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Butler gets Land Development Code changed to protect neighborhoods

Thursday February 19, 2009

After receiving hundreds of complaints from her constituents and working with Metro Planning & Design and Louisville Metro Police for nearly a year, Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15)has insured that blood plasma centers can no longer locate in residential areas.

An improvement to the Land Development Code, given final approval by Metro Council February 12, now specifically prohibits such centers without first going through the process of obtaining a conditional use permit. Additionally, plasma centers are not allowed to locate in any Neighborhood Form District. Cornerstone 2020, the comprehensive development plan for Louisville Metro, refers to form districts when looking at compatible development. Neighborhood Form Districts cover approximately 70% of Louisville Metro.

“These changes go a long way in easing the numerous concerns of neighborhoods,” said Butler. “Neighborhoods want development that brings positive improvements to the area. This change in code is a step in that direction.”

Butler discovered that plasma centers did not need a conditional use permit or public hearing while in the beginning stages of the University Corridor Study when a company was considering the placement of such a facility within the study area. The Corridor encompasses Third and Fourth Streets between the University of Louisville and Central Avenue – an area primed for redevelopment, according to local economic officials.

The changes now require a conditional use permit and restrict plasma center locations from neighborhoods. The new code does not impact plasma centers located within a hospital or a special Red Cross blood drive.

"This change is a large improvement for the public and police," said Major Steve Green, 4th Division LMPD. "We were happy to work with Councilwoman Butler to get the changes.”

“Anytime we can work together to combat businesses that have a negative impact on the community, it is a win for all -- residents, police and businesses,” said Butler.

Marianne Butler (D) 15