Maybe its just me but it seems like there are a lot of things happening in and around Louisville's governing bodies right now. The Vision Louisville
project ramped up last year and Phase II begins this Spring. The outline of the Mayor's Strategic Plan
is now online. The Land Development Code revision process
started last year and the Land Development Code Improvement Committee is calling for final recommendations by March. The Cornerstone 2020 comprehensive plan is soon to be replaced with a new comp plan. There is a draft sustainability plan
circulating and the Sustainbility Office is seeking input. Work begins this Spring on the The Multimodal Strategic Transportation Plan. The KIPDA Transportation Improvement Plan (T
IP) expires in 2015 and a new one will need to be prepared before that. There is much more.
Mayor Fischer certainly deserves credit for creating a buzz. There is no shortage of news from the corner of 5th and Jefferson including the Mayor's push for the LIFT ammendment that would give Kentucky cities the power to raise local sales tax to support capital projects. But how are all these efforts related? Who is in charge of insuring that there isn't duplication of efforts? How does KIPDA's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy connect with the Mayor's Strategic Plan and the next Metro comprehensive plan? The public has and will have an opportunity to provide input into in planning decisions on all of these initiatives but who determines what is best? Do citizens, neighborhoods, and non-profits have the same voice as business and corporate interests? Are the strategic initiatives in the Mayors plans the best ones or just the ones that got the most votes? History demonstrates that the majority isn't always right.
These are some questions we have at CART and our humble effort to try and sort these things out will come on March 20th at our Spring Event
. Is there anything that's truly different? Is there anything truly bold emerging that hasen't been tried before? If we are lucky, issues and opporunities will emerge from this discussion that inform CART's agenda for the coming years. But to be successful and to filter through the noise we need your help and input.
We invite you to come and ask your own questions. The folks on the panel we have assembled are on the front lines of many of these efforts and they come from very different public interest backgrounds. We want this discussion break some silo boundaries. To that affect, we'll challenge them to make the case for how some of the "bold initiatives" play across social and economic strata. Please come and join us on March 20th.