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.
Members of the Lexington Appearance Commission (LAC) may serve two consecutive three-year terms. On April 13, 1992, City Council established the Community Appearance Commission; subsequently on March 10, 1997, City Council re-established the Lexington Appearance Commission by adopting Ordinance No. 97-37 amending the City's Code of Ordinances and appointing members by wards and at-large. Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 4:00pm in the Council Chambers located at City Hall. A list of members by Ward and their contact information is available in the listing of Boards and Commission.
The Lexington Appearance Commission (LAC) adopts a new workplan bi-annually with a yearly update scheduled each spring for the following budget fiscal year. Click this link to view the latest Lexington Appearance Commission Workplan. A new workplan will be reviewed starting in February each year to set new initiatives. Currently, the LAC work plan focuses on five key program areas:
Business Awards. The LAC and city staff pick three to four businesses or non-commercial properties (churches, non-profit organizations) for landscaping efforts, new installation or addition, a facade 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. The LAC 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 LAC 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 LAC 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 LAC can also support public art for public spaces and parks and for 2013 has chosen to sponsor a Community Art Project in the Depot District. This project will support the Lexington City Council's goal of Depot District redevelopment and the LAC goal of creating a visually appealing project in a blighted industrial area with hopes of other organizations supporting more public art for this area. Please click on the link to the 2013 Pilot Community Art Project for more information.
Gateways and Thoroughfares
In 2011, the LAC 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 LAC strives to partner with any agency willing to assist or in need of appearance improvement or cleanliness efforts. The LAC 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 to find the next scheduled meeting or click this link for a full listing of scheduled meetings.
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.