What's New?

Four cities modernize their zoning codes with assistance from PDS

A new era of planning and zoning in Kenton County launched in Spring 2021 with the unveiling of an ordinance that creates a modern and more user-and business-friendly zoning code.

The Kenton County Z21 effort updates existing zoning codes that were adopted decades ago with a flexible, streamlined and simpler ordinance that communities throughout the county can customize to meet their individual needs.

The City of Villa Hills was the first community in Kenton County embracing the new zoning ordinance. Subsequently, the Cities of Independence, Erlanger and Elsmere have also updated their codes. 

Along with more ease of use, standardized code sections and the ability of communities and customize the code to meet its needs, other benefits include:

  • Improved efficiency, flexibility, simplicity and predictability;

  • An online platform that can be easily searched and cross-referenced;

  • A streamlined approval process;

  • Utilizing Link-GIS to ensure existing neighborhoods match the new zoning standards;

  • Protecting the unique character of compatible infill development through architectural standards for commercial and residential buildings and infill development incentives;

  • Protecting environmental, cultural and historic resources through floodplain hillside development standards, tree preservation requirements, stream buffers.

The newly adopted codes for these cities may be viewed Here