2022 Candidate Q&A – Dr. Arnold Farr

Dr. Arnold Farr

Running for: Council At-Large
Website: https://farr4ky.com/

1. Nicholasville Road corridor is a major contributor to how Pensacola Park neighborhood interacts with the city, in fact only one of our routes from our neighborhood goes to a different location (Rosemont Garden); so most of our streets spill out onto Nicholasville Road primarily. While the Imagine Nicholasville Road comprehensive plan focuses on the bus and car, aka the
driving experience, our neighborhood often uses other forms of transportation, like walking and biking; as we make up UK professors, medical professionals, students, families, and elderly people. If you were elected to council, how do you propose to be our advocate in working to improve upon the Nicholasville Road experience? For instance, how would you help work with us and the state to get a median installed so that pedestrians have a refuge to cross over to the other side? How do you propose to help widen walkways to be more ADA compliant? How do you propose to safely transverse bikers up the Nicholasville Road corridor.

I have some skepticism about the possibility of getting a median installed. However, it is
possible to widen sidewalks and the street. That would cause the loss of property for those living on Nicholasville Rd. Another option is the development of walkways that go over Nicholasville Rd.

2. In February 2020, Louisville Metro Council passed the 100% renewable-energy ordinance setting out the goals of 100% clean electricity for Metro operations by 2030, 100% clean energy for Metro operations by 2035, and 100% clean energy community-wide by 2040. Similarly, Frankfort recently passed a resolution that calls for 100% clean renewable electricity for City government operations by 2023, 100% clean energy for City government by 2030, and 100% clean renewable electricity community-wide by 2030. At the moment, Lexington has no plans for transition to renewables despite having been named “BigFoot” for having the largest per capita
carbon footprint in the nation. What will you do to remedy this situation? What renewable energy goals will you propose for Lexington (LFUCG and the community), and what actions and what policies will you implement to achieve those goals?

One of the first steps that I would take is to have the city undergo an environmental justice audit. This is something that I don’t believe that the city has done. I am very concerned about climate change and environmental disaster. However, I’m not an expert. I do think that our environmental crisis should be taken more seriously. That is why I would propose an environmental justice audit. After the audit, the task for city government is to follow up with the appropriate policies.

3. Per the KRS Chapter 67C, fair, diverse representation is cited as a must when it comes to a planning commission, but Lexington has declared itself not a consolidated local government but an urban county government under KRS Chapter 67a, which means it has its own governing rules in this arena. Currently, they do not have governing bylaws that address a balanced governing body, nor mandates that only a certain amount of appointees sit on the commission that have direct financial interests in development; there are no restrictions on how long a district representation can sit on the commission, no real transparency on who is sitting on the board, and a lack of professional representation when it comes to the cities infrastructure (eg. social workers, environmentalists, landscape architects, urban planners, civil engineers, professors, transportation engineers, traffic engineers, stormwater engineers, etc). While planning commision is appointed by the mayor, they are confirmed by Council. If you are elected for Council, how do you propose amending our current planning commission bylaws to be more transparent, equal, and fair?

I do propose amending our current planning commission bylaws to be more transparent, equal, and fair. Transparency is one of the main issues behind my candidacy. That, along with accountability and accessibility.

4. Neighborhoods currently feel under attack when it comes to developmentally driven projects that are pushed through by LFUCG, with little regard to how they engage with their surroundings. This is often a result of there being a lack of smart developmental design guidelines in zoning texts that would ultimately help integrate newer developments into existing urban fabric. The original Imagine Lexington comprehensive plan proposed city design guidelines that would address this issue, but this was nixed on a council level. If you are elected to this position, how do you propose addressing potential design guidelines with planning staff as they amend current zoning laws to help for better developmental integration into existing

I believe that the citizens of Lexington should have a say in any decision that city council makes that will impact the lives of our citizens. I do worry that developers seem to have more voice than the members of our community. Any comprehensive plan proposed by city council should developed with input from people who will be impacted by the plan.

5. Do you believe there is a housing shortage? If so, do you support the downzoning of commercial properties to mixed use residential and potential moratoriums on issuing commercial permits to help address the current housing crisis?

There is a housing shortage in Lexington. Our local leaders must prioritize housing that is affrodable over the desires of developers. Until all of our citizens are properly housed, I would support the downzoning of commercial properties to mixed use residential and moratoriums on issuing commercial permits to help address the current housing crisis.