The mission of the Lexington Appearance Commission is to promote and enhance the appearance of the city through projects that improve visual quality and cleanliness.
In 1992, City Council established the Community Appearance Commission with representation from each of the six voting wards, plus three at-large appointments. Membership and contact information is available in the City's list of Boards and Commission.
This commission is charged with improving the appearance and cleanliness of the City and accomplishes this through it's annual workplan based on five key program areas:
Business Awards. The Commission chooses three to four businesses or non-commercial properties (churches, non-profit organizations) for landscaping efforts, new installation or addition, a façade improvement or long-term maintenance that contributes to the appearance of Lexington. The Business Awards are given on a bi-annual basis and are usually handed out at the bi-annual Lexington Appearance Commission luncheon.
Neighborhood Improvement Awards. Commission members nominate properties that have either been maintained, landscaped well, or have new additions or new construction for residential use. Renters and homeowners are both eligible, which is awarded annually in June. Criteria observed for this award range from: Are there any special details that give the property or home personality? Do any recent improvements or landscaping improve the surrounding neighborhood? Does the property set an example for the rest of the neighborhood to follow?
The Commission also has a Certificate of Recognition that goes to individual citizens, civic groups, or any organization or project for their contribution to the City of Lexington's visual appearance and cleanliness.
Visit the Awards Program page to view this year's winners for Neighborhood Improvement Award and the Business Award program!
Parks and Public Spaces
The Commission focuses on one area for beautification a year that may include bulb planting or a wildflower program depending on the topography and needs of the area.
The Commission can also support public art for public spaces and parks. If you have any ideas for public art projects, you are encouraged to contact he Commission.
Gateways and Thoroughfares
In 2011, the Commission reviewed the need for new Welcome to Lexington signs and replaced the seven signs to highlight the city's established year of 1828, and other important cultural periods throughout the year for the city such as celebrating the Barbecue Festival and BBQ Capital Cook-off, Veteran's Day and Memorial Day events.
The Commission strives to partner with any agency willing to assist or in need of appearance improvement or cleanliness efforts. The Commission could not continue their bulb planting and other landscaping efforts without the assistance of the Davidson County Master Gardeners, Lexington Garden Club, or the City of Lexington Public Grounds and landscaping crew. In 2013 and 2014, the LAC is reaching out to other art and cultural organizations in hopes of partnering for a continuation of public art for public spaces.
Meetings and Information
The Appearance Commission holds regularly scheduled meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month at City Hall at 4:00 p.m. Visit the Business and Community Development calendar or the annual meeting schedule for upcoming dates and times.
The Lexington Appearance Commission is staffed by the Office of Business and Community Development located at 31 West First Street. For additional information, please contact us.