• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Lexington Road mixed-use plan gets thumbs down

The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended on May 12 that Versailles City Council not approve a zone-change request for a mixed-use neighborhood on Lexington Road. In his motion to deny the Woodford Place request, Planning Commissioner Chad Wells said the proposed mixed-use neighborhood was not in agreement with the current Comprehensive Plan because commercial land is not recommended for 2101 Lexington Road (known as the Backer property). Also, Wells said developing 63 acres across from the United Methodist Home on Lexington Road was premature because "it leapfrogs other development in contradiction to the guidance of the Comprehensive Plan." Additionally, he said commercial use in the development would primarily serve passerby traffic and not the proposed 255 residential units in the mixed-use neighborhood. The request by property owner 2101, LLC, (Trey Schott, member), to rezone 63 acres from A-1 to R-1C (single-family residential) with a planned unit development overlay allowing commercial uses, now goes to Versailles City Council with the Planning Commission's recommendation to deny the zone change. No decision The Planning Commission tabled action on a request to rezone 405 acres at 1450 Lexington Road (Edgewood Farm) - located east of Kroger and west of Paynes Mill Road. CRM Companies (Craig Turner) wants to rezone 118.76 acres to light industrial, 69.81 acres to high-density residential, 96.62 acres to highway business, 26.54 acres to professional office and 93.52 acres (with over 50 percent being used for storm water management and open space) to single-family residential. The developer also requested an amendment to the current Comprehensive Plan in order to expand the Versailles Urban Service Boundary to include the Edgewood Farm property. Because the public hearing on those requests was held only two weeks before last Thursday's Planning Commission meeting, P&Z attorney Tim Butler recommended that commission members wait until they have time to carefully consider all of the information provided on those requests before taking action. During a public hearing on April 28, employees of Bluegrass Community Hospital supported the proposed development, which includes a site for a new hospital on Lexington Road at Paynes Mill Road. John Soper, chair of the Woodford County Economic Development Authority, also voiced support for the plan, which he said includes much-needed industrial land to attract more good-paying employers to the community. Others voiced concerns. They said a development of the proposed size would change Woodford County's identity and agricultural landscape and exacerbate flooding in the Big Sink area.

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