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What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan is a document that will assist in guiding the development of your community for the upcoming decades based on the current and future needs of Frankfort and Franklin County. 

The plan is a collaborative effort between Frankfort, Franklin County, and its residents. The advisory committees, along with your ideas and voice, will bring together the community’s top stakeholders to influence key aspects of the plan.

In the first phase, we will gather information on Frankfort and Franklin County and establish working relationships between consultants, planning staff, and the community. We will launch two committees to guide and champion the project. Learn about the consultant team and each committee in The Teams section below. In addition, we will perform a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, threat) analysis with stakeholders and the public to help focus our analysis and to guide future phases. 

Engagement Opportunities:
• Visioning Survey and Pop-Up Events
• Public Kick-Off Event

In the second phase, we will explore alternatives to address the critical areas and themes identified in the SWOT Analysis, conduct demographic and geographic analysis, and then explore options at a communitywide and neighborhood level with the public. This will be a great point to identify areas to preserve and protect, where change is appropriate, and how it should happen.

During this phase we will also organize the plan’s critical themes and create the plan’s framework, including the vision statement, goals, and objectives.

 Engagement Opportunities:
• Policy Exploration Workshop
• Draft Vision and Goals Survey

The third phase will be focused on drafting the plan recommendations, including the policies and strategies to flesh out the framework by working with the Steering Committee and staff and testing concepts with the public using online surveys. This phase will be primarily dedicated to the creation of a graphically-rich, interactive, multi-platform document that is concise, user-friendly, and relies heavily on the use of annotated maps and graphics. The plan’s structure will be predetermined in
Phase 2.

Engagement Opportunities:
• Planning Commission Endorsement
of Framework
• Draft Plan Content Survey

In the fourth phase, the Comprehensive Plan will be refined and finalized. The plan will be presented to the public for review and input and then will go through the formal public review and adoption process.

 Engagement Opportunities:
• Plan Review Open House
• Public Hearing
• Adoption Hearing

In the first phase, we will gather information on Frankfort and Franklin County and establish working relationships between consultants, planning staff, and the community. We will launch two committees to guide and champion the project. Learn about the consultant team and each committee in The Teams section below. In addition, we will perform a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, threat) analysis with stakeholders and the public to help focus our analysis and to guide future phases. 

Engagement Opportunities: 
• Visioning Survey and Pop-Up Events
• Public Kick-Off Event

In the second phase, we will explore alternatives to address the critical areas and themes identified in the SWOT Analysis, conduct demographic and geographic analysis, and then explore options at a communitywide and neighborhood level with the public. This will be a great point to identify areas to preserve and protect, where change is appropriate, and how it should happen.

During this phase we will also organize the plan’s critical themes and create the plan’s framework, including the vision statement, goals, and objectives.

 Engagement Opportunities:
• Policy Exploration Workshop
• Draft Vision and Goals Survey

The third phase will be focused on drafting the plan recommendations, including the policies and strategies to flesh out the framework by working with the Steering Committee and staff and testing concepts with the public using online surveys. This phase will be primarily dedicated to the creation of a graphically-rich, interactive, multi-platform document that is concise, user-friendly, and relies heavily on the use of annotated maps and graphics. The plan’s structure will be predetermined in Phase 2.

 Engagement Opportunities:
• Planning Commission Endorsement of Framework
• Draft Plan Content Survey

In the fourth phase, the Comprehensive Plan will be refined and finalized. The plan will be presented to the public for review and input and then will go through the formal public review and adoption process.

 Engagement Opportunities:
• Plan Review Open House
• Public Hearing
• Adoption Hearing

The Team

Our team is a collaborative effort between the city, county, consultants,
committees, and residents.

City of Frankfort

Eric Cockley  | 
Director of Planning &
Community Development

Jordan Miller  | 
Senior Community Planner

Franklin County

Robert Hewitt  | 
Director of Planning & Zoning

Ben Judah  | 
Planning Supervisor

McBride Dale Clarion (Prime Consultant)

Elizabeth Fields  | 
Public Planning Manager

Len Kendall  |  
Planner

Swapna Babu  |  
Planner

Human Nature & Strand Associates (Subconsultants)

Sara DiLandro, AICP  |  
Environmental & Community Planner
at Human Nature

Mike Woolum, P.E., P.L.S. | 
Vice President at Strand Associates

Frankfort and Franklin County Residents

Residents will have the opportunity to engage and work with the city, county, and consultants every phase of the planning process. In the end, the plan is for the people of Frankfort and Franklin County, and the resident’s contributions to the plan are heavily valued and dependent upon their voice and ideas.

The Executive Steering Committee…

is made up of representatives of the Planning Commission, the Franklin County Fiscal Court, The City Board of Commissioners and the respective City and County Planning Staffs. This group will be working hand in hand with the Comp Plan Consultant Team to facilitate the overall process of the Comprehensive Plan rewrite to ensure that effective community engagement opportunities are included as part of the process and to ensure that the process moves along as efficiently as possible. This group will be a sounding board for the process to ensure that the recommendations and vision created for the plan by the Advisory Committee and the greater public input are in line with community expectations.

Russell Wright
Planning Commission Chair

William May – Planning Commission Vice-Chair (Governors Appointment)

Patti Cross – Planning Commission
(City Appointment)

Charles Stewart – Planning Commission
(County Appointment)

JW Blackburn – Magistrate
(Fiscal Court Representative)

Layne Wilkerson – Mayor
(Board of Commissioners Representative)

The Advisory
Committee is…

a wider group of stakeholders in the community from a variety of backgrounds, specialties, interests, and locations within the city and county. This group will be tasked with the hands-on review of the plan content, while providing input and ideas throughout the planning process. It is intended that the members of the advisory committee will also assist the process by informing their own individual networks about engagement opportunities and events.

Terri Bradshaw – KCDC

Kaylah Smith or John Senter – Downtown Frankfort Inc.

Robin AntnucciFrankfort
Tourism Commission

Tish Shade – Chamber of Commerce

Ford Childs – Walk/Bike Frankfort

Melanie VanHouten – FrankArts

Chris Schimmoeller – Envision
Franklin County

Adam Leonberger – UK Extension Office

Joe Sanderson or Coe Norton
National Guard

Paul Thompson – Frankfort Independent Schools

Mark Kopp – Franklin County Schools

Brittany Sams – Architectural
Review Board

Sam Ruth – Finance Cabinet

Sonia Sanders – Kentucky
State University

John H. Carlton – At-Large Member

Sarah Snipes – At-Large Member

Bob Pelosi – At-Large Member

Bryan Hix – At-Large Member

Kristie Powe – At-Large Member

Jim Jackson – At-Large Member

Boday Borres– At-Large Member

John Meyer– At-Large Member

Eric Northcutt– At-Large Member

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City of Frankfort

Eric Cockley  |  Director of
Planning & Community Development

Jordan Miller  | 
Senior Community Planner

Franklin County

Robert Hewitt  |  Director of Planning & Zoning

Ben Judah  |  Planning Supervisor

McBride Dale Clarion 

(Prime Consultant)

Elizabeth Fields, AICP  | 
Public Planning Manager

Len Kendall, AICP  |  Planner

Swapna Babu  |  Planner

Human Nature &
Strand Associates 

(Subconsultants)

Sara DiLandro, AICP  | 
Environmental & Community Planner at Human Nature

Mike Woolum, P.E., P.L.S.  | 
Vice President at Strand Associates

Frankfort and Franklin County Residents

Residents will have the opportunity to engage and work with the city, county, and consultants every phase of the planning process. In the end, the plan is for the people of Frankfort and Franklin County, and the resident’s contributions to the plan will be heavily valued and dependent upon their voice and ideas.

The Executive Steering Committee…

is made up of representatives of the Planning Commission, the Franklin County Fiscal Court, The City Board of Commissioners and the respective City and County Planning Staffs. This group will be working hand in hand with the Comp Plan Consultant Team to facilitate the overall process of the Comprehensive Plan rewrite to ensure that effective community engagement opportunities are included as part of the process and to ensure that the process moves along as efficiently as possible. This group will be a sounding board for the process to ensure that the recommendations and vision created for the plan by the Advisory Committee and the greater public input are in line with community expectations.

Russell Wright – Planning Commission Chair

William May – Planning Commission Vice-Chair
(Governors Appointment)

Patti Cross – Planning Commission
(City Appointment)

Charles Stewart – Planning Commission
(County Appointment)

JW Blackburn – Magistrate
(Fiscal Court Representative)

Layne Wilkerson – Mayor
(Board of Commissioners Representative)

The Advisory Committee is…

a wider group of stakeholders in the community from a variety of backgrounds, specialties, interests, and locations within the city and county. This group will be tasked with the hands-on review of the plan content, while providing input and ideas throughout the planning process. It is intended that the members of the advisory committee will also assist the process by informing their own individual networks about engagement opportunities and events.

 

 

Terri Bradshaw – KCDC

Kaylah Smith or John Senter – Downtown Frankfort Inc.

Robin Antnucci – Frankfort Tourism Commission

Tish Shade – Chamber of Commerce

Ford Childs – Walk/Bike Frankfort

Melanie VanHouten – FrankArts

Chris Schimmoeller – Envision Franklin County

Adam Leonberger – UK Extension Office

Joe Sanderson or Coe Norton – National Guard

Paul Thompson – Frankfort Independent Schools

Mark Kopp – Franklin County Schools

Brittany Sams – Architectural Review Board

Sam Ruth – Finance Cabinet

Sonia Sanders – Kentucky State University

John H. Carlton – At-Large Member

Sarah Snipes – At-Large Member

Bob Pelosi – At-Large Member

Bryan Hix – At-Large Member

Kristie Powe – At-Large Member

Jim Jackson – At-Large Member

Boday Borres– At-Large Member

John Meyer– At-Large Member

Eric Northcutt– At-Large Member

Begin Engaging Today!

Join our Email List

Stay updated on news, meetings, surveys media, and other engagement opportunities.

Click the button to check for available surveys.

City of Frankfort
315 W 2nd Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
502-875-8500
ecockley@frankfort.ky.gov
https://frankfort.ky.gov/

Franklin County
321 W Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
502-875-8751
robert.hewitt@franklincounty.ky.gov
https://franklincounty.ky.gov/

City of Frankfort
315 W 2nd Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
502-875-8500
ecockley@frankfort.ky.gov
https://frankfort.ky.gov/

Franklin County
321 W Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
502-875-8751
robert.hewitt@franklincounty.ky.gov
https://franklincounty.ky.gov/

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