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What is rezoning?

When a property owner wants to use their land in a way that is not currently permitted by the zoning regulations, the owner must request to rezone the property to a classification that permits the desired use or form.  A rezoning is an action that must be approved by a legislative body, such as the Louisville Metro Council. 

If you would like to rezone property that you own and want to learn more about the process, visit the Applicant User Guide

If you are a concerned citizen that would like to learn more about the rezoning process, visit the Citizen User Guide.


What are zoning regulations?

In its traditional sense, zoning regulations are rules that determine how parcels of land may be used.  In some communities, zoning regulations may also address the physical form of structures and how these structures relate to the environment in which they are placed.  These regulations are known as form-based codes. 


Why do we need zoning regulations?

Zoning regulations prevent a paper factory from being placed next to a daycare facility. In other words, zoning locates particular uses or building forms where they are most appropriate. Factors to consider include public utilities, accessibility, and the established development pattern of an area.  These regulations are intended to protect the rights of property owners while promoting the general welfare of the community. 


How is land zoned in Louisville?

The Land Development Code (LDC) is the regulatory document that determines zoning in Louisville.  Since 2003, the LDC has used a two-tier zoning system.  Traditional “use zones” govern permitted uses while 11 overlying “Form Districts” govern urban form and dimensional standards of structures. For more information on Louisville's zoning districts, click here


Additional information about rezoning in Louisville:

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

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