word prospect, as written in the dictionary, is a derivative
of the Latin word prospectus, or view. It also derives
meaning from the French word prosier or to look forward.
From the earliest formation of Jefferson County until the mid-1960s,
Prospect was mostly land belonging to a few wealthy families who commuted
to Louisville and groups of farmers. The growth of the area wasnt
significant until the railroad came through around the early 1900s.
|The interurban train was the main reason for population growth in the Prospect area between 1910 and 1934. Its regular route included hourly stops that brought goods in from Louisville as well as transporting farm products to market. The interurban train eventually stopped hourly service to the area but maintained a midnight run until service was discontinued.|
Prospects modern-day origin is based on the combined developments of Hunting Creek subdivision, Hunting Creek Country Club, and Fox Harbor subdivision. Those individuals who first pioneered this area were genuinely concerned over being able to control the type of urban sprawl that had been witnessed since the mid-1960s. They wanted an area that continued to maintain the natural beauty that surrounded them and restrict over commercialization.
In 2005, the City of Prospect became a Third Class city. This designation gives the final authority for development within the city limits to the City. Citizens are members of the Mayor's Advisory Council, Citation Review Board, Disaster and the 2010 Prospect Green Committees.
The mayor handles the day-to-day business of government while the council, in coordination with the
|Various committees, assigned by the mayor and/or city council can include members of the community to discuss and resolve issues that are common to the entire community. A recent example of this effort is the Committee for Ordinance Review. This particular committee has completed reviewing all of the current city ordinances that effect everything from commercial zoning to safety. This effort, initiated in 2003, has revised the entire ordinance structure to remove and/or change those ordinances that no longer meet the needs of the community and improve the overall scope of governance for the future.
Todays population of approximately 8,000 is celebrating 33 years of community growth and accomplishments. Prospect continues in the tradition of providing its citizens with conveniences and services as well as protecting and maintaining its unique cultural and natural beauty.