City Spotlight: Planning Commission's Keaton Howe
With applications for the City’s Advisory Boards and Commissions closing on November 1, Keaton Howe tells us what it's like to volunteer for the Planning Commission.
After living in Louisville for 15 years, I was fortunate to find an opportunity to volunteer and contribute my talents back to the city through the Louisville Planning Commission. Created to uphold the standards of the City’s codes, this commission hears from developers, contractors, architects, planners, and the like, who want to make changes within the city. The Planning Commission discusses their findings with the City’s planning department and makes recommendations to the City Council, who then vote on the matter.
Although this description may lead one to infer a large time commitment, I have found the once-a-month meetings to average no more than three to four hours. Because the Planning Commission is streamed live to a large audience on Louisville’s Channel 8, it is common for the commissioners to also spend a few hours of their own time beforehand preparing questions and thoughts for each topic. Every month, I am impressed by the amount of thought, patience, and preparation each commissioner has devoted to the proposals.
It is most rewarding to see different groups come together, with the help of our citizens, to create a path forward that benefits our small town. When you drag your feet on the cool grass of a well thought out development, walk through a newly finished downtown building, or see the citizens of Louisville enjoying new city policies, you will know that you and the Planning Commission have made a valuable contribution to our town.
Find out more
Interested in joining a Board or Commission? The City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications until 4 pm on November 1. You can find the application form and a list of vacancies on our website. If you have any questions, please contact Meredyth Muth.
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