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Posted on April 29, 2020

Our staff will continue to serve Kenton County residents and businesses remotely from their homes across the metro area and beyond for the near future. This includes all services assigned to the organization by state law, interlocal agreements, partnerships, and contracts for professional services.

We extend the procedures that have been in place since March 16th to maintain the health of our staff and their families and to protect the well being of our customers.

Applicants for most of our review processes may submit required paperwork and fees through one of our online portals, precluding the need to interact face to face with staff. Please direct your questions regarding these processes or any other matter to them as usual—at 859.331.8980, Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM. Virtual meetings are an option staff can initiate as needed.

Staff is working diligently to keep turnaround times on applications and inspection requests in line with those processed before the COVID-19 lockdown. Permit applications should be submitted online, and staff will review drawings and return comments online. Requests for building inspections should be called in as usual.

Applications and appeals scheduled for public hearings before the planning commission, boards of adjustment, and code enforcement boards are being scheduled using online virtual meeting platforms. Meetings of the PDS Council and Management Board are as well. Agendas for these meetings and the URLs needed to attend these virtual meetings may be found on PDS’ website—www.pdskc.org.

Declarations and events will prompt changes to these parameters without much notice. If that happens, we will distribute those changes via our website and our social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter.

We continue to welcome feedback on all PDS programs, policies, and procedures. Use the satisfaction survey on our website to provide your comments.

Effective:   05.01.20

Kenton County Declares a State of Emergency

Posted on March 13, 2020

COVINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2020) – Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann has declared a proclamation of local emergency for Kenton County, Kentucky due to the growing public health impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

What does this mean? This proclamation allows emergency services to activate internal processes for local and inter-jurisdictional disaster emergency planning and purchasing.

What does it NOT mean? This does not mean that schools, business, churches and other like organizations have to close. It is at the discretion of each entity to make the decision whether or not to remain in operation.

“Kenton County has been working with our local partners in response to COVID-19 in order to best protect our community” stated Judge/Executive Knochelmann.  “Residents are encouraged to check the County’s website regularly for local and state updates from the Health Department and the office of the Governor. Please keep your family and neighbors in mind going forward, and we will emerge stronger as a community on the other side of this event.”

Community members are encouraged to follow the Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKYHD) guidelines to protect against COVID-19 including:

·     Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

·     Stay home when you feel sick.

·     Get the flu vaccine.

·     Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

·     Properly cover your sneeze and cough with a tissue, then throw away the used tissue.

·     Frequently disinfect objects and surfaces with a cleaner that you typically use.

·     Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

If you are feeling ill, please contact your physician first before going to the emergency room.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, visithttps://nkyhealth.org/individual-orfamily/health-alerts/coronavirus/ or following the NKYHD on Facebook (@nkyhealth) and Twitter (@nkyhealth).

PDS has moved to Covington!

Posted on September 23, 2019

PDS has made the official move to our new Covington location! We're still settling in, but we're open for business.

Come to the 3rd floor front desk for Infrastructure Engineering and GIS departments. Planning & Zoning and Building Codes are on the 4th floor. 

The Kenton County Planning Commission, PDS Management Board, and PDS Council will now be holding their hearings here in the Kenton County Chambers on the 2nd floor at their regular scheduled date and time. 

1840 Simon Kenton Way, Suite 3400
Covington, KY  41011-2999






From I-71/75 N
• Take the 12th Street/MLK exit
• At the intersection, cross MLK onto Simon Kenton Way
• Entrance to new county building is on the right

From I-71/75 S
• Take the 12th Street/MLK exit
• At MLK, turn left and go under the expressway
• Turn left onto Simon Kenton Way
• Entrance to new county building is on the right


Public Open House for southern Kenton County

Posted on July 15, 2019
The Kenton County Fiscal Court is holding a public open house on July 22, 2019 to display findings of a research effort for the future of southern Kenton County. If you live, work, play, or learn in southern Kenton County, please plan to attend the meeting anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 22, 2019 at Piner Baptist Church (15044 Madison Pike, Morning View, KY 41063).

Over the last several months, the Fiscal Court has been working with Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS) staff to conduct in-depth research for the south Kenton area. The effort has reviewed everything from natural features to the location of infrastructure to gain as clear a picture as possible before moving from research to the planning phase. Now, the county would like to get your input on the research to date and any additional research needs before moving to the next phase of the project.

To best display the research, a public open house will be held to provide participants an opportunity to learn about topics in-depth, ask questions of staff, and provide input for official consideration. As the meeting is an open house, people can come any time that is convenient between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

This meeting is part of an ongoing project seeking to update the Direction 2030 comprehensive plan for all communities in Kenton County. This specific meeting will present research on existing conditions, describe trends that could impact southern Kenton County, and establish a foundation for updating the plan for the unincorporated area in the next phase of the project. The associated research builds upon public involvement efforts that started in 2011, continued via surveys that were distributed to all south Kenton County addresses in 2014 and 2016, and is ongoing in the form of the South Kenton Citizens Group.

Direction 2030: Your Voice, Your Choice is a strong public-engagement process intended to prepare Kenton County for the challenges and possibilities of the future. For more information, visit the project website at www.direction2030.org.

Kenton comprehensive plan updated on new schedule

Posted on August 24, 2018

The Kenton County Planning Commission (KCPC) has updated the county’s award-winning comprehensive plan, Direction 2030: Your Voice. Your Choice. after considerable work by the commission’s staff. State law requires that comprehensive plans be reviewed and updated by local planning commissions every five years. The KCPC adopted Direction 2030 in 2014.

Direction 2030 was originally designed to take Kenton County’s planning program in a new direction,” said James Fausz, AICP, Long-Range Planning Manager for PDS of Kenton County. PDS provides professional staff for the Kenton County Planning Commission.

“This latest round of updates continues with the plan’s new path. While the plan’s online-only format was a definite paradigm shift, reviewing and amending the plan more frequently than every five years  allows us to be more responsive to our communities’ needs. These recent amendments are a perfect example of this new direction.”

A number of Kenton County’s elected officials approached PDS staff of late, wanting to update their respective future land use maps. These maps provide direction to elected leaders and the planning commission when they’re faced with rezoning requests.

According to Fausz, the new approach of updating the plan when necessary (but no less frequently than every five years) “allowed us to respond to the cities’ needs in a more timely manner, putting them in the best position to be proactive for the future.”

The recent amendments to Direction 2030:

·        updated the Recommended Land Use map for the Cities of Bromley, Edgewood, Elsmere, Erlanger, Fort Mitchell, Independence, Ludlow, and Ryland Heights;

·        updated several elements to insert recommendations and maps from Kenton Connects, the county’s new bicycle/pedestrian plan;  

·        updated the interactive land use map to reflect the state’s more detailed proposed alignment for KY 536 from Staffordsburg Road to KY 177 and remove a proposed arterial connecting KY 16 and KY 177; and,

·        updated and amended the description for Mixed Use; and, updated the Community Service Areas for Cox Road, KY 16, KY 536, and KY 1303.

Direction 2030 may be found online. Questions should be directed to PDS at 859.331.8980.