District 23 Update: May 15, 2020

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Councilman Peden
Councilman James Peden
601 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

In-District Office Hours
Highview Fire Dept. Station 2, 8001 Smyrna Pkwy
1st and 3rd Monday of each Month
5-6 PM - Drop In
6-7 PM - By Appointment 
Click here to view Crime Maps

In this Issue:

Temporary Regulatory Relief for Restaurants

Outdoor Dining

As Kentucky restaurants begin to reopen on May 22, 2020, and because of limited allowable indoor seating capacity, Louisville Metro wants to help restaurant owners find solutions to increase their outdoor seating capacity.  To Learn More Visit: Temporary Regulatory Relief for Restaurants

What You Need to Know about Coronavirus

Resource Center

These sites are continuously updated. For the latest up to date information on COVID-19 please visit the following:

Community Response to COVID-19

Many businesses and local organizations are taking steps to help during this crisis. These include stores opening only for seniors and those most vulnerable at certain times of the day, free digital access for certain households, and waiving delivery fees for orders from independently owned restaurants.

This site is updated regularly.  COVID-19 Response.

Small Business Assistance

small business

Resources available to both workers and small businesses, including unemployment benefits, are collected at a Louisville Metro website here. These programs are crucial in trying times such as these.   

Increased business is leading to new jobs in some industries, with immediate hiring. KentuckianaWorks and GLI have partnered to create a new online jobs board listing current job opportunities in the area. You can see job listings at www.kentuckianaworks.org/jobs and it’s being updated daily. Companies that are hiring can also add their listings to the website.

District Office Hours Resume May 18

District Office

Councilman Peden holds district office hours office hours the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at Highview Fire Department Station 2, 8001 Smyrna Pkwy from 5pm-6pm.  If you have any questions, concerns or comments please feel free to stop by. No appointment necessary. 

After a short break, regular district office hours will resume on Monday, May 18. 

We will have a tent set up and meet outside to practice social distancing.  The Highview Fire Department is closed to the public in order to limit the risk of COVID-19 to firefighters.  

Kentucky Offering Expanded Absentee Mail-In Ballots for June 23rd Primary Election


If you are a registered voter in Jefferson County and would like request an absentee ballot visit online the Jefferson County Election Center or call 502-574-6100. All voters are eligible to receive a mail-in absentee ballot due to COVID-19.

Mail-in ballots will have to be postmarked by June 23 and be received within three days of Election Day. In-person voting, with the possibility of drive-through voting, will be allowed, in new ways, for those who need to vote in person. Post cards will be sent out to Kentucky voters explaining the changes.

The first step in voting is always registering to vote and that has not changed. To register, change your registration or just check to make sure you are still correctly registered visit Kentucky Voter Portal.

The deadline to register for the June 23 primary is May 26.  Get registered and vote!

Please direct questions to the Jefferson County Elections Center at 502-574-6100.

Updates from JCPS


We continue to be amazed at the tremendous effort you and our teachers are making to ensure your student is continuing their education under extraordinary circumstances. Each week, more than 90 percent of JCPS students have been in communication with their teachers and participating in Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI). While we know school-at-home can’t match the instruction your student gets in a traditional classroom, we are thrilled with the effort.

Here are some updates:

Graduating Seniors: A web page has been created just for you. It has the schedule for every school’s virtual graduation ceremony which will be livestreamed on JCPS’ YouTube Channel, information and scheduling for cap and gown pickup as well as a list of the community-sponsored celebrations for the Class of 2020. We hope you will participate in your school’s virtual graduation ceremony. It will feature speeches by your principal and a classmate, the reading and posting of seniors’ names plus your school’s Class of 2020 video. Videos for all 28 graduating classes can be found here.

Picking up items from school: Schools will be communicating with you about opportunities to pick up any items left at school when our buildings closed in March. Your school will be notifying you of the date and time where a drive-thru and walk-up will be set up to distribute your belongings that were left in your student’s locker or classroom.

NTI Survey: Parents and students, JCPS wants to hear your views on your NTI experience. Parents are encouraged to provide feedback by taking this survey. We’ve designed another survey just for students. Students can take this survey.

Feel Good Videos: JCPS’ students, parents, teachers and staff have done incredible work since schools closed on March 13th. Several inspiring stories can be found on our YouTube Channel.

We hope these communications are helpful as we attempt to keep you up-to-date on what’s going on at JCPS during these unusual times. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JCPSKY)!

Planning Commission Online Public Hearing - 6106 S. Watterson Trail

You are invited to attend a review for a MAJOR SUBDIVISION with review of land disturbing activity on slopes greater than 20% and a rear yard WAIVER.

Subject Property: 6106 South Watterson Trail 
Case Number: 19-MSUB-0018   
Case Manager: Lacey Gabbard (lacey.gabbard@louisvilleky.gov)

Meeting Type: Planning Commission        
Date: Thursday, May 21 at 1:00pm
Location: Online Meeting via Webex

PC 5-21-20

Click on Agenda for information on how to attend and participate via online video, via phone and register to speak. 

6106 S Watterson Trl

Click to open proposed plan in PDF

If you cannot attend the meeting, you may contact the case manager at lacey.gabbard@louisvilleky.gov with comments. 

Planning Commission Online Public Hearing - 8001 Smyrna Parkway

You are invited to attend a review for a DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PLAN for a proposed grocery store with fuel station and drive-thru restaurant.

Subject Property: 8001 Smyrna Parkway 
Case Number: 20-DDP-0010    
Case Manager: Lacey Gabbard (lacey.gabbard@louisvilleky.gov)

Meeting Type: Planning Commission        
Date: Thursday, May 21 at 1:00pm
Location: Online Meeting via Webex

PC 5-21-20

Click on Agenda for information on how to attend and participate via online video, via phone and register to speak. 

8001 Smyrna Pkwy

Click to open proposed plan in PDF.  There is no change from the plan previously approved in 2017 which has expired.

Crime Maps - Updated Daily



Always Remember to Lock Your Car and Remove All Valuables, it's the Easiest Way to Prevent Crime

CLICK HERE  to view LMPD's interactive crime mapping tool.   

 If you see crime occurring, please contact the Louisville Metro Police Department. Call 911 for emergencies.  Call 502-574-7111 for non-emergency related help or to find a towed vehicle. 

Call 574-LMPD to report crime tips.