Priority Action Item - Community Growth

Objective - Community Growth

annexation iconInvest time and resources into efforts that further the community growth mindset.

Note: This was also a 2021 and 2022 Commission Priority.

Lead Departments

Communications Manager

Community Growth Priority Details

Expectations and Tactics
  • In concert with the McCracken County Fiscal Court, update the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Concentrated recruitment effort for businesses not included in the Greater Paducah Economic Development and Sprocket business recruitment scope.
  • Enhance the Remote Workers Recruitment Program marketing and consider a specialized vendor.
Accomplishments - 2021 to present

Annexations  Met with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to review roadway plans to determine how new routes could affect future annexations. There is dedicated funding in the budget for annexations. Annexations since 2021 include 5540 Cairo Road, 185 Lion's Den Lane, 5250 U.S. Highway 60, 5266 U.S. Highway 60, 54 70 Old Highway 60, 5345 Hinkleville Road, 5435 U.S. Highway 60, and 3520 Olivet Church Road.

Commercial Property  The City has appraisals of city-owned commercial properties. These properties will either be listed for sale or solicited through a request for proposals process.

Comprehensive Plan 

  • 2022 - City met with McCracken County staff and the Planning Commission Chair to discuss a partnership for the Comprehensive Plan update. A Request for Proposals in partnership with McCracken County for a City/County Comprehensive Plan was issued with responses due in November 2022. Three responses received with Kendig Keast Collaborative selected.
  • 2023 - The City approved an interlocal agreement with the County in February 2023 to create a Joint City-County Comprehensive Plan. The City and County held a joint workshop in April 27. Listening sessions with community members were held in April and in June with a Forum on the Future open house engagement session held June 20, 2023 with approximately 80 in attendance. An online community survey gathered more than 1150 responses.
  • 2024 - The second joint City/County workshop was held January 25 with the presentation of the six themes. Adoption of plan expected in 2024.

Incentive Programs  Staff researched annexation incentive programs with a recommended program approved by the City Commission in January 2022.

Kick-Start Meetings During 2023, the City organized 24 kick-start meetings and created an informational business card.

Ordinance Updates  Amended the zoning code to allow mobile food vehicle courts as an exemption requiring a planning and zoning permit. 

Remote Workers  The Remote Workers Incentive Program is continuing. So far, 10 households, which is 18% of the total applicants, have moved and received the Remote Workers Incentive. The goal is to relocate a total of 25 remote workers and maintain or improve the 18 percent conversion rate. In 2023, the City signed a contract with MakeMyMove for remove worker recruiting assistance.

Annexations Over Time

map showing annexations over time

Commission Priorities

Read all Commission Priorities and Continuous Improvement Items including each action item's objective, key departments, and expectations by visiting Commission Priorities.