District 9 eNews - Thursday, September 20, 2018


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Lexington & Grinstead Development Proposal

Lexington & Grinstead Development

Developers of the project proposed for Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive - “One Park” - have formally applied for the change in zoning. Zoning Case #16ZONE1044, from C-2 to Planned Development District (PDD) consisting of mixed residential, office, retail and restaurant at the intersection of Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive was filed Monday.

This project has NOT been approved. Now that a formal application has been filed, Louisville Metro Planning and Design and various agencies will review it. Those reviews will be followed by at least two public meetings, the dates for which have not been set. Months ago, I asked that the Planning Commission hearing be held at night near the site, given the interest and concern the project has attracted, and the size and scope of the proposed development. I am confident that request will be granted.

Three public documents related to the application are online. The application is here. A district development plan is here. A pattern book is here. (Note: These are large documents and may take some time to load.)

As soon as public meeting dates have been set, we will provide an update in the eNews. If you would like to comment on the proposal, please email Julia Williams (Julia.williams@louisvilleky.gov), referencing Case # 16ZONE1044.

Metro Council, which has the ultimate say on rezonings, makes decisions based on the Planning Commission record and I urge everyone to make their views known in that record by writing or appearing to speak at a Planning Commission meeting. 

Bourbon & Beyond – Champions Park

Bourbon & Beyond

The Bourbon & Beyond music festival will be in Champions Park this weekend - September 22-23, 2018. More information on the festival is located online at https://bourbonandbeyond.com/

Community General Information:

  • Concert setup is underway and will continue until after the Louder Than Life concert, September 28-30. There is significant construction activity as part of the setup.
  • The park will be closed to the public on event days.
  • On non-event days, all park users should use the Zorn Avenue entrance to lessen cross-traffic challenges with event trucks.
  • Champions Dog Park will remain open and accessible on all non-event days during normal park hours.
  • While many areas of the park will be inaccessible, some park paths will remain open to the public on non-event days. It is very important that all dogs be on leash throughout the park at all times. (That’s the law in all parks, all the time, by the way).

The following streets will be closed during the following times:

Monday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m. until Tuesday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Edith Road from River Road to Mellwood Avenue (will be open to pedestrians) 

The following streets will have no parking during the following times:

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday (September 22-23)

  • River Road – from Zorn to Witherspoon. No parking both sides of the street
  • River Dell Drive – 800 block
  • Highwood Drive – 800 & 900 block
  • Lake Avenue – from Mellwood Avenue to N. Birchwood Avenue
  • Winifrede Lane – from Mellwood Avenue to Callabell Road
  • Warren Road – the entire length of the road
  • Pauline Road – from Winifrede east
  • Kenil Court – from Kenilworth Road to Winifrede Lane
  • Callabell Road – from Kenilworth Road west (both forks)
  • Edith Road – from Mellwood Avenue to Kenilworth Road
  • Emily Road – from Edith Road to Kenilworth Road
  • James Road – from Edith Road to Edna Road
  • Edna Road – from Kenilworth Road to Thompson Road
  • Thompson Road – from Edna Road to Mellwood Avenue

Sustainability Story: Beargrass Creek Cleanup

Beargrass Creek cleanup

Help clean up Beargrass Creek!

The Beargrass Creek Alliance is sponsoring a cleanup and a removal of invasive porcelain berry on Saturday, September 22, between 9:00 a.m. and Noon. You can park at the Girl Scouts building at 2115 Lexington Road. Gloves, bags and pick-up sticks will be provided, or bring your own. It’s recommended you wear long sleeves, long pants, a hat and bug spray. Signup at www.volunteersignup.org/HWMD4.

We’d like to feature your sustainability story - a resident or business doing good things for the environment.  Riding the bus, bicycling, walking, gardening and more - our eNews will feature practices which can benefit all of us.  Send your story to Bill Hollander or Kyle Ethridge

5th Annual Brightside Bash – TONIGHT - September 20


Tickets are still on sale now for the 5th Annual Brightside Bash presented by the Republic Bank Foundation! The Brightside Bash serves as a fundraiser for the Brightside Foundation. With the generous donations and contributions from this event, Brightside is able to continue many educational programs, sustainability initiatives, and beautification projects for the community.

The Brightside Bash is tonight, Thursday, September 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th Street. Tickets are $53.00 each. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

This year they will be introducing a new way for you to "win" some truly incredible items with the Wheel of Chance! For each item listed in the image, Brightside will be selling just 20 tickets (at the price listed.) That means you could win a week-long getaway to a cabin in Nolin Lake, KY for just $50!! For more information or to purchase your ticket to win, contact Brightside 574-2613 today! Chances go on a first come, first served basis so don't miss out! 

Brightside items

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for all of below case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/Click on “Search Case Information” link on the left navigation bar.  Then select the “home” tab and select the type of case and enter the above case number. 

You can also click on the image below to go to the application page, although the page may be slow to load.

For specific case information please call or email the listed case manager.  If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230. 

1860 Frankfort Ave
1860 Frankfort ZONE
1749 Frankfort
1749 Frankfort - ZONE4 Caledonia

Reminders - Sidewalk Trees are Citizens' Responsibility

Division of Community Forestry

Some reminders from the Division of Community Forestry

Maintenance of public trees alongside private property in Louisville is the responsibility of the abutting property owners under the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances.

A 2017 update to LMCO Chapter 102 requires a permit from the Division of Community Forestry within the Office of Sustainability/Develop Louisville before pruning, removing, or replacing these public trees. There is no charge for the permits, but the proposed activities must conform to policies established by the Division. Permits are not required for routine watering, mulching or the pruning of limbs (based on Division standards) narrower than four inches in diameter and less than seven feet above the ground that are obstructing pedestrian traffic.

The removal of a Public Tree must also include a replacement. 

Additional information about the Division’s public tree standards and permitting process can be found on the Division’s webpage. You may also contact the Division of Community Forestry at 574-3927. 

Flash Flood Safety


The speed and duration of flooding can vary significantly. Flooding can occur slowly as rain continues to fall for many days. This type of flooding, sometimes called a slow-onset flood, can take a week to develop and can last for months before floodwaters recede.

More danger is presented by rapid-onset floods that occur more quickly, typically developing within hours or days. Some rapid-onset floods known as flash floods occur very quickly with little or no warning, such as during periods of extremely heavy rain or when water volume is beyond system capacity.

In urban areas, flash floods can fill underpasses, viaducts, parking structures, low roads, and basements. This poses particular dangers for travelers.

Motorists should take the following precautions:

  • Be aware of the likelihood of flooding in low lying areas and proceed slowly to allow time to react if a road is covered by water.
  • If floodwater is blocking your route but you can turn around safely, turn around and go to a building on high ground.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay in the vehicle. If water is rising inside the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof.
  • Never drive around a barrier into flood waters

Adapted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency bulletin, How to Prepare for a Flood

Louisville Parks and Recreation to Host Public Meetings

Metro Parks

Did you know there are twelve D9 Metro Parks? Louisville Parks and Recreation will be hosting open house-style public meetings this fall. Director Seve Ghose said the meetings will not necessarily focus on a particular topic but will give the public an opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns. All meetings will be held from 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, September 20, Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop, 40228
  • Thursday, October 11, East Government Center, 200 Juneau Drive, 40243
  • Thursday, October 25, Berrytown Recreation Center, 1300 Heafer Road, 40223
  • Thursday, November 8, Molly Leonard Portland Community Center, 640 N. 27th Street, 40212
  • Thursday, November 29, Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway, 40258
  • Thursday, December 13, Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue, 40206

Please pick a date that’s convenient for you and make your voice heard about our twelve Metro Parks in D9!

Register and Vote!

Register to Vote

The deadline for registering to vote in Kentucky before the 2018 General Election is rapidly approaching and it’s easier than ever to do so.

Tuesday, October 9 is the last day to register to vote in the November 6 election. Kentuckians can now register to vote, and check and update their registrations online, at this website.  

Voters who will be outside Jefferson County on Election Day are among those who can vote absentee.  More information about voting absentee, both by mail and in-house, is here.

If you qualify to vote by absentee ballot, you can do that at the Jefferson County Clerk’s Election Center, which has moved to 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Suite 301, beginning next Monday, September 24.   Here’s the schedule:

In-house Voting Dates:

Monday – Friday      

  • September 24 – November 5, 2018          8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


  • October 20, 2018               9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • October 27, 2018               9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • November 3, 2018              9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Exercise your right to register and vote this fall!  

District 9 Calendar Events

Below are some Ninth District calendar events!  To view a full listing of events please visit the District 9 Blog at http://district9news.wordpress.com/.  If you would like to submit events to be considered for the blog calendar please email Kyle Ethridge or call 574-1109.

Thursday, September 20: The Brightside Bash is a fun twist on a traditional gala fundraiser. The Bash features local bands, a silent auction, raffles, food, and fun! Brightside Bash 2018 will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  For more information, click here. The Brightside Bash serves as a fundraiser for the Brightside Foundation. With the generous donations and contributions from this event Brightside is able to continue our many educational programs, sustainability initiatives, and beautification projects for it’s community.

Thursday, September 20: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to discuss the movie Goldfinger at 6:30 p.m. James Bond tries to nail a saboteur bent on depleting America’s gold reserve by robbing Fort Knox. In order to stop his adversary, Bond has to survive several perilous situations, including a huge, deadly laser. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Saturday, September 22 - Sunday, September 23: Bourbon & Beyond, a perfect blend of bourbon, food and music at Champions Park. For more information, please click here.

Wednesday, September 26: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host booked for lunch 1:00 p.m. Plan to discuss Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith. Questions, please call the branch at 574-1793.

Thursday, September 27: Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation to host annual Golf Scramble at Fuzzy Zoeller's Covered Bridge Golf Club, 12510 Covered Bridge Golf Club, Sellersburg, IN. $150 per golfer or $600 for foursome. Click here for more information.

Thursday, September 27: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, hosts Michael Sokolove, author of The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino at 7:00 p.m. Questions, please call the store at 896-6950.

Friday, September 28: Yappy Hour fundraiser for the Kentucky Humane Society from 5:00 - 11:00 p.m. at Apocalypse Brew Works, 1612 Mellwood Avenue. Come drink craft beer with your four-legged best friend! A portion of the proceeds to benefit the KY Humane Society. Enjoy great food from Lexie Lu's food truck. All dogs must remain on a leash at all times.

Friday, September 28: F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop on the final Friday of the month from 6:00 – 10:30 p.m. Park at one of the many convenient FREE and public parking areas and board the Frankfort Avenue Trolley at any designated stop. The trolley route runs from RiverPark Place on River Road to Cannons Lane. For more information about specific events please visit: http://www.frankfortave.com.

Friday, September 28: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, to host a community shopping night to benefit the Parklands of Floyds Fork from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Just Creations will donate 15% of the evenings sales to this group. For more information, please call 897-7319.

Friday, September 28: Join Crescent Hill Baptist Church, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and Third Lutheran Church for FAT Friday. There will be food trucks in St. Mark's parking lot and then walk over to the steps of Crescent Hill Baptist Church to hear Misty Mountain String Band perform. The event runs from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30: Louder Than Life music festival at Champions Park. For more information, please click here.

Saturday, September 29Fourth Annual Friends of the University of Louisville School of Music 5K Run/Walk Cherokee Park. The race starts at Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion and will feature live music at every turn of the course. Top finishers will receive awards. This event is open to all ages with proceeds going to help support our mission of sponsoring scholarships for music students at the U of L School of Music. Registration is $25 and is available online at www.uoflalumni.org/music5K

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