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Covington rolls out a simpler redevelopment code

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Posted at 9:57 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 15:13:47-04

COVINGTON, Ky. — A neighborhood development code goes into effect today in the city of Covington.

The new code is meant to make construction projects in the area more efficient and user-friendly, as well as to attract new businesses.

Officials felt creating this new code was necessary, saying past zoning regulations made development projects expensive and time consuming. Despite what kind of building or additions locals were looking to develop, they had to get approval from two separate boards, which could be very difficult. Plus, officials felt the zoning regulations were outdated.

Now, years after having a development code set in stone, the code will focus less on how buildings will be used and more on the design of a property and how it fits in the neighborhood.

Tom West, Covington’s Economic Development Director, said people will be able to access the code much faster than before.

“What will come up is only what you need for your property. It will all be right there,” West said. “You won’t have to flip through hundreds and hundreds of pages of paper to find them.”

Officials also said the updated code helps to preserve the history and character of the Covington community. The goal is to create a more walkable, mixed-use environment as more development projects are completed over time.