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In the 2014 South Kenton survey, 90% (900 people) said they wanted our community to maintain its rural character. Present zoning allows homes to be built on 1-acre lots. This means that a 75-acre tract of land could have close to 50 homes on it. This would be similar to development in a suburban area. South Kenton County Citizen Group wants to know if people are satisfied with 1-acre minimum zoning, or if you would like to see a change in zoning to require policies with lower density in residential housing.
South Kenton is not likely to have sewer systems and storm drains for a long time. Homes with septic systems usually need at least 1 acre but can require more depending on the soil and terrain. If a septic system fails and lines need to be replaced, having larger lots allows for new lines without the expense of digging up the old lines. Once lines are approved and in place it is up to the homeowner to monitor and repair any failures.
Traditional housing developments mean lots of rooftops, concrete driveways and roads that will need to shed water (rainfall that could usually soak into the ground). Trees and vegetation are natural filters for pollutants. Watersheds and underground aquifers provide the lifeblood of agriculture. Keeping trees and vegetation and working with the natural terrain minimizes run-off. Less dense housing developments translates into less disturbance of landscape, trees, and vegetation.
A high rise in population creates issues for increased traffic on rural roads, increased needs for police, fire, and schools, and demand on County revenues to meet those needs.
Research by the South Kenton County Citizens Group's zoning committee leads us to believe that marketing our area as a place for those who want peace, quiet, and some elbow room could be a plus for those who want to sell their land. Historically, South Kenton has not experienced many residential developments because of lack of sewers, remoteness, and our road system. South Kenton can offer larger lots to the custom housing market. A change in zoning would give someone who moves to the country some assurance that a subdivision is not going to spring up next to them.
The following tables give prices for lots sold in July of 2015. Of course, location and quality of the land will always affect value. These examples are meant to provide samples of selling prices for land suitable for single homes with larger lots and sample prices for large tracts suitable for more traditional housing developments.
July 28, 2015
Route 17 South, Madison Park
Route 17, Madison Park, 1 mile from Corner Mart in Piner
DeCoursey near St. Mary’s Road
Stephenson Road (off Bracht-Piner)
Minimum one-acre zoning allows for traditional suburban type housing developments. Landowners who want to develop businesses such as you-pick crops, reception venues, or bed and breakfasts rely on the beauty of the countryside to promote their business. People who move from the city or suburbs to a housing development in the country might find living next to the noise and smells of a farm unpleasant, and conflicts have arisen between farmers and home owners. This has happened often enough that Right to Farm legislation has been passed. However, the farmer may still experience lawsuits and complaints from neighbors who didn’t know what to expect when they “moved to the country.”
This task committee has been addressing the following Recommendations Directions from 2030:
Questions on the 2016 survey are designed to gauge public opinions on the following initiatives. Agricultural Economy and Heritage Task Committee has identified two focal points for the county to help the Rural Area promote economic growth through agricultural opportunities:
An occupational license can be obtained through the Kenton County Occupational and License Taxes division, they are located at:
The Public Protection Cabinet Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control handles the licensing of alcoholic beverages. Visit their website for applications and forms.
Marriage Licenses are obtained through the Kenton County Clerk's office. View the hours for the Covington and Independence offices.
For more information, visit the County Clerk's website.
Kenton County Driver's License is overseen by the Kenton County Circuit Court Clerk's office and is responsible for license renewal, state IDs, permits, etc. They have two locations in Kenton County:
Visit the Circuit Court Clerk’s website to learn more.
There are several locations that you can pay your pet license fee. View a list of locations.
The Kenton County Clerk handles Motor Vehicle Licensing. Motor vehicle licenses must be renewed annually and any sale of a motor vehicle must be registered within 15 days of purchase. View the hours for the Covington and Independence offices.
Visit their County Clerk's website to learn more.
You can request a birth certificate from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
You can request a death certificate from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
You can request a Marriage/Divorce certificate from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system.
Any message regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community will be disseminated using the CodeRED system. These may include AMBER alerts, notifications of hazardous traffic or road conditions, boil water advisories or evacuation notices.
This system is an enhancement to existing means of communication and is meant to supplement current or past systems used for mass notification.
The CodeRED database contains information received from public databases, including regional phone books. However, no resident should assume that their information is in the system. Visit the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page to register online. If you can not register online, you can call 859-392-1400 and speak with one of our staff members to complete your registration over the telephone.
Yes. Fill out the CodeRED registration form but be sure to select the "This address is a business" option. Please note that emergency calls can only be delivered to a direct dial number. Automated attendants will disrupt the process and the calls will not be delivered. Businesses should register their main number and establish a procedure for distributing the CodeRED message to their workforce.
After you submit the initial registration form, you may start the registration process again and submit more numbers for the same address.
CodeRED is a service of Emergency Communications Network which takes security and privacy concerns very seriously. They will not sell, trade, lease or loan any data citizen supplied data to third parties.
A CodeRED Emergency message will have a caller ID of 866-419-5000. A CodeRED General message will have a caller ID 855-969-4636. We suggest you program both numbers in your cell phone as a "new contact" and use "CodeRED Emergency" and "CodeRED General" as the contact name. If you need to replay the emergency notification message again, simply dial the number and you will be able to hear the message again.
Listen carefully to the entire message. You will have the option to repeat the message by pressing any key. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to do so or if you need immediate aid from the Police or Fire department.
Make sure you have at least one working corded telephone and be sure to turn the ringer on. The CodeRED sign-up form allows you to indicate both a primary and alternate phone number. Cell phone and/or work phone numbers can be entered as alternate phone numbers. Both primary and alternate phone numbers will be contacted when a notification is sent.
Yes, the CodeRED system will leave a message on a machine or on voicemail. The CodeRED system will leave the entire message in one pass.
If the line is busy, CodeRED will try two more times to connect.
Kenton County will receive a report of undelivered calls and can instruct the CodeRED system to begin another round of calls to busy numbers. It is best to have an alternate phone number in the calling database for these situations.
An 800MHz radio system is a blend of traditional two-way radio technology and computer-controlled transmitters. The system's main advantage is that radio transmitters can be shared among various departments, with the aid of computer programming. Virtual radio groups called talk groups are created in software to enable private departmental conversations. This gives the new system the appearance of having many frequencies, when in fact everyone is sharing only a few.
A digital 800MHz system will give the County better coverage and penetration. It reduces the problems with future narrow-banding.
According to the current timeline, a live switch is scheduled for 2019.
The District Court Clerk, unless the Court orders otherwise, accepts only the following as surety on a bond:
Depending on the time of the day you can post your bond at the following locations:
Learn more on the Jail's website.
You can visit the Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry website to search the registry and see a neighborhood map.
Child Support information can be found at the Kenton County Child Support Office with the Kenton County Attorney.
Permits to carry concealed weapons are available through the Office of the Kenton County Sheriff. Applications are available at both the Covington and Independence county buildings.
To adopt a pet from the Kenton County Animal Shelter, you will need to go to the animal shelter and fill out an adoption form. View photos of some of the animals available for adoption.
1020 Mary Laidley DriveCovington, KY 41017Phone: 859-356-7400
Kenton County Shelterhouse reservations can be made online or by calling Public Works at 859-392-1920.
The new fee structure is based on the land use (PDF) the Property Valuation Administrator's office (PVA) has on record for your property. The PVA has over 150 different Land Use codes that were grouped together into seven different land use density categories. Each category pays a different fee:
No residential land use will owe more than $75 per unit
If you live in the City of Erlanger, Elsmere, or Crescent Springs, your 911 dispatch services are now provided by the Kenton County Emergency Communications Center. Your property will be assessed the appropriate 911 fee depending on your land use.
If you do not live in one of these cities, your property may have been reassessed and its land use updated, resulting in a different land use fee for 2018.
Kenton County’s 911 fee is based on the land use of each property instead of a direct unit count. Property types that were exempt from the fee previously will remain exempt. For residential land uses, this fee is capped at $75 per unit. Retail properties are charged a different fee if the building is larger than 25,000 square feet, and other non-retail properties have a separate fee.
The fees for each land use density grouping were determined by analyzing all 911 calls from previous years across different land uses in the county. The total % of calls that went to each land use grouping was used to determine what percentage of revenue each land use grouping was responsible for.
Download the full listing of each land use type and what grouping it falls into (PDF).
County Property Taxes are discounted if paid by the end of October/November but must be paid by December 31 in order to avoid penalty. Appeal process for 911 Fee will begin the month of October.
If you believe you have been charged a 911 fee by mistake, or that the information used to determine your property’s fee amount is incorrect, you can file a Kenton County 911 Fee Appeal Application (PDF). Your appeal will be reviewed by the 911 Fee Appeals board, and a determination letter will be mailed to you following the board’s judgment.
If you win your appeal, you will be refunded the appropriate amount.
After the appeal has been upheld by the appeals board, the refund will be processed and mailed as soon as possible.
Certain types of land uses are considered exempt from the 911 fee, including abandoned or vacant land.
Please fill out a 911 Appeal Form (PDF). After the 911 Appeals board reviews your form, appeals related to land use or unit count will be forwarded to the Kenton County PVA on the applicant’s behalf for their review prior to the next billing year.
Please contact us by email.
Visit the Property Valuation Administrator’s office learn about types of properties they are responsible for as they are responsible for most property assessments.
View the Covington and Independence office information.
The Kenton County Sheriff's Office collects property taxes.
View the Covington and Independence office information.
Planning and Development Services of Kenton County is responsible for the Building Codes Administration Department. View the Planning and Development Services website to see codes and find forms and applications.
If you visit the Kenton County Public Inquiry website, you can search Kenton County Official Records for deeds, land documents, mortgages, and plats.
Kenton County Master Commissioner
The Property Valuation Administrator's office handles the Homestead Exemption.
Under the provisions of the Homestead Amendment, a person or persons must be 65 years of age or older or totally disabled during the year for which application is made, and must own, occupy and maintain a residential unit for such exemption.
The Kenton County Clerk's office is responsible for voter registration.
You are eligible to vote if:
Registered voters in Kentucky can obtain information about their precinct location and legislative districts by using the online Voter Information Center provided by the Kentucky State Board of Elections.