Proposed KIPDA Move Draws Fire

by Gabe Bullard on September 2, 2009

The Kentucky-Indiana Planning and Development Agency is considering moving its headquarters, and transportation activists are speaking out against the proposed new site.

KIPDA is currently located in the Bluegrass Industrial Park in Jeffersontown and is considering a move to a nearby location at Tucker Station Road and Plantside Drive.

David Morse with the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation says KIPDA should look at sites closer to the city’s urban core, where it would be more accessible to many people who use its services.

“We’ve got a hub and spokes expressway system that’s centered on Louisville, which means it’s very efficient moving people into and out of Louisville,” he says. “And they keep on putting themselves out on the rim.”

No one at KIPDA was available for comment Wednesday, but officials have defended the current and proposed sites as centrally located in the agency’s nine-county service area.

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David Coyte September 4, 2009 at 10:06 am

KIPDA’s defense of their current and future location as “central” is silly. KIPDA chooses to stay away from the urban, transit dependent populations because they want to ignore them. Out of sight, out of mind. KIPDA has been an agent of the worst planning practices, and wants to remain that way. Building on vacant rural land is the worst kind of development – especially for an agency that is supposedly here to improve planning. Tolerating this decision will ensure that Kentucky remains at the bottom.

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