CivicLex Info Hub

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

Accessory Dwelling Unit (or a secondary suite) is an urban planning term for a self-contained apartment in an owner-occupied, single-family home that is either attached to the principal dwelling or in a separate structure on the same property.

Address Enforcement Administrative Hearing Board

Hears matters regarding enforcement of ordinance by the Department of Public Safety through  E-911, per code. It also conducts hearings to determine violations of Urban Council Government ordinance and enforcement.

Their webpage can be found here.

Administrative Hearing Board

Provides a citizen appeal process from notices of violation of Ch. 12 Code of Ord. – Code Enforcement actions.

The website can be found here.

Adult & Tenant Services

Adult & Tenant Services helps Lexington residents with immediate financial needs related to safe housing and other human services. This temporary assistance provides families with the financial resources to remain housed and keep their utilities services active. They also provide other supportive services that are shared across the community. Residents must meet the guidelines for each program to be eligible for help.

Affordable Housing (AH)

Affordable housing is housing which is deemed affordable to those with a median household income as rated by the national government or a local government by a recognized housing affordability index.

Affordable Housing Governing Board

Establishes policies/procedures for the operation and mgmt of the Affordable Housing Fund (AHF); oversees/manages financial and administrative actions of the AHF; monitors/evaluates performance of AHF; establishes annual funding goals and priorities.

The website can be found here.

Aging & Disability Services

This city department administers several senior centers with activities and programs for residents age 60 and above. These centers include the following: Lexington Senior Center, Bell House, Charles Young Center, and the Black and Williams Center.

Agricultural Extension District Board

Cooperate with the County Extension Service and the council to conduct programs in agriculture, home economics, youth work and related subjects. Programs are planned and executed upon advice, recommendation and assistance of the Extension Service and council.

The website can be found here.

Agricultural-Buffer Zone

Detailed in the Zoning Ordinance – established to preserve the rural character of the agricultural service area by establishing agricultural land that can serve as buffer areas between urban uses and agricultural land, and between land outside Fayette County and agricultural uses.

You can read the full Zoning Ordinance here.

Agricultural-Rural Zone (A-R)

Detailed in the Zoning Ordinance – established to preserve the rural character of the agricultural service area by
promoting agriculture and related uses, and by discouraging all forms of urban development except for a limited amount of conditional uses.

The full Zoning Ordinance can be read here.

Agriculture & Food Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of agriculture and food systems as they relate to Lexington.

Airport Board

Establishes, maintains, operates, and expands necessary, desirable, or appropriate airport and air navigation facilities in Fayette County.

The website can be found here.

Alarm Advisory Board

This is a code enforcement board with the power to issue remedial orders and to impose civil fines as a means of enforcing the provisions of this article, the violation of which is a civil offense. The website can be found here.

Animal Care and Control Advisory Committee

The board provides non-binding recommendations to the government regarding care and control of animals in Fayette County, and oversees the terms and performance of the government’s animal control PSA. The website can be found here.


A sum of money or total of assets devoted to a special purpose.

Arboretum Advisory Board

This board advises UK on the development and operations of the Arboretum. The website can be found here.

Area Median Income (AMI)

The area median income (AMI) is the household income for the median—or middle—household in a region. Each year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) calculates the median income for every metropolitan region in the country. You can find this year’s AMI data here.

Arts & Culture Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of arts and culture as they relate to Lexington.

Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

The MPO’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) provide guidance on bicycle and pedestrian needs and projects in the MPO region. The BPAC is includes citizens and local and state government representatives and is always open to and seeking public input. The committee meets at noon on the first Friday of each month at 101 East Vine Street, Lexington, KY 40507.

View the next meeting time here.


A path or lane for the use of bicycles.

Black & Williams Neighborhood Community Center Board

Identifies needs for program services for the neighborhood, makes recommendations to Social Services, reviews applications for agencies to provide services, assists with personnel evaluations, program effectiveness, sets goals, and assists with budget for the Black & Williams Community Center. The website can be found here.

Bluegrass Crime Stoppers

Fosters the detection of crime and encourages reporting it, encourages the media to promote the Bluegrass Crime Stoppers; assists with ongoing flow of communication between public and law enforcement agencies; and runs the Crime Stoppers reward program for Fayette County. The website can be found here.

Board of Adjustment

Grants variances, conditional use permits, allows changes in non-conforming uses, and hears appeals from Building Inspection and Planning. Board decisions are subject to appeal to Circuit Court. The website can be found here.

Board of Architectural Review

The Board of Architectural Review made up of five members that are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Urban County Council. Public hearings are held twice monthly to review applications for exterior changes to properties located in any of the Local Historic Districts (H-1 Overlay Zone) requiring a Certificate of Appropriateness Permit. The website can be found here.

Board of Health

Supervises and directs the activities of the Department of Health; makes appropriate rules and regulations. The website can be found here.


A city group that has legislative and executive functions; a group of people having managerial, supervisory, investigatory, or advisory powers.


A certificate promising payment of a certain sum on or before a stated day and issued by a government or corporation as an evidence of debt.


A plan for the coordination of resources and expenditures. Lexington creates a budget on a yearly basis.

Capital Projects Fund

The Capital Projects Funds, located in the City of Lexington’s budget, accounts for the receipt and disbursement of resources used in construction projects and equipment purchases.

Carnegie Literacy Center Board of Directors

Promotes literacy among residents of Fayette county. Provides remedial and enrichment services, and serves as a referral center home for special programs, events, and activities to promote literacy. The website can be found here.

CASA of Lexington

To recruit volunteer advocated, to provide training and education for such volunteers to assist them in representing the best interest of children in cases of abuse and neglect by providing appropriate investigative, advocacy and monitoring services. The website can be found here.

Charles Young Center Advisory Board

Prioritizes and governs community-based programs and services at the Charles Young Center. The website can be found here.

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) has direct administrative control and supervision over the divisions of Government Communications, Grants and Special Projects, Human Resources and Risk Management. In addition, the commissioners of each department report to the CAO.

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

The Chief Information Officer (CIO) oversees the departments of Computer Services, Enterprise Solutions and Geographic Information Services (GIS).

Circuit Court

The Circuit Courts are trial courts with original jurisdiction in cases involving capital offenses and other felonies;  land disputes; contested probates of wills; and civil lawsuits in disputes with an amount in controversy over $5,000.

Circuit courts also have the power to issue injunctions, writs of prohibition, writs of mandamus, and appeals from the decisions of administrative agencies.

Circuit Court Clerks

Circuit court clerks are responsible for managing the records of Circuit and District courts, Kentucky’s trial courts. Circuit court clerks receive lawsuits and court documents, record legal documents, provide legal documents and other legal materials, are present during trials, schedule juries, receive and disburse money, maintain the jury system, administer oaths, handle affidavits, and issue driver licenses and non-driver identification cards. One circuit court clerk is elected in each Kentucky county. They serve for a term of six years.


An inhabitant of a city or town, especially when differentiated from a person who works for the local government.

Citizens’ Advocate Office

The Citizens’ Advocate Office investigates citizens’ complaints; discloses any irregularities or abuses found in the LFUCG or with its officers, agents or employees; recommends policy changes to improve citizen access to LFUCG departments, divisions, agencies and offices; suggests ways to strengthen the government system; and provides callers with information and referrals.


City Employees Pension Fund Board

Administers the pension funds of all non-police and fire employees of the merged government under the provisions and limitations of Article Nine of the Charter governing employee pensions. The website can be found here.


Of or relating to a citizen, a city, citizenship, or community affairs.

Civic Engagement

Civic engagement (or civic participation) is any individual or group activity done with the intent to advocate on behalf of the public. Citizens acting alone or together to protect public values or make a change or difference in the community are common types of civic engagement. Civic engagement includes communities working together in both political and non-political actions. The goal of civic engagement is to address public concerns and promote the quality of the community.

Civil Service Commission

Oversees matters pertaining to operations and administration of civil service system. Hears disciplinary action appeals and terminations. The website can be found here.

Clean Water Act

Regulates the discharge of pollutants in waterways, gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to implement pollution control programs, sets water quality standards for pollutants, makes it illegal to discharge a pollutant in a waterway, and funded the construction of sewage treatment plants.

Commission for People with Disabilities

The commission works to promote the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities within the Lexington-Fayette Urban County community, and to advise the Mayor and the Urban County Council on issues that impact persons with disabilities. The website can be found here.

Commission on Veterans’ Affairs

The powers and duties of the Commission shall include the following, as permitted by law: evaluate and recommend programs, policies, and practices to the Urban County Council designed to improve benefits, opportunities, and recognition of veterans and their families in the Lexington community; advise Urban County departments and divisions on policy matters which affect the daily lives of veterans and their families; facilitate a comprehensive community network to connect veterans and their families to existing benefits and opportunities in the Lexington community; share information and resources to create avenues for veterans to communicate with each other; and plan and develop community events to raise awareness and support for veterans and their families. The website can be found here.


An officer in charge of a department or bureau of the city’s government.


A group of people who consider, investigate, take action on, or report on some matter.

Committee of the Whole

The whole membership of a legislative body. Related to Lexington, this is when the entire Urban County Council meets for a particular purpose.


This term can refer to the society at large, or to a smaller subset of Lexington’s population. These smaller subsets will share a common characteristic, history, or geographical area.

Community Action Council Board

The Community Action Council Board services Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison, and Nicholas Counties. The website can be found here.

Community Center

A place where people from a particular community can meet for social, educational, or recreational activities.

Community Design Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of community design as it relates to Lexington.

Community Development

The United Nations defines community development as “a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.” It is a broad term given to the practices of civic leaders, activists, involved citizens and professionals to improve various aspects of communities, typically aiming to build stronger and more resilient local communities.

Community Development Block Grants

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development.


Compost: A mixture largely of decayed matter of once living things (as grass) or their products (as coffee grinds) and used for fertilizing and conditioning land.

Composting: The act of creating compost.

Consent Decree

A consent decree is an agreement or settlement that resolves a dispute between two parties without admission of guilt (in a criminal case) or liability (in a civil case), and most often refers to such a type of settlement in the United States.

Consolidated Plan

The Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions.


The Fayette County Constable’s Office is primarily responsible for serving court documents to citizens. The Constable is an elected position, and the Constable and their deputies are sworn law enforcement officers.


A resident in a specific electoral district, in this case one of the 12 city council districts.

Consumer Price Index

A measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.

Corridor Plan

These plans address infrastructure upgrades or changes to a specified road and its surrounding land. Corridor management involves the application of strategies in one or more of the following areas: access management, land use and subdivision management, right-of-way needs and preservation, operational strategies, intergovernmental coordination, and financing of corridor management improvements.

Corridors Commission

It shall be the purpose of the Corridors Commission to assess the major roads of Lexington-Fayette County, especially the major and minor arterials, regarding but not limited to aesthetic qualities, landscaping, fencing, signage, litter control, bike and pedestrian considerations and other elements the Commission may deem appropriate. The website can be found here.

Council Clerk’s Office

The Council Clerk’s office is the official record-keeping office for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.


This term can mean one of two things, as follows:

  1.  Advice given especially as a result of consultation.
  2.  A lawyer appointed to advise and represent in legal matters an individual client or a corporate or public entity (such as the city of Lexington).

County Clerk

The County Clerk is a constitutional officer elected to a four year term. Originally created to serve as a county’s official record-keeper, the responsibilities of a County Clerk have evolved to include many other services.

The County Clerk’s duties include: the recording and administration of official documents of many kinds, the preparation and printing of property tax bills, the registration of voters and conduct of elections, and the registration and titling of motor vehicles.

Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

Court-Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.

Courthouse Area Design Review Board

The Courthouse Area Design Review Board (CADRB) reviews and approves development projects within the CADRB boundary. The website can be found here.


An excess of expenses over income.

Department of Computer Services

Computer Services supports the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government through hardware, networking, applications and the Help Desk.

Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works

This department encompasses several divisions, as follows: Environmental Services, Streets & Roads, Traffic Engineering, Waste Management, and Water Quality. The department’s mission is “to preserve, protect and enhance our Bluegrass environment; to provide public infrastructure systems that are safe, efficient and economical; and to promote a healthy and sustainable quality of life for our citizens.”

Department of Finance

Finance ensures that the Government’s financial resources are collected, invested and distributed responsibly. Finance reviews operations and prepares monthly, quarterly, or annual reports. This department encompasses the following divisions: accounting, budgeting, central purchasing, and revenue.

Department of Fire & Emergency Services

This department encompasses Lexington’s Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Department of General Services

General Services is directly responsible for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s telecommunications, utilities and parking. Additionally, the Commissioner of General Services has responsibility for the divisions of Facilities and Fleet Management and Lexington Parks & Recreation.

Department of Grants and Special Programs

Grants and Special Programs plans and manages all Urban County Government grants and works with the public and private sectors in preparing grant applications for submission to state and federal agencies. This includes legal notices, the Neighborhood Action Match Program, the Consolidated Plan, housing programs, and information for contractors.

Department of Human Resources

Human Resources oversees the hiring, training, and management of all employees of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

Department of Law

Attorneys in the Law Department represent the City of Lexington in all legal matters. They provide corporate counsel, litigation representation and claims management.

Department of Multicultural Affairs

This department oversees Global Lex, Lexington’s center for multicultural affairs.

Department of Planning, Preservation, and Development

Planning, Preservation, and Development is responsible for urban planning and development activities for LFUCG.  The department oversees the following: Divisions of Planning, Building Inspection, Engineering, Code Enforcement, Historic Preservation, Purchase of Development Rights, the Courthouse Area Design Review Board, and the Office of Affordable Housing.

Department of Police

With an authorized strength of 630 sworn officers and nearly 150 civilian personnel, the Lexington Police Department is the largest division within the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Responsibilities ranging from traffic control, patrolling neighborhoods, criminal investigations, assisting crime victims, officer training and more.

Department of Public Safety

Public Safety’s mission is “to help keep Lexington a safe place to live, work and play.” Public Safety oversees Community Corrections, Emergency Management, Enhanced 911, Fire & Emergency Services, Police and Security.

Department of Risk Management

Risk Management’s role is to provide LFUCG departments and divisions with services to protect their productive resources, reduce their risk costs and promote their image among citizens and visitors to Lexington. It provides the following services:

  • Property & casualty insurance procurement
  • Perform risk assessments/identification
  • Perform exposure analysis (man-made and natural)
  • Provide statistical analysis
  • Provide cost of risk benchmarking
  • Conduct loss prevention surveys
  • Consult on LFUCG Comprehensive Health & Safety Plan
  • Consult with divisions on OSHA compliance
  • Chair Accident Review Committee
  • Member Emergency Preparedness Taskforce Committee
  • Coordinate business continuity planning
  • Development & training for employees on specialized safety programs (i.e. defensive driving – NSC, hearing conservation, etc.)

Department of Social Services

Social Services operates four core divisions providing an array of multi–generational services. The department also supports collaborative efforts with an existing network of local non-profit organizations and human services agencies.These divisions include the following: Adult & Tenant Services, Aging & Disability Services, Family Services, and Youth Services.


The process of making land available or usable for commercial or residential purposes.

Development & Housing Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of development (construction projects) and housing as they relate to Lexington.


A territorial division (as for administrative or electoral purposes). Lexington has 12 city council districts. You can find out which district you live in here.

Division of Accounting

Accounting is responsible for the general accounting system, processes payroll, prepares budget reports, and is responsible for paying all invoices.

Division of Budgeting

Lexington’s budgeting division prepares annual operating and capital improvement budgets, provides periodic reviews of various budgets, and conducts studies and prepares long range forecasts.

Division of Building Inspection

Lexington’s Building Inspection division ensures safe construction of projects by enforcing the Kentucky Building Code.

Division of Central Purchasing

This city division handles all major purchases for the Urban County Government as well as surplus property sales and dispositions.

Division of Code Enforcement

Lexington’s Division of Code Enforcement addresses reported violations of local ordinances related to the maintenance of all homes, apartment complexes, businesses and all yards/lots within Fayette County; and provides inspections related to general structure maintenance, sidewalk serviceability, property nuisance violations and the placement of temporary signs in an illegal manner.


Division of Community Corrections

Community Corrections is Lexington’s jail, and is located at 600 Old Frankfort Pike.

Division of Emergency Management

Emergency Management’s mission is to enhance the public safety of Lexington-Fayette County residents and businesses through emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

Division of Engineering

The Division of Engineering oversees the design and construction of capital infrastructure projects, ensures new development is compliant with the community’s standards, and manages permitting within the public right-of-way.

Division of Environmental Services

This division engages the public about environmental issues in the community, works closely with Waste Management and Water Quality to support recycling and stormwater efforts in Lexington, and manages sustainability initiatives. They also oversee the beautification and maintenance of the city’s green spaces and corridors, urban forestry, public outreach and education, and internal energy initiatives.

Division of Facilities and Fleet Management

Facilities and Fleet Management is responsible for maintaining the Urban County Government’s general use buildings and acquisitions and for the maintenance, repair and disposal of over 2,100 vehicles and pieces of equipment.

Division of Family Services

Family Services provides services to families with young parents. They are based out of the Family Care Center.

Division of Government Communications

Government Communications is a resource and referral center that serves citizens, members of the media and Urban County Government employees. This division which is comprised of GTV3, LexCall and the Office of Public Information provides and disseminates information about the services, events, projects, meetings and programs of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

Division of Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation is responsible for activities related to the preservation of historic structures, districts and resources in Lexington.

Division of Planning

Responsible for planning, implementing and overseeing zoning ordinances and regulations, long-range city and transportation planning and applications to the board of adjustment.

Division of Revenue

This division is responsible for collection of income, revenues and monies due the city.  

Division of Streets & Roads

Streets & Roads maintains all city and county roads, except those on the state and federal highway system.

Division of Traffic Engineering

Traffic Engineering is responsible for the maintenance and daily operation of the city’s computerized traffic control system, including first-line response for emergency signal repair.

Division of Waste Managment

This division collects all the city’s trash, recycling, and yard waste through curbside collection and dumpster services.

Division of Water Quality

The Division of Water Quality provides citizens of Lexington-Fayette County with wastewater treatment and stormwater management services.

Division of Youth Services

Youth Services provides specialized casework services to families facing disruptions, but that seek to improve their home, school, and community life. Families who are residents of Fayette County with children under 18 years of age are eligible for services. Youth Services operates the Youth Development Center, Partners for Youth, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), juvenile probation and court services, and the Audrey Grevious Center.

Domestic Violence Prevention Board

Advances community programs to prevent domestic violence. The website can be found here.

Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors

To act as an agency, instrumentally and constituted authority of the Urban County Government (UCG) in the acquisition and financing of any “public project” (as defined in KRS 58.180) which may be undertaken by the UCG to the provisions of the KY Law. The website can be found here.

Downtown Lexington Management District Board of Directors

Provides and finances economic improvements that specifically benefit property within the District. The website can be found here.

Dunbar Neighborhood Center Board

Identifies the needs for program services of the Dunbar Neighborhood and makes recommendations of priorities of such needs to the commissioner. The website can be found here.

Economic & Workforce Development Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of economic and workforce development as they relate to Lexington.

Economic Development Investment Board

Reviews applications and makes non-binding recommendations regarding the issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds. The website can be found here.

Education Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of education as it relates to Lexington.

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)

Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is a system that allows state assistance recipients to pay for their goods using a card with a magnetic strip. This form of payment has replaced the Food Stamp Program, which issued paper coupons to recipients.

Emergency Medical Advisory Board

Advises the Urban County Government on all matters pertaining to emergency medical ambulances and care in Fayette County. The website can be found here.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL or TESL) is a traditional term for the use or study of the English language by non-native speakers in an English-speaking environment.

Enhanced 911 Services (E-911)

Lexington enhanced 911 answers emergency and non-emergency calls for service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and dispatches the appropriate help.

Environment & Energy Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of environment and energy as they relate to Lexington.

Environmental Commission

Enhances every aspect of the environment for the betterment of the urban county. The commission meets the first Monday of every month. The website can be found here.

Environmental Hearing Commission

Hears matters regarding enforcement of ordinances by the divisions emergency management and waste management. The boards shall operate under and be subject to the provisions of chapter 2B of the code.

The website can be found here.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “to protect human health and the environment.” They fulfill this mission by developing and enforcing regulations, giving grants, researching and publishing on environmental issues, and educating the public.

Ethics Commission

Hears matters concerning possible violation of Chapter 25 (ethics) and issues advisory opinions concerning activities which are covered under Chapter 25.

The website can be found here.

Exaction Appeals Committee

Reviews imposition of exactions, amount of exactions, credits exemptions, refunds or adjustments or exactions in the expansion Area.

The website can be found here.


Something that is spent (money, time, or energy).

Explorium of Lexington Board of Directors

Oversees the Explorium, Lexington’s children’s museum. The website can be found here.

Extended School Program (ESP)

The Extended School Program (ESP) is a fully-licensed after-school program that offers affordable, high-quality childcare for elementary school students. ESP is currently offered at the following elementary schools: Athens-Chilesburg, Coventry Oak, Garrett Morgan, Julius Marks, Maxwell, Northern, Stonewall and William Wells Brown.

Fayette County Coroner’s Office

The Fayette County Coroner investigates all deaths reported to the office that fall under their jurisdiction. The office also manages the indigent burial and cremation program through LFUCG.

Federal Poverty Level (FPL)

The Federal Poverty Level (FPL), or the “poverty line,” is an economic measure that is used to decide whether the income level of an individual or family qualifies them for certain federal benefits and programs. This threshold is updated every year by the US Census Bureau. You can find the current FPL here.

Fiscal Year

A year as determined for taxing or accounting purposes. Lexington’s fiscal year begins July 1st and runs through June 30th.

Food System

The term food system is used frequently in discussions about nutrition, food, health, community economic development and agriculture. A food system includes all processes and infrastructure involved in feeding a population: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food and food-related items. It also includes the inputs needed and outputs generated at each of these steps.

Food Waste

Food waste (or food loss) is food that is discarded or lost uneaten. The causes of food waste are numerous and occur at the stages of producing, processing, retailing and consuming.

General Government Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of general government as it relates to Lexington.

Geographic Information Services (GIS)

Geographic Information Services (GIS) uses the city’s geographic data to produce maps.


The organization, machinery, or agency through which a political unit exercises authority and performs functions, It is usually classified according to the distribution of power within it (local, regional, state, federal).


A gift (as of money or land) for a particular purpose.


An area of grass, trees, or other vegetation set apart for recreational or aesthetic purposes in an otherwise urban environment.

Greenspace Commission

The Lexington-Fayette County Greenspace Commission was established by ordinance in 1990 as a citizen-based advisory group to the Urban County Government to incorporate into policy the preservation, management and enhancement of the County’s unique and special character for the economic, educational and general health, safety and welfare of the public. The website can be found here.

Historic Preservation Commission

Responsible for the following: planning celebrations concerning historic events, assisting in preparing documentation for additional historic districts, reviewing legislation which may affect historic preservation, reviewing nominations of historic places, and all other duties outlined in zoning ordinance. 13-4.

The website can be found here.

Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Board

Makes recommendations to the Office of Homelessness Intervention & Prevention; develops policies and procedures for the operation and management of the Innovative and Sustainable Solutions to Homelessness Fund; recommends annual funding goals and priorities; perform needs assessments; and submits annual reports.

The website can be found here.

Housing Authority Board

Plans, implements, and administers all public housing programs within the territorial limits of the LFUCG and retain all powers and authority as may be provided by law.

The website can be found here.

Housing Insecurity

The US Department of Health and Human Services has defined housing insecurity as high housing costs in proportion to income, poor housing quality, unstable neighborhoods, overcrowding, or homelessness.

Human Rights Commission

Local civil rights agency charged with enforcement of Kentucky’s civil rights statutes; investigates discrimination allegations in employment and housing and has the power to hold hearings and award damages.

The website can be found here.

Immigration Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of immigration as it relates to Lexington.

Infill & Redevelopment

The use of land within an already developed area for further development.

Infill & Redevelopment Area

Areas located within the Urban Service Area of Lexington-Fayette County, generally characterized by lots that were established prior to 1934.

Infrastructure Hearing Board

The Infrastructure Hearing Board hears matters regarding enforcement of ordinances by the divisions of Engineering, Water Quality, Planning and Traffic Engineering. The website can be found here.

Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission

As a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., the commission concentrates on litter prevention, community improvement, and beautification and waste reduction.

The website can be found here.

Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)

The Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) is free or low-cost health insurance for children younger than 19 without health insurance. Children in families with incomes less than 213 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible.

Land Bank

Public or community-owned entities created to acquire, manage, maintain, and repurpose vacant, abandoned, and foreclosed properties –the worst abandoned houses, forgotten buildings, and empty lots.


A system of trash and garbage disposal in which the waste is buried between layers of earth.

Landfill Fund

The Landfill Fund, located in the City of Lexington’s budget, was established to account for the revenues and expenses associated with the capping and closure of the landfill in Fayette County and the on-going costs of refuse disposal. 

Lexington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

Responsible for coordinating the transportation planning process for our region and for seeking meaningful input from our stakeholders and the public in that process. Their website can be found here.

Lexington Center Corporation Board of Directors

The board provides management and oversight of the Lexington Civic Center. The website can be found here.

Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors

Promotes recreation, convention, and tourist activities in Fayette County and oversees operation of Bureau. The website can be found here.

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council

The Urban County Council is the legislative branch of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.The council has the power to establish budgets, set policy and levy taxes, subject to limits set by the Charter and state laws. The Urban County Council consists of 12 District Council Members and three At-Large Council Members. Find your council member here.

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG)

This term describes the consolidated government of the city of Lexington and Fayette County. The two urban and rural governments merged in 1974.


LEXserv is the city services billing program for Lexington that covers sanitary sewers, landfills and water quality.

Library Board of Advisors

Assists the Library Board of Trustees with the operation and management of public libraries. The website can be found here.

Library Board of Trustees

Oversees the operation and management of public libraries. The website can be found here.

Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

Limited English proficiency (LEP) is a term used in the United States that refers to a person who is not fluent in the English language, often because it is not their native language.

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A limited liability company (LLC) is the United States of America-specific form of a private limited company. It is a business structure that combines the pass-through taxation of a partnership or sole proprietorship with the limited liability of a corporationAn LLC is not a corporation in and of itself; it is a legal form of a company that provides limited liability to its owners in many jurisdictions. 

Definition courtesy of wikipedia – you can read the full article here.

Live Green Lexington

Part of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works, Live Green Lexington works to preserve, protect, and enhance Lexington’s environment by educating the public about the need and benefits of creating a healthy and sustainable quality of life for our community.

Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center Board of Directors

Oversees the management of and programming for the Lyric Theatre and any and all other appropriate purposes. The website can be found here.

Masterson Station Park Advisory Board

Serves as an advisory board to Parks and Recreation on issues relating to policies, programming, fundraising, and development with the goal of implementation of the approved Masterson Station Park master plan. The website can be found here.


An official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough.

Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Commission

Shares experience and expertise in international affairs in both the public and private sectors. Is established for the purpose of providing information and advice to the Mayor and the Urban County Council. concerning issues affecting foreign-born residents of Lexington. The website can be found here.


Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.


Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).

Minority Business Enterprise Program

The Minority Business Enterprise Program works with Central Purchasing to help diversify vendors the city uses to conduct business.


Municipality: A self-governing city or town.

Municipal: Relating to a municipality.

Neighborhood Action Match Program

Since 1985, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has funded the Neighborhood Action Match Program to support neighborhood associations in carrying out development activities and improvements. The maximum program award to a neighborhood association is $10,000. The neighborhood association must match all funds it receives with an equal amount through cash contributions or donated materials, service or labor.

Neighborhood Action Match Program Review Board

Reviews Neighborhood Action Match applications and recommendations to the Mayor and Council. The website can be found here.

Neighborhood Association

A neighborhood association (NA) is a group of residents or property owners who advocate for or organize activities within a neighborhood. An association may have elected leaders and voluntary dues.

Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention (OHPI)

The Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention (OHPI) coordinates activities and planning for providers, stakeholders, and affected citizens to ensure an efficient and effective system offering everyone access to shelter, food, employment, housing, and other basic needs and opportunities. The office does not provide direct support services but serves as an information source and assists with problem-solving and communications for difficult situations requiring multiple resources and organizations.

Office of Internal Audit

The scope of work of the Office of Internal Audit is to determine whether the Urban County Government’s procedures of risk management, internal control, and governance, as designed and represented by management, are adequate and functioning. Supervision and oversight of the Office of Internal Audit rests with an Internal Audit Board.

ONE Lexington

The ONE Lexington initiative was created in the summer of 2017 to coordinate all activities addressing violent crime–inside city government, and outside, with public and private partners.


A municipal regulation. The Council Clerk’s Office maintains the city’s Code of Ordinances.

Paris Pike Corridor Commission

The Paris Pike Corridor Commission currently reviews various plans and requests for alterations to properties within the proposed historic district of the Corridor in Fayette and Bourbon Counties, with special emphasis on the area within 1,000 feet of both sides of the road, and makes recommendations to the appropriate entities. The website can be found here.

Parking Authority Board

Studies and implements methods of providing adequate and reasonably-priced parking facilities downtown; can issue bonds and receive grants and loans. The website can be found here.

Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation administers recreational programming in Lexington for all ages, and maintains a number of community centers and recreational facilities.More information about Parks & Recreation can be found here.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

Advises the Division of Parks and Recreation by receiving public opinion and promoting a comprehensive parks and recreation delivery system. The website can be found here.


An official document giving someone authorization to do something.

Picnic with the Pops Commission

Oversees and plans “Picnic with the Pops” performances, by virtue of the powers and duties set forth in Section 2-205 (1)-(8). The website can be found here.

Planned Neighborhood Residential Zone (R-3)

Detailed in the Zoning Ordinance – primarily for multi-family dwellings and other residential uses.

You can read the full Zoning Ordinance here.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission approves subdivision plats and development plans; makes recommendations to the Urban County Council for zone change requests; and reviews and adopts the community’s Comprehensive Plan. The website can be found here.

Police and Fire Retirement Fund Board

Administers the pension funds of all police and fire employees of the merged government under the provisions and limitations of Article Nine of the Charter & KRS 67A.360. The website can be found here.

Police and Firefighter’s Retirement Fund

The Police and Firefighter Retirement Fund is a retirement and benefit fund for sworn members of the Divisions of Police and Fire and Emergency Services. The provisions of the PFRF are established by state law (KRS 67A.360 – 67A.690).


Income poverty is when a family’s income fails to meet a federally established threshold that differs across countries. Typically it is measured with respect to families and not the individual, and is adjusted for the number of persons in a family. Frequently, poverty is defined in either relative or absolute terms. Absolute poverty measures poverty in relation to the amount of money necessary to meet basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. Relative poverty defines poverty in relation to the economic status of other members of the society: people are poor if they fall below prevailing standards of living in a given societal context.


The part of an economy which is controlled or owned by business entities (not by the government).


The part of an economy which is controlled or owned by the government.

Public Health Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of public health as it relates to Lexington.

Public Parking Corporation Board

Finances public parking projects. The website can be found here.

Public Parking Corporation Fund

The Public Parking Corporation Fund, located in the City of Lexington’s budget, was established to account for finances of the Public Parking Corporation. The corporation was dissolved by Ordinance 147-2017 and operation of public parking was transferred to the Lexington and Fayette County Parking Authority.

Public Safety Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of public safety as it relates to Lexington.

Purchase of Development Rights (PDR)

Through PDR the city purchases farm owners’ development rights (their right to ever develop the farm commercially) in order to permanently keep it as farm land. The city does this in order to support and preserve the region’s agricultural traditions and industries, as well as ensure that the tourism benefits of this farmland are preserved.


The number (such as a majority) of members of a group (such as a board or commission) that is legally required to conduct business.

Raven Run Citizens Advisory Board

Advises the Division of Parks and Recreation in an effort to perpetuate the nature sanctuary status of the property known as the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. The website can be found here.

Records Center & Archives

The Records Center and Archives handles the storage and retrieval of Lexington city records. These are records of the city’s business. The off-site storage facility contains more than 15,000 units of the city’s government records and archival materials. These records are open to the public and city employees for research and inspection under Kentucky public records law. Access to the Records Center & Archives is by appointment only.

Recreation Enrichment and Learning (REAL) Program

The Recreation Enrichment and Learning (REAL) Program is a fully-licensed after-school program for middle-school students. The program is currently offered at the following middle schools: Edith J. Hayes and Jessie Clark.


Materials collected to be processed (as liquid waste, glass, or cans) in order to regain materials for additional human use.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

A request for proposal (RFP) is a document that solicits proposal, often made through a bidding process, by an agency or company interested in procurement of a commodity, service, or valuable asset, to potential suppliers to submit business proposals. An RFP is used where the request requires technical expertise, specialized capability, or where the product or service being requested does not yet exist, and the proposal may require research and development to create whatever is being requested.


Diligent and systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover or revise facts, theories, applications, etc.


The income that a government collects for public use.


A right of way is a type of easement granted or reserved over the land for transportation purposes, this can be for a highway, public footpath, rail transport, canal, as well as electrical transmission lines, oil and gas pipelines. A right-of-way can also be used to build a bike trail.


Of or relating to the country, country people or life, or agriculture.

Rural Land Management Board

Solicits, acquires, and holds enforce conservation easements on rural land. The website can be found here.

Sanitary Sewer

A sanitary sewer or “foul sewer” is an underground carriage system specifically for transporting sewage from houses and commercial buildings through pipes to treatment facilities or disposal. Sanitary sewers are part of an overall system called a sewage system or sewerage.

Sanitary Sewer Revenue & Operating Fund

The Sanitary Sewer Revenue & Operating Fund provides for the general operating, maintenance, and debt service costs of the sanitary sewer system. Other expenses include the administrative costs of operating the system such as insurance, revenue collection costs, personnel hiring, accounting, payroll processing, and legal fees. The fund is supported by sewer user fees.


A sociological, economic, or political subdivision of society.

Senior Services Commission

Provides leadership for community efforts in the area of services to the elderly. The website can be found here.


The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is a law enforcement agency that serves Fayette County. Their duties are very similar to that of the Lexington Police Department, but they serve primarily areas outside the Urban Service Area. The Fayette County Sheriff is an elected position.

Single Family Residential Zone (R-1)

Detailed in the Zoning Ordinance – Established to provide for single family detached residences and supporting uses. The zones should be located in areas of the community where services and facilities will be adequate to serve the anticipated population.

You can read the full Zoning Ordinance here.

Sister Cities Program Commission

Promotes the Sister Cities Program. The website can be found here.

Small Area Plan

A small area plan is any plan that addresses the issues of a portion of the city. Small area plans can cover three different geographic scales–neighborhood, corridor, and district regardless of the size of the area. Small area plans cover a specific geography that often has a cohesive set of characteristics.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program of the United States government. It is managed by the Social Security Administration and is designed to provide income supplements to people who are physically restricted in their ability to be employed because of a notable disability, usually a physical disability. SSDI can be supplied on either a temporary or permanent basis, usually directly correlated to whether the person’s disability is temporary or permanent. Unlike SSI, SSDI does not depend on the disabled person’s income.

Social Services Advisory Board

Advises the Deptartment of Social Services (DSS) on all matters pertaining to operation, administration and management of all welfare, domestic relations, juvenile and children’s service programs provided by LFUCG. The website can be found here.

Special Events Commission

Puts on “Lexington Festival” annually; coordinates activities of Division of Parks and Recreation; and establishes committees, including members of the public to carry out duties. The website can be found here.

Storm Sewer

A sewer built to carry away excess water in times of heavy rain.


Relating to the residential area on the outskirts of a city or large town.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program that provides nutritional assistance to low-income individuals and families. This comes in the form of money loaded onto and EBT card that can only be used to buy food at approved retailers, including grocery stores and farmer’s markets.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.


An excess of income over spending.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program provides temporary financial assistance for pregnant women and families with one or more dependent children. TANF provides financial assistance to help pay for food, shelter, utilities, and expenses other than medical.

Tenant Relocation Fund

The Tenant Relocation Fund, which is located within the City of Lexington’s budget, provides relocation assistance to eligible low-income tenants displaced by the rezoning, redevelopment, or change in use of property. 


The practice of traveling for pleasure or the business of encouraging and serving such traveling .

Town Branch Commons

Town Branch Commons will be a strip of Bluegrass running through downtown Lexington, roughly following the path of Town Branch, Lexington’s first water source. It will link the city’s two major trails, Town Branch Trail and the Legacy Trail, providing 22 miles of uninterrupted trail, connecting downtown to the rural landscape.

Town Hall

An event at which a public official or political candidate addresses an audience by answering questions posed by individual members.

Transit Authority Board

Manages, controls, and conducts business, activities, and affairs of the transit authority, which is responsible for fulfilling the mass transportation needs of citizens of the merged government. The website can be found here.

Transportation Sector

A community development sector comprising aspects of transportation as it relates to Lexington.


Discarded matter; refuse.

Tree Board

The Lexington Tree Board is a champion of trees and their environmental, economic and social benefits for our community. They hear appeals from denials of applications for permits; advise appropriate municipal agencies on matters of care, preservation, planting, removal, and replacement of trees in parks; and promote urban forestry. The website can be found here.

Two Family Residential Zone (R-2)

Detailed in the Zoning Ordinance – primarily used for two- family dwellings (duplexes).

You can read the full Zoning Ordinance here.


Of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city.

Urban League of Lexington

The Urban League of Lexington–Fayette County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist African Americans and disadvantaged citizens in the achievement of social and economic equality. The local organization is part of a larger, national organization.

Urban Planning

Urban planning is a technical and political process concerned with the development and design of land use in an urban environment, including air, water, and the infrastructure passing into and out of urban areas, such as transportation, communications, and distribution networks. This can also be referred to as urban and regional planning, regional planning, town planning, city planning, rural planning, or urban development.

Urban Service Area (USA)

This term refers to all the land inside the Urban Service Boundary. This land is designated for urban use.

Urban Service Boundary (USB)

This term reflects the boundary between Lexington’s urban use areas and its protected rural lands. This boundary was established in 1958, and was the first such rural management boundary in the nation. Can also be known as an Urban Growth Boundary.

Urban-County Arts Review Board (UCARB)

The Urban-County Arts Review Board reviews proposals for visual artwork in public spaces, including but not limited to memorials, monuments and lighting projects, and for aesthetic opportunities; advises the Department of General Services, Division of Risk Management, other appropriate divisions, and the the council-member in whose district the artwork is proposed to be placed of the proposals. The website can be found here.

Vacant Property Review Commission

The Vacant Property Review Commission creates an annual list of vacant and dilapidated properties that are subject to additional property tax, and makes other recommendations regarding vacant property. The website can be found here.

Valley View Ferry Authority

Cooperative oversight and operation of the Valley View Ferry by LFUCG, Madison County Fiscal Court, and Jessamine County Fiscal Court. The website can be found here.

Water Quality Management Fund

The Water Quality Management Fund, located in the City of Lexington’s budget, accounts for the water quality management fee. This fee allows Lexington – Fayette County to better maintain its storm sewer infrastructure and provide funding for projects to improve water quality in creeks and streams.


An area or region drained by a river, river system, or other body of water.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal assistance program of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for healthcare and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under the age of five. The basic eligibility requirement is a family income below 185% of the federal poverty level. Most states allow automatic income eligibility, where a person or family participating in certain benefits programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, may automatically meet the income eligibility requirements.

Yard Waste

Yard waste—often called vegetative waste—includes leaves, grass clippings, tree trimmings, and other plant materials that are typically generated in outdoor residential settings.


The act or process of partitioning a city, town, or borough into zones reserved for different purposes (such as residence or business).

Zoning Ordinance

Regulates the purpose of any specific piece of land or property in Lexington-Fayette County with the goal of promoting “orderly and harmonious development in the visual and historic character of Lexington-Fayette Urban County”.

You can read the full Zoning Ordinance here.

Zoning Text Amendment

Changes to the Zoning Ordinance that are deemed necessary to keep up with new uses, to implement new policies, and to ensure that its goals are meant.