• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Plan for 504 residential lots presented to P&Z

A request to rezone 188 acres at 2001 Lexington Road in order to move forward with a plan to develop a 504-lot residential subdivision elicited concerns from neighboring property owners during a public hearing on May 12. Residents of the Gleneagles subdivision and other nearby neighborhoods argued that adding so many houses to Lexington Road would exacerbate flooding and traffic issues in this area. An attorney representing a citizens group known as the Woodford Coalition echoed their apprehension with regard to traffic. "Nothing has happened (since previous requests to rezone this property known as the Backer Farm were denied) to make Lexington Road any better," said Hank Graddy. "And this development will not make Lexington Road any better." Robert Stilz Jr., an attorney representing property owner 2001, LLC, said the proposed residential neighborhood would provide needed housing in Versailles. With few housing options for young families, resident John Soper agreed. "We're losing our millennials. We don't have a place for our children to live in this community. Something's got to give. This property is a solution," said Soper, who told the commission before his remarks that he was not speaking as chair of the Woodford County Economic Development Authority. Two grassroots groups - Citizens for Sustainable Community Growth and Woodford Forward - also voiced opposition to the proposed residential neighborhood. "Our supporters look at this development and dismiss it out of hand as unrealistic and imprudent. It is a residential development of monstrous proportions for this community," spokesperson Karen Isberg told the Planning Commission. She concluded her remarks on behalf of the citizens group by offering these cautionary words, "The rate of change proposed for this community in the past few months is mind-boggling. We urge the members of P&Z to take the time to carefully consider the cumulative impact of all these changes on the community as a whole." Earlier in its meeting last Thursday night, members of the commission recommended that Versailles City Council not approve a request to rezone 63 acres at 2101 Lexington Road for a mixed-use neighborhood with 255 residential units. The commission then tabled action on a request to rezone 405 acres for a mixed-use development at 1450 Lexington Road (Edgewood Farm) - located east of Kroger and west of Paynes Mill Road. (See separate story.) The commission closed its hearing on the rezone request for 2001 Lexington Road without taking action. It has 90 days to make a recommendation to Versailles City Council. Plans approved The Planning Commission unanimously approved a final development plan for an 82-room, four-story Holiday Inn Express (H&W Management Company). The hotel will be built on a 2.38-acre lot of the mostly vacant Versailles Center property on the U.S. 60 Bypass at Lexington Road. A final development plan for a 228,500 square-foot manufacturing facility (More Than A Bakery) on a 100-acre site at 260-910 Big Sink Pike was approved. More Than A Bakery will employ 200 workers initially. After a 230,000 square-foot expansion, More Than A Bakery will employ 500. The commission approved a final development plan for an 11,960 square-foot building (Agility Gymnastics) with 74 parking spaces at 160 Frankfort Street. Agility Gymnastics is currently located on Crossfield Drive. An amended development plan allowing Clark Distributing to add asphalt on the southwest side of its property at 140 Fieldview Drive was approved. The additional asphalt will give the company more parking and maneuvering space for trucks. Edmonds Cross An amended development plan and preliminary subdivision plat for 74 single-family residential lots at Edmonds Cross, a neighborhood on Huntertown Road, was approved by the commission following a public hearing. Townhouses had been proposed in an earlier development plan.

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