• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Hearing set on proposed mixed-use development

A proposal to bring a mixed-use development to Lexington Road is scheduled to come before the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Written comments on the proposal will be accepted at the meeting, but speakers will be limited to three minutes during the public hearing in third-floor courtroom of the Woodford County Courthouse. Property developer CRM Companies wants to rezone approximately 405 acres at 1450 Lexington Road so it can bring new retail businesses, light industrial uses as well as high- and low-density housing to the site, located east of the Kroger Marketplace shopping center and west of Paynes Mill Road. In order to do so, the developer has also asked for an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan in order to expand the urban service boundary to include this property, known as Edgewood Farm and located within the Rural District. In its application statement, CRM Companies said, “This plan includes large parcels which will be devoted to a new hospital location … In addition, there are 74.66 acres devoted to B-4 (highway business) adjacent to the largest Kroger in Kentucky, a destination for shoppers all over the county and area. This plan will allow for additional ‘destination’ businesses such as Lowe’s and Home Depot … which will create jobs, and assist in promoting other existing businesses such as home building and renovation. This parcel would of course also be attractive to major retailers, such as Target or Walmart, and to other highway businesses such as a motel, a standalone restaurant, or movie theater…” Two citizens groups have responded to the preliminary development plan for the Lexington Road property. The Pisgah Community Historic Association described the rezoning of the property and an expansion of the urban service boundary to include Edgewood Farm as “a giant step in the wrong direction,” in a letter to the Planning Commission. “…the entire Pisgah area is one of the most beautiful and desirable places to visit in not just Kentucky, but the nation … The current agricultural zoning of Edgewood Farm, and its location within the Rural District, provides an important buffer to not only the Pisgah Historic District, but also the Agricultural/Equine Preserve … if Edgewood Farm is rezoned for development it would jeopardize the intent and purpose of this Preserve … With 1,000 acres of land within the Versailles urban services area already available for development, further encroachment into rural areas and along borders of Historic Districts is neither prudent nor necessary. Any time we have an urban use next to a rural use, it negatively impacts the rural use…” In its position statement, Woodford Forward said that the development plan does not comply with objectives or the Land Use District of the 2011 Comprehensive Plan. “The Rural District is a transition Land Use District between the Agricultural/Equine Preserve District and the existing urban services boundary. The annexation (of this property) and expansion of the urban services boundary would negatively impact the agricultural and equine operations along Paynes Mill Road.” Habitat home The Planning Commission will also conduct a hearing on a preliminary/final townhouse plat, which will allow Woodford Habitat for Humanity to construct two townhouses at 208 and 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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