Update: Snack food company clears hurdle to come here
The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved an amendment to the 2011 Comprehensive Plan, which expands the Versailles urban service boundary to include nearly 67 acres on Big Sink Pike. Also on Thursday night, the Planning Commission recommended a zone change by a 9 to 0 vote.
If Versailles City Council proceeds with the annexation of the property and then also approves the zone change – from A-1 (agricultural) to I-1 (light industrial) – More Than A Bakery can proceed with its proposed development of a 210,000 square-foot manufacturing facility on a 113-acre industrial site at 260-910 Big Sink Pike.
According to a staff report provided to Planning Commission members, More Than A Bakery will employ 300 workers initially. And the Indiana-based snack food maker will have a total of 500 employees at its Versailles facility with a total build-out of 445,000 square-feet of floor area.
Prior to voting on the requests from the Woodford County Economic Development Authority (applicant) and Camco Properties, LLC, (Tim Cambron/owner), the Planning Commission members acknowledged concerns raised by neighboring property owners during Thursday’s public hearing.
People who live on Williams Lane and others living in homes near the snack food maker’s proposed facility said they have already had flooding issues on their properties during heavy rains. And they voiced their concerns about how a facility of this size would exacerbate their current flooding problems.
EDA Chairman John Soper, Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins and others who also spoke during the public hearing explained the importance of bringing new industry into the community. In addition to bringing in much-needed tax dollars, they said this new company would offer employment opportunities for younger workers who want to live in Versailles and Woodford County.
(The Sun will have a more in-depth article in our regular print and online edition next Thursday, March 17.)