Step 2: Formal Application

Once the pre-application review has occurred, the meeting with adjoining property owners and neighborhood groups has taken place, and the Louisville Metro review agencies have preliminarily approved the proposal, the owner/developer may formally file for rezoning. A case number will be assigned to the case. You should reference this number in further correspondence with the Planning Commission or staff. From this point, the procedure moves along fairly rapidly, so it is critical to review the file regularly for changes and additions. The file is available at Planning and Design Services, 444 S. 5th Street, Suite 300, during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.). Once the rezoning application is filed, Metro Council members and Planning Commissioners are not allowed to discuss the matter with any interested party (including the developer, attorney, or citizens). You can send letters, petitions, and other information to the Planning and Design Services office where it will become part of the official record and copies will be provided to all Planning Commission members.

Site Inspection
Planning and Design Services staff, along with some members of the Planning Commission, conduct a site inspection to assess the impact of the proposed development on the surrounding area. They evaluate the proposal in terms of its effect on roads and traffic patterns, its compatibility with the neighborhood, and its impact on natural and historical features in the area. The plan is also reviewed to determine if it is in compliance with the guidelines of the Comprehensive Plan.


Additional information about rezoning in Louisville:

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

You can register with Planning and Design Services to receive notice of all filings in your Metro Council District.

Agendas for Planning Commission and Land Development & Transportation Committee meetings are usually posted the Friday before the following week’s meeting. The agendas can be accessed here.

Click here to open the Land Development Code, and here for Cornerstone 2020.

Click here to link to the LOJIC webpage to learn about the zoning designation of a specific property.

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.

Need more information? Call Planning and Design Services at (502) 574-6230