Elected city officials, city employees, and city residents play an important role in shaping their community. In fact, Kentucky cities must develop and update a comprehensive plan that directs the future growth and development of the community. These plans are developed with considerable public input, and they must include goals and objectives as well as plans relating to land use, transportation and community facilities. They usually address other elements such as housing, urban redevelopment, historic preservation, and conservation.
City leaders also try to make sure that all residents have housing that is affordable to them. They often do some or all of the following to help make housing affordable in the community:
But that's not all. City employees often help ensure that your home and major projects related to it are safe by enforcing state and local building codes. These rules govern how houses are built, how eletrical work is done, and how most other construction-related projects are completed. Cities enforce these codes by requiring building permits, conducting safety inspections, and certifying that the work is up to code. If you don't do this, you could be fined and your home or project could be condemned (ruled "unfit" for use).