Step 4: Planning Commission

The Louisville Metro Planning Commission is charged by statutes to administer zoning regulations. For rezoning requests, the Planning Commission holds a public hearing and votes to recommend approval or denial to the proper legislative body. Hearings provide the developer, supporters, and opponents an opportunity to present their case in a public forum.

1.  Once the date of a Public Hearing is set by the LD&T Committee, you are required to send public notification to adjoining property owners and neighborhood group representatives by mail. Neighbors must be sent notification 34 days prior to the Public Hearing. Click here for additional information on public notices and here for the affidavit of notification. Also, two other forms of public notification are required: signs posted on the property and legal ads in the Courier-Journal  newspaper.


2.  The Case Manager conducts a site inspection of the property to assess the impact of the proposed development on the surrounding area and prepares a staff report at least 6 days prior to the Public Hearing. The staff report is provided in advance to Planning Commissioners for their review and, together with the meeting agenda, is usually posted the Friday before the following week’s meeting here.


3.  The Planning Commission holds the Public Hearing. Public Hearings are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Old Jail Building located at 514 W. Liberty Street. Occasionally, petitions will be granted to move the meeting time and/or location. Often, there are multiple cases on the agenda to be reviewed. Routinely, the staff person assigned to the case has 5 minutes to outline the plan, the applicant and supporters have 10 minutes to argue for it, and opponents have 10 minutes to argue against it. Click here for additional information on Public Hearings.


4.  At the close of the Public Hearing for your rezoning request, the Planning Commission votes to recommend approval or denial to the proper legislative body. The recommendation is based on your presentation at the Hearing, public testimony, and the staff report.


5.  At the following Planning Commission meeting (usually two weeks later), the Minutes from your Public Hearing are approved. Once this happens, the file is transmitted to the proper legislative body for a final decision.

Additional information about rezoning in Louisville:

Click here for a one-page overview of the rezoning process.

Anyone interested in requesting a zoning change or viewing any public records on rezoning requests may come to the Planning and Design Services office (444 S. 5th Street, Suite 300, Louisville, 40202) Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Click here to open the Land Development Code.

Click here to link to the LOJIC webpage, if you are interested in finding your zoning.