Planning Commission and URCDA

About the Planning Commission

The Planning Commission meets on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of City Hall (unless otherwise noted due to holidays or meeting cancellations).  Deadlines for these meetings are 21 days prior to the meeting date before noon.  The meetings are televised live on Government 11 (Comcast Cable channel 11).  Contact the City of Paducah Department of Planning at 270-444-8690 if you have any questions about the Planning Commission.

Planning Commission - URCDA Meeting Agendas, Minutes, & Videos

The City of Paducah Planning Commission was established under KRS 100.133.  It is a seven-member citizen board appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Commission. The Planning Commission has numerous duties including, but not limited to the following:

  • Hold Public Hearings
  • Review and approve subdivisions
  • Review annexation requests and make recommendations to the City Commission
  • Review Conditional Use applications and make recommendations to the Board of Adjustment
  • Review and approve Development plans and amendments
  • Review Planned Unit Developments
  • Review and approve applications for zone changes and map amendments
  • Make recommendations to the City Commission or the Board of Adjustment

Planning Commission Members

Cathy Crecelius - Chairwoman (term expires August 31, 2022)
Lorraine Schramke - Vice Chairwoman (term expires August 31, 2023)
Joe Benberry (term expires August 31, 2025)
James Paul Bradford (term expires August 31, 2022)
David Morrison, Jr.  (term expires August 31, 2025)
Valerie Pollard   (term expires August 31, 2023)
Bob Wade (term expires August 31, 2024) 

About the Urban Renewal & Community Development Agency

The Urban Renewal & Community Development Agency (URCDA) is a special five member board of the city authorized under KRS 99.33-99.590 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes.  URCDA members also serve as members of the Paducah Planning Commission.  The remaining members of the Paducah Planning Commission serve as alternate members of URCDA. 

Specific powers and duties of the board include the ability to purchase, lease, or acquire any real or personal property by negotiation or eminent domain within the City of Paducah for the purposes of redevelopment.  Property owned by Urban Renewal can then be sold, rented, repaired, or managed by the board.  Urban Renewal also has the authority to obtain loans, grants, or other sources of funds for redevelopment projects.  The board may also develop building sites, make infrastructure improvements, and demolish buildings among other duties listed in KRS 99.360.

URCDA holds its meetings on the same day as the regular meeting of the Planning Commission.  Visit Planning Commission - URCDA Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Videos for more information.

URCDA Agendas and Minutes (2015-2019)

Acquiring Property

URCDA owns several properties in the city that will hopefully be redeveloped.  Anyone interested in one of these properties may submit a proposal to the board for development to acquire the property. 

The proposal must contain at a minimum:

  • the proposed use of the property (plans/elevations if applicable)
  • an estimate of the improvements to be made to the property by a third party contractor
  • timeline for improvements (start/finish dates)
  • how much you are willing to pay for the lot/property

The process starts with initial interest contact to the Planning Department.  From there, the property has to be publicly advertised for approximately two weeks by placing an advertisement in the Paducah Sun and posting a sign on the property.  Proposals will be taken from any and all interested parties.  Urban Renewal can either select the proposal the majority of the board votes for, ask for more information, or reject any or all proposals.  If you are interested in making a proposal for a property please contact the Planning Department at 270-444-8690.

URCDA Board Members

Cathy Crecelius
David Morrison
Valerie Pollard
Lorraine Schramke
Bob Wade