• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Edgewood Farm public hearing set for March 3

A public hearing on a request to rezone approximately 405 acres on Lexington Road (known as the Edgewood Farm property) has been scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the third-floor courtroom of the Woodford County Courthouse. Property developer CRM Companies wants to rezone the land at 1450 Lexington Road (mostly zoned for agricultural uses) in order to 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. To proceed with its plans, CRM Companies has also asked for an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to expand the urban service boundary to include this property. The hearing was originally scheduled for last Thursday, Feb. 11. However, the former attorney for CRM Companies asked the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission for a continuance. In his letter to P&Z, attorney Robert C. Stilz Jr. informed the commission that he made the decision to withdraw as legal representative of CRM Companies when he became aware of a potential conflict of interest. Stilz had requested that a special meeting be held on Feb. 25. However, Planning Director Pattie Wilson told Planning Commission members during its regular meeting last Thursday night that the third-floor courtroom, which has more seating available to accommodate the anticipated large turnout for the Edgewood Farm hearing, was not available on Feb. 25. Therefore, she suggested the commission set the hearing on March 3 (the next available Thursday night), and commissioners approved the date. Also last Thursday night, Commissioner Jim Boggs asked the commission to consider giving individuals who speak on behalf of a large community group like Woodford Forward more time to comment during the Edgewood Farm public hearing. His motion to give a group's spokesperson more time (five minutes rather than three minutes for individuals) was not seconded after several minutes of discussion among commissioners, including Tim Parrott. He was concerned if a spokesperson and others in a group were allowed to continue talking - people with a different perspective may get frustrated and leave the hearing before speaking. "It's very counterproductive in terms of having a broad voice from the public that come out (to speak) about these things" if those other voices aren't heard, Parrott said. In the end, the commission agreed to not deviate from its previous decision to limit comments to three minutes per person, while still allowing anyone to also submit written comments on the proposed Edgewood Farm zone change. "If we have all of these written comments and we do our homework and we're aware of what these people are thinking and what they're saying by reading all this, then I think we're going to get into some problems if we say, 'You've got five (minutes) and you've got three,'" Commissioner Patty Perry said. MLK townhouses The Planning Commission unanimously approved a preliminary/final townhouse plat, which allows Woodford Habitat for Humanity to construct two townhouses at 208 and 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A dilapidated house, which was located on the lot, has already been torn down. No one spoke during a public hearing prior to the commission's approval. Budget meeting The Planning Commission's budget committee will meet on Wednesday, March 2, at 8 a.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the Woodford County Courthouse.

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