District 9 eNews - Thursday, December 5, 2019

 

 
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“One Park” Clears Committee

One Park

The rezoning and alley closure for the “One Park” project at Lexington and Grinstead was approved 6-0 by Metro Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee on Tuesday and will be voted on next week by the full Metro Council. After carefully studying the record, I will be voting to approve the rezoning. 

At Tuesday’s meeting, I announced several reasons for that vote. 

First, the site is severely underused and unattractive. Almost no one says it’s best to leave it as is, and maintaining the current C-2 zoning, with its many unwanted possibilities, is not in the best interest of the community.

Second, higher density, mixed-use zoning promotes lively neighborhoods with great amenities. It should be encouraged at sites like this, in urban edge locations. Low density zoning results in sprawl and adverse environmental effects.  Keeping things as close to the same as possible should not be our goal in the community. 

While not dispositive for me, I was glad to see some residential units reserved for people whose income is less than the area median. My proposal to strengthen those requirements was approved by the committee. That should be a model for the community going forward. 

Finally, while I share concerns about adverse effects on traffic, I have carefully listened and heard no real, persuasive rebuttal to the traffic study in the record. I also know that the study was extensively reviewed by Louisville Metro staff, which did not find it to be flawed. Simply saying that traffic will be unacceptable reminds me of the numerous concerns I heard about the planned recent road reconfiguration on Lexington Road between Payne and Grinstead, which turned out to be unfounded.

The process for this rezoning has been deeply flawed. As the Planning Commission Chair has stated, the original three-tower design was never going to be built.  There is simply no benefit in advancing that kind of proposal. The harm to the public, including twelve “charettes” that were non-collaborative and in which private citizens were disrespected, was significant.  

Attempts to influence the process, by Greater Louisville, Inc. after the record was closed, and by the developer’s attorney to me after the case had been filed but before a public hearing, were inappropriate and unhelpful. They did not influence my position but they do undermine public confidence. In my view, it’s wrong for an elected official to encourage the public to participate in a public process, state that decisions will be made on the record of that process and then meet in secret with a developer’s attorney who is trying to get the official’s “basic take” on a proposal and to learn whether the elected official is “ ‘enticed’ by it”. I refused to have that meeting and I immediately shared the request with the County Attorney. 

We all deserve a better, more collaborative, more transparent zoning process, and I hope we will see it in the future. 


2020 Property Reassessment

PVA

District 9 residents and businesses can expect a reassessment of their properties in 2020. The process, which is mandated by the state constitution, assesses property at its actual value as of January 1, with notices sent to property owners around April 1.  Different parts of Jefferson County are reassessed by the Property Valuation Administrator (PVA) in different years. This will be the first general reassessment in D9 since 2015.

Property owners who believe their assessments are incorrect may appeal and present evidence about the condition of their property.  Timelines for the process and locations in D9 where property owners may meet with PVA staff will be announced in upcoming editions of the eNews.

PVA Colleen Younger

At last month’s D9 Community Conversation, PVA Colleen Younger noted that D9 residential sale prices in the last 23 months are 16% above the assessed value. Because reassessments are driven by sales data, reassessments are likely to increase significantly, although by a lesser amount than in the 2015 reassessment.

Watch this space in 2020 for more information from the PVA!


Santa Sprint & Stroll - December 7

Santa Sprint

The 24th Annual Santa Sprint & Stroll 5k Run/Walk is right around the corner on Saturday, December 7. This merry 5k Run/ Walk is sponsored by the Frankfort Avenue Business Association and many businesses and individuals, to benefit the work of United Crescent Hill Ministries.  It’s an event that the Courier-Journal once called “more festive than the run-of-the-mill 5k,” with both serious runners and holiday merrymakers.  The Santa Sprint & Stroll features:

  • Flat and fast course running along historic Frankfort Avenue in Crescent Hill and Clifton
  • Included on the Run the 502 race series
  • Refreshments served after the race
  • Age Group Awards for Top 3 Finishers
  • Photos with SANTA

The event begins at Barret Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive (enter from Peterson Avenue), at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. 

More information and registration is here.


Olde Tyme Christmas – December 7

Olde Tyme

The 24th Annual Olde Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Avenue is coming up on Saturday, December 7, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event includes carriage rides, a holiday pet walk, photos with Santa and much more. Please see schedule below.

Noon – 4:00 p.m.               Carolers

Noon – 5:00 p.m.               Free Trolley Rides

Noon - 3:00 p.m.               Photos with Santa at Tonini Realty

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.      Pet photos with Santa at Pet Wants

11:00 a.m.                       Holiday dog walk and costume contest at Southern Barker

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.               Free Carriage Rides at Crescent Hill United Methodist Church

For more information, please visit Frankfort Avenue Business Association on Facebook.


Sustainability Story: Tree Planting Day – December 7

Tree Planting Day

Louisville Grows will host a tree planting day in the Schnitzelburg / Meriwether neighborhoods on Saturday, December 7, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Volunteers should meet at AmVets Post #9, 1567 S. Shelby Street. Help Louisville Grows reach their goal of planting 1,000 trees in 2019. No experience necessary. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Register online by clicking here.

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


Louisville Water Tower Park Open - December 8

Water Tower

Come learn about how Louisville Water Company makes great water! On Sunday, December 8 from Noon – 5:00 p.m. at 3005 River Road, visitors are invited to explore the WaterWorks Museum, see the newly restored 100-foot-tall steam pump, and take a tour of the grounds that are on the banks of the Ohio River. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youth (ages 6-17).


Mammogram Screenings – December 10

Mammogram

On Tuesday, December 10, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, the 9th District office, in partnership with U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will offer mammograms at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue.  To make an appointment, please contact my office at 574-3908.  Mammograms are for women age 40 and over. There is no cost to eligible women without insurance.  Women with insurance will need to bring their card so a claim may be filed.


League of Women Voters Public Forum with ORSANCO – December 12

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters (LWV) will host a public forum on Thursday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue. The topic for discussion is “ORSANCO To Respond to League & Community Questions”.

The League of Women Voters of Louisville invites you to a discussion with Mr. Richard Harrison, executive director of ORSANCO (Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission), regarding the League’s position letter sent to ORSANCO and water quality challenges to la belle riviere. All interested persons are invited.  There is no charge.

Listen to a panel of speakers consisting of Tom Fitzgerald, director, Kentucky Resources Council, who will act as the moderator;

  • Nikki Chambers, LWVKY Environment Chair, Moss WTP supervisor, Hopkinsville Water Environmental Authority
  • Sarah Lynn Cunningham, PE, environmental engineer and member of the LWVL
  • Tamara Sluss, PhD, large river researcher and director, Interdisciplinary Master in Sustainability Program, University of Louisville
  • Michael Miller, professor emeritus, Department of Biological Science, University of Cincinnati
  • Jason Flickner, director and waterkeeper, Lower Ohio River Waterkeeper
  • Chris Bobay, Louisville Water Co.

For further information contact the League at 895-5218 or email lwvlouisville@gmail.com


9th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness – Dec. 19

Give A Jam

The 9th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness will be held on Thursday, December 19th from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. The evening will feature performances by local musicians and artists, soups and stew for sale, a bourbon basket raffle, and a cash bar. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. General admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP tickets are $70 in advance and $75 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless and its efforts to end youth, veteran and chronic homelessness. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://louhomeless.org/giveajam/. Tickets may be available at the door, but the event has sold out in previous years so advanced tickets are encouraged.


Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for all of below case/s please visit https://aca-louisville.accela.com/LJCMG/Welcome.aspx?.  Click on the “Planning” tab.  Then enter either the case number in the “record number” box or the address.

You can also click on the notice below to go to the application page.

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.  

320 Belvar Avenue

D9 ABC Notifications

ABC Notifications

Below, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ2 Restaurant Retail Drink, Sunday Liquor Drink, & Transitional license(s) being applied for, located at 2636 Frankfort Avenue (Crescent Hill Craft House), Louisville, KY. The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Below, please find an Alcoholic Beverage License memo and Courier Journal Legal announcement for an NQ4 Retail Malt Beverage by the Drink license being applied for, located at 3733 Lexington Road (Burger IM), Louisville, KY.  The ad ran in The Courier Journal Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of the license by writing the Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601-8400, within 30 days of the date of this legal publication.


Yard Waste Suspended January – March

seal

As a budget cutting move, and to reduce the number of trucks operating in low-demand months, Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management will be suspending the collection of yard waste in the Urban Service District (USD) beginning on January 21 through  mid-March 2020. While individuals may request collection as needed during this time through MetroCall at 574-5000, please plan to set out your yard waste – including Christmas trees – BEFORE January 21. The last day for regular D9 yard waste collection is Friday, January 17, 2020.


Bowman Area Neighborhood Plan Draft Ready for Review

Bowman Field Plan

Louisville Metro Government, through the Office of Advanced Planning, has been working on the process of creating a neighborhood plan for the Bowman Field area. The Bowman Area Neighborhoods Plan includes the Seneca Vista, Bowman, Park Hills, Hawthorne, and Big Spring Gardens neighborhoods, as well as the cities of Kingsley, Seneca Gardens, Strathmoor Village, and Wellington. This plan aims to address the planning needs and policy goals of this diverse community, offering a “roadmap” for future growth and sustainability. Rundell Ernstberger Associates, a local landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm, has been retained to provide facilitation and technical guidance in this process.

This process is being called the Bowman Area Neighborhoods Plan because of proximity to Bowman Field. Bowman Field is a 426-acre airport with two runways and is operated by the Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA). LRAA is the largest land owner in the planning area, will be represented on the neighborhood advisory group, and will be integral to the success of this process. However, it is important to understand that this is a plan for the communities around Bowman Field, not a plan for the airport itself. There may be new development opportunities identified for airport-owned property, but the footprint and operations of the airport are not expected to change.

The draft plan is now ready for review, click here to view. When you have finished reviewing the plan, please share your comments online at http://www.bowmanareaplan.com/.


Please LOCK Your Vehicles!

LMPD

The 5th Division LMPD Weekly Crime Report continues to show a large number of thefts from automobiles. This holiday season, please remember to lock your vehicle and remove all valuables from sight. To sign up for the weekly reports, please click here.


Volunteers Needed for the 2019 Tax Season

taxes

For the past several years, the District 9 office has hosted a tax preparation site at United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM), offering free tax preparation to individuals and families under a certain income bracket. Each year the site depends on volunteers to help prepare taxes and greet clients. We have a few dedicated volunteers that help us out every year, but we need more! We hope you’ll consider joining the team!

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2019 tax season (January-April 2020) please email volunteer@labcservices.org. Make sure you indicate you would like to volunteer at the UCHM site. Volunteer trainings will start in December. Volunteers are needed to help prepare taxes AND greet clients. If interested in volunteering, please sign up by completing this Volunteer Application.


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, December 5: Distillery Commons will host an open house and ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of Ultra Self-Storage, 200 Distillery Commons. 30,000 sf of warehouse space has been transformed into a state of the art indoor storage facility. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m. Coffee from Red Hot Roasters and cookies will be served. For more information about Ultra Self-Storage visit www.ultraself-storage.com.

Thursday, December 5: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host iPad for beginners at 2:30 p.m. Instructional class that covers the basics of using your iPad. Attendees are required to bring their own iPad. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Thursday, December 5: Crescent Hill Community Council Holiday Open House from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S Peterson Avenue.

Saturday, December 7: 24th Annual Santa Sprint & Stroll at Barret Middle School. Pre-register or register that morning starting at 8:00 a.m. for a 5k (3.1 mile) run or a 3k untimed walk. The course runs along Frankfort Avenue. Sponsored by the Frankfort Avenue Business Association to benefit the work at United Crescent Hill Ministries. The race officially begins at 9:00 a.m. rain, snow or shine! Register online at: http://www.uchmlouky.org.

Saturday, December 7: The Frankfort Avenue Business Association (FABA) is hosting the annual Olde Tyme Christmas along Frankfort Avenue from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Enjoy free trolley rides along Frankfort Avenue. More information will be available online at http://www.frankfortave.com/.

Saturday, December 7: Bingham Park volunteer opportunity from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.  Bingham Park is located on Coral Avenue off Frankfort Avenue.  Cleanups are scheduled the 1st Saturday of every month.  Please note these dates are subject to cancellation due to weather. For more information and to register, please call Sarah Wolff at 456-8125 or visit www.olmstedparks.org/events.

Saturday, December 7: Olde Tyme Christmas Trolley Hop from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 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.

Saturday, December 7: Free Monthly Computer Tune-Up and Repair. A free computer tune-up and repair service is offered the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the small conference room at the St. Matthews-Eline Library, 3940 Grandview Ave. Participants should bring any additional devices that may be needed such as a battery charger, mouse and/or keyboard. Help will be limited to the first five persons to make a reservation.  To make your request to attend, email Rae Taylor at taylor_rae@hotmail.com. For more information please, visit www.computertuneupandrepair.weebly.com.

Saturday, December 7: Light Up St. Matthews, presented by the Chamber of St. Matthews and the City of St. Matthews, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. This is a FREE event, open to the public. Enjoy the lighting of Brown Park for the holiday season, pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, live DJ, reindeer games, and more.

Saturday, December 7: Whitehall House & Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road, will host its annual Victorian Christmas Tea at 3:00 p.m. This popular event is perfect for all ages and everyone is invited to attend – it’s truly a magical way to begin your holidays!  You’ll enjoy Irish tea and a delicious array of tasty sweets and savory tea sandwiches served in a proper formal setting. For more information, see http://www.historicwhitehall.org/victorian-christmas-tea.

Sunday, December 8: Come learn about how Louisville Water Company makes great water from Noon - 5:00 p.m., at 3005 River Road. Visitors are invited to explore the WaterWorks Museum, see the newly restored 100-foot-tall steam pump, and take a tour of the grounds that are on the banks of the Ohio River. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youth (ages 6-17). 

Tuesday, December 10: 9th District Mammogram Screenings in partnership with U of L and Brown Cancer Center at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue.  Must have an appointment through the 9th District office.  Please call 574-3908 to make an appointment today!

Tuesday, December 10: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host Microsoft Word 1 at 2:30 p.m. This class is an introduction to Microsoft Word, a program used to create documents such as papers, letters, reports, resumes, and more. Topics include how to get started, edit, format, and save your work. Attendees should bring their own laptop. Laptops may be obtainable at the branch. Call to confirm. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, December 10: Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana will host a fundraising event with Kendra Scott from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Oxmoor Mall. Plan for some Christmas shopping while helping to support the Girl Scouts. Wine and Girl Scout cookies will be provided.

Wednesday, December 11: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host computers by appointment from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Book a staff member to receive one-on-one assistance using a computer and learning about basic computer programs. Call 574-1793 to make an appointment. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Wednesday, December 11: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host downloadable everything at 2:30 p.m. Come sit in on an overview of all of LFPL's digital services and streaming platforms. Ebooks, movies, magazines and music will all be discussed. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Thursday, December 12: The League of Women Voters will host a public forum at 1:00 p.m. at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue. Topic is "ORSANCO To Respond to League & Community Questions". For further information contact the League at 895-5218 or email lwvlouisville@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 12: Supplies Over Seas (SOS) will host a Holiday Open House from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at 1500 Arlington Avenue. Join the SOS team for a Holiday party and enjoy catering, cocktails and cookies - everything you need to spread the Holiday Cheer! RSVP Here. This is a perfect event to bring a friend and introduce them to the work SOS does locally and globally! Tours will be available for anyone that wants a first-hand look at how SOS is changing lives in our own community and around the world.

Thursday, December 12: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host a movie screening of Holiday Affair at 6:00 p.m. A war widow shopping at Christmastime is romanced by a department store clerk whom she inadvertently gets fired. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Saturday, December 14: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion on The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin at 10:30 a.m. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.

Tuesday, December 17: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host St. Matthews Night Owls at 6:30 p.m. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Tuesday, December 17: St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Avenue, to host a movie discussion group at 2:30 p.m. Join the new St Matthews evening book discussion. Each month the group will discuss a different title. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is the December book. Copies available at the branch. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1771.

Wednesday, December 18: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host booked for lunch at 1:00 p.m. Plan to discuss Less by Andrew Greer. Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past. Questions, please contact the branch at 574-1793.


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