• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Church plan, industrial rezone request go to P&Z

A request to rezone 66.956 acres at 494 Big Sink Pike for an industrial use was sent to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday morning. The Versailles City Council adopted an ordinance on Feb. 3 expressing its intent to annex the property and has also asked the Planning Commission to amend the current Comprehensive Plan to include this property within its urban service boundary. In its request for a Comp Plan amendment, the applicant (Woodford County Economic Development Authority) noted that the Versailles urban service boundary has not been expanded since 1997. A preliminary development plan of the 113-acre site - 46.702 acres was previously rezoned for industrial use - shows a one-story manufacturing facility and two-story office area. The manufacturing facility would be built in two phases, according to a preliminary plan reviewed by the Technical Review Committee (TRC) on Tuesday. "We are working with a single client," said John Soper, chair of the Woodford County Economic Development Authority. He said the manufacturer will meet with the state later this month to seek incentives before making a decision to locate here. "We agreed to move forward (with this zone-change request) because that's one of the issues was they needed more than the 47 acres to build a facility that they intend to," Soper said. In addition to continuing to serve as EDA chair, Soper has a six-month consulting contract with the City of Versailles to focus on economic development in Versailles. "We have a lot of opportunities in front of us," said Soper. "And that's why I'm interested in getting more land (for industrial uses)." If the deal goes through for the Big Sink Pike site, the EDA will not have any more industrial land to market in Versailles, Soper said. "Right now, manufacturing is coming back to the states and people are looking to make 50- and 100-year decisions (on where to locate), and I'm hoping that we'll be in the right place to get the benefit of some of those long-term decisions that manufacturers are looking to make right now," he added. Camco Properties, LLC, (Timothy Cambron, member), owns the property at 494 Big Sink Pike. Church plan A final development plan to construct a "Family Life Center" on property owned by Versailles United Methodist Church at the corner of Lexington and Paynes Mill roads was sent to the Planning Commission. A pavilion currently exists on church's 30 acres at 230 Paynes Mill Road. And the footprint for a future building phase is also shown on the development plan reviewed by TRC. The plan proposes 169 parking spaces on the property. Planning Director Pattie Wilson told TRC members that Versailles United Methodist Church would like to host a groundbreaking for its new Family Life Center on Easter Sunday, March 27. Other requests A preliminary and final townhouse plat, which will allow Justin Branham to build three-unit townhouse at 180, 182 and 184 Spring Run Road, was forwarded to the Planning Commission. A minor plat consolidating a parcel of land at 185 Marilyn Avenue with 181 Marilyn Avenue was sent to the Planning Commission chair for approval. The consolidation will give Robert Brandenburg sufficient road frontage to build a residence at 185 Marilyn Avenue. Also, a neighboring property owner will provide Brandenburg with an easement so his residential lot at 185 Marilyn Avenue will have access to a sanitary sewer line on South Main Street.

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