KACo can assist with community organization and planning related to the spectrum of traditional and non-traditional county services and special projects. Staff is available to assist with nearly every aspect of planning to improve local governance, including:
Assessing the need and feasibility for developing a new facility or creating a new service.
- Providing management assessments for determining the financial or operational feasibility of a local services (such as creation of a volunteer fire department, abulance service, water or sewer services).
Conducting "focus" groups or facilitating community meetings in support of proposed service projects.
Developng a planning and zoning program in compliance with Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) Chapter 100.
Creating a multi-local government serices entity (involving counties and/or cities) via the Kentucky Interlocal Cooperation Act (KRS Chapter 65).
- Creating or dissolving a 'special purpose governmental entity' (special district) under the new legislation passed by the 2013 General Assembly (HB 1).
Below are links to agencies key to county planning efforts. Click on each highlighted name to link directly with the agency.
- Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) for drinking water and wastewater facilities planning and implementation services, as well as watershed planning.
- Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) in regard to the on-going development of the Water Resource Information System (WRIS) and planning activities of the Area Water Management Planning Councils attached to each of Kentucky's 15 Area Development Districts.
- Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) for merger of regulated water and sewer systems.
- State Auditor's Office for a full listing and detailed information on special purpose government entities (formerly known as special districts).
- KY Department of Local Government (DLG) for budget, audit information, State Clearinghouse access for grants.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for water quality in context of watershed planning and related stream mitigation and restoration activities integrated into infrastructure development activities.
- Kentucky Emergency Management (with link to FEMA services) for catastrophic and emergency events.
- Kentucky Geography Network for general maps of information.
- Water Resource Information System for maps of water and wastewater systems.
- University of Kentucky, Kentucky Geological Survey for a generalized, existing land-use planning map based on geologic and environmental analyses for each of Kentucky's 120 Counties. Find information for planning roads, water and sewer services, land use development, and other utilities.
KACo staff also represent and promote a wide array of county interests through active participation in state legislative committees, as well as state and federal agency forums charged with devising statewide planning standards, developing or revising state regulations, and establishing project eligibility and funding assistance requirements for community development and utility infrastructure projects.
Let us know how we can help you!
For further information or to request assistance, please contact:
Roger Recktenwald at 502-223-7667 or email: Roger.Recktenwald@KACo.org