four-month period in early 2008. Stakeholder participation and survey activities were used to gather insight and ideas. Collectively, over 200 residents attended these meetings to provide input. Besides helping NKAPC engage the public, students earned a national community service award from the American Institute of Landscape Architects for their work.

Final Preliminary Report, chapters and meeting info