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Lexington Road zone changes on P&Z agenda

The Planning Commission may take action on zone-change requests involving two proposed developments on Lexington Road at its regular meeting on Thursday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the Woodford County Courthouse. Planning Commission members will have another opportunity to make a recommendation on a mixed-used development at 1450 Lexington Road (Edgewood Farm property). The request to rezone 405 acres was lauded and criticized during a public hearing on the mixed-use proposal to develop a site for a new Bluegrass Community Hospital and land for future industrial uses. At its May 12 meeting, the commission did not take action on the request to rezone the 405 acres. Developer CRM Companies (Craig Turner) has 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 prior to the May 12 meeting, P&Z attorney Tim Butler recommended that commission members wait until they have time to carefully consider all information provided on those requests before taking action. Backer property The commission could also take action on a request to rezone 183 acres at 2001 Lexington Road (also known as the Backer property) in order to develop a residential neighborhood that proposes 532 residential lots. The property is located across Lexington Road from the Methodist Home. 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. Robert Stilz Jr., an attorney representing property owner 2001, LLC, said the proposed residential neighborhood would provide needed housing in Versailles. Bourbon warehouses A development plan to build 12 Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel warehouses on Georgetown Road, north of Midway's I-64 interchange, is also on the Planning Commission's June 9 agenda. The Board of Adjustment (BOA) approved a conditional-use permit last month, which allowed Brown-Forman to move forward with a development plan for the Woodford Reserve warehouses and a transfer facility on 117.696 acres of land zoned for agricultural (A-1) uses at 960 Georgetown Road (Ky. 341). The 90,000 square-foot warehouses, which can house up to 65,000 barrels of bourbon, will be constructed over a period of 12 years.

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