Planning & Community Development

Planning & Community Development provides information and services regarding existing and future land use and zoning. Department staff process requests for site plan development, design review, conditional use permits, variances, zone changes, text amendments, subdivisions, nuisances, and sign permits. With a focus on building strong neighborhoods, Planning & Community Development performs long-range planning through community engagement, research, and analysis. The Department also provides Building Code services regarding new construction, building additions, rental housing inspections and code enforcement. Department policies reflect creativity, practicality, and common sense.

The Mission of the Planning and Development Department is to provide prompt, customer-friendly services. We offer advice, alternatives, and public education within a professional setting. Most importantly, we promote quality of life for everyone.

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    Frankfort Heritage Week!

    Be a tourist in your own town! May 8th - May 15th. Read on...
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    Urban Backyard Chickens

    The Frankfort Board of Commissioners recently approved an ordinance allowing backyard chickens in City limits. If you're thinking about having them at your property, read on & click "Additional Info" to see the regulations & permitting requirements. Additional Info...
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    Kentucky Heritage Council Seeking Public Input

    The Kentucky Heritage Council/ State Historic Preservation Office seeks broad public input for the next five-year state historic preservation plan. Read on...
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    Is it Colonial or Foursquare? Identifying and Describing Historic Residential Buildings

    Check out this presentation from City Historic Preservation Officer, Vicki Birenberg, in celebration of Frankfort Heritage Week! Read on...
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    Archaeology in the Capital City

    Nicole Konkol, archaeologist and chairperson of the Architectural Review Board, delves into Frankfort's archaeological and cultural resources for Frankfort Heritage Week - take a look! Read on...
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    September ARB Agenda & Staff Reports

    There will be a meeting of the Architectural Review Board held at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 via teleconference. Read on...
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    ARB Agenda & Staff Reports

    There will be a meeting of the Architectural Review Board held at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 via teleconference. Read on...
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Downtown Master Plan

Downtown Master Plan

Second Street TIGER Project

Second Street TIGER Project

Goodwood Brewing Project

Goodwood Brewing Project

Marcus Building Renovation

Marcus Building Renovation

Downtown Design Guidelines

Central Business District Design Guidelines

Kentucky Knows Coffee Project

Kentucky Knows Coffee Project