Kick-Start Meetings - Your Project, Our Priority
The goal of the Kick-Start Meeting is to provide a pre-application review of your potential project. Our team is here to provide helpful information, feedback, and guidance as you prepare to launch your contemplated project. A Kick-Start Meeting is an opportunity to meet with key City staff members from various departments prior to the preparation and submittal of a formal application to the City. At a Kick-Start Meeting, you will be introduced to a Customer Experience Representative who will act as your liaison and point of contact throughout your journey.
Quick Guide to Permitting and Kick-Start Meetings (2 pages)
Projects that typically benefit from a Kick-Start Meeting include
- Major subdivision projects
- Projects that create or change public right-of-way
- Apartment building projects
- New builds or renovations in Downtown or Lower Town Paducah
- Projects that impact historic buildings (pre-1960)
- Projects that incur major stormwater considerations
- Projects undertaken by non-local developers and entrepreneurs
- Projects that do not have engineer or architect oversight
- Commercial Site Developments
- Change of Use Projects
Scheduling a Kick-Start Meeting
Kick-Start Meetings are scheduled every other Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Team Room on the first floor at City Hall (300 South 5th Street). To schedule a meeting, fill out the Kick-Start Meeting Request Form and Questionnaire to the best of your ability and send to customerexppaducahky.gov. A representative will contact you to schedule a meeting. The project does not need to be finalized, but please provide as much information in the Meeting Request Form and at the Kick-Start Meeting as possible.
Who Should Attend?
All key players in your project should attend the meeting. This usually includes the owners, developers, contractors, engineers and architects who are working on the project. Bring any plans, drawings, or applicable information that you have available.
Which City Staff Members Attend?
Staff who attend a Kick-Start meeting vary slightly based on availability and the project’s scope. A Customer Experience Representative will help determine and schedule appropriate staff to attend which could include the following:
- Building Inspector
- Electrical Inspector
- Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention
- Director of Planning
- Planner I
- City Engineer
- Public Works Director
- Customer Experience Representative
- Deputy Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator
Information provided by staff at the Kick-Start Meeting is based upon the information provided. Any change to the project may alter the guidance provided.
Call often so we can navigate changes together.
Chad Beyer, i5 Design Group
At i5 we have had a great working relationship with City of Paducah for over 15 years; the addition of kick-start meetings has been a game changer in navigating the permit and compliance process. To have the opportunity to discuss and plan a project with all departments present, and to leave that discussion with expectations established and a plan that leads to project success is invaluable….truly a “kick-start” in the right direction.
Kick-Start Meeting Date: December 14, 2019
Skylar Lofton, Lofton Properties
Infinite information for entrepreneurs.
Kick-Start Meeting Date: January 15, 2020
Doug Truitt, Kaleo Technologies
Kalleo Technologies would like to express its appreciation of the Customer Experience Department specifically the Kickstart meeting program. Moving a business is always a lot of work and difficult especially the process of interfacing with various government agencies. The Kickstart program dramatically simplified and sped up the process of obtaining inspections and permits. The Kickstart Meeting program was a great success for us and is a great addition to Paducah city government.
Kick-Start Meeting Date: April 15, 2020
Andiamo White, Entrepreneur
Great experience. Everyone helped kick-start my business.
Kick-Start Meeting Date: July 1, 2020
Scope My Project Online Portals
Scope My Project is an online tool centered around business development and project scoping. The portals will help guide citizens, entrepreneurs, developers, contractors, and business owners who are embarking on complex projects, such a starting a new business or a renovation project, through the City’s permitting requirements. These tools are designed to increase communication, enhance availability, and eliminate confusion.
Zoning Portal The Zoning Portal allows users to explore where different business types are permitted throughout Paducah.
Business Permitting Portal The Business Permitting Portal, a project scoping tool, guides the user to specific license, permits, and requirements for constructing, renovating, and developing a business in Paducah. After answering the questions, a summary specific to the project can be downloaded. This summary will include zoning information, permits needed, and a preliminary estimate of permit fees.
The portals also include links to contact City staff, set up a kick-start meeting, and an opportunity to create a free account to save project information and start the application process.
These portals will eliminate surprises and increase efficiencies by improving communications between community investors and the City government. Our goal is to turn business dreams into realities.