Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles of the Vision Plan

Main Street & Downtown

Sustain Main Street and downtown as the heart of Lexington from the Old Mill to Sunset Boulevard, historic Triangle area, the original boundaries of the town and the government center.


Sustain Lexington's sense of community, its most important and endearing quality, which is exemplified through family values, award-winning schools, neighbors helping neighbors, safe, welcoming, natural beauty, unique history and preservation of historic resources, natural resources, and economic prosperity.

Small Town Feel

Enhance Lexington's small town feel in concert with continued development while respecting and maintaining the rural nature.


Strive for intentional, sustainable and authentic development that enhances Lexington's natural beauty, sense of community, history and opportunities for prosperity.


Increase connectivity by creating places and connections within town that engage people with people and people to places (transportation, communication, civic activities), which is paramount to retaining an authentic small town appeal.

Innovation & Sustainability

Strive for innovation and sustainability in all developments and programs in order to increase Lexington's prosperity.


Require the highest quality design and development in all projects and developments in order to reflect the spirit of Lexington and the intent and values of the Vision Plan.

'When we build let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See, this our fathers did for us.'

John Ruskin, 1880, English critic, essayist, and reformer (1819 to 1900)