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Hearing on July 14 for public input on goals, objectives

The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission will have a hearing on Thursday, July 14, to get public input on proposed changes to the goals and objectives of the current Comprehensive Plan. Anyone who wants to speak will get three minutes, and written comments may also be submitted prior to or at the hearing. A committee working on an update of the county’s land-use plan and its goals and objectives voiced support to include language promoting and encouraging a northern bypass, and affordable homes for middle income residents. Commission Chair J. D. Wolf told Comp Plan committee members that, in order to discourage large tractor-trailers from driving on downtown Versailles streets, “We need a bypass.” Funding for an extension of the bypass from Falling Springs Boulevard (Ky. 2213) to Frankfort Road (U.S. 60) at/or near Midway Road (U.S. 62) was recently removed from the state’s six-year road plan. Chad Wells, who chairs the Comp Plan committee, said there was a lack of housing for middle income families who want to purchase a larger home costing $200,000 to $220,000. Using comments in a survey and those made during a public hearing in February as a basis for change, Comp Plan committee members agreed to make several other additions and amendments to the land-use plan’s current goals and objectives. Among the additions: plan housing for the rising senior and millennial populations in Woodford County, encourage development of retail and dining in commercial centers, and the reuse/redevelopment of declining industrial areas. The hearing on possible changes to the Comp Plan’s goals and objectives will begin after the Planning Commission considers action on three other requests during its regular July 14 meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the third-floor courtroom of the Woodford County Courthouse. An amended final development plan that reduces the square-footage of a planned More Than A Bakery industrial facility at 570 Big Sink Pike from 228,500 to 176,305 square-feet is scheduled to come before the Planning Commission. The amended plan also shifts an employee and visitor entrance/exit to align with Woodford Youth Soccer Association’s access point on Big Sink Pike. A development plan for a Jr. Food convenience store is also on the agenda. Bowling Green-based Houchens Industries wants to open a Jr. Food convenience store on Lexington Street near the old Woodford County Middle School building in the now-vacant Equestrian Park development. The 10,000 square-foot store will also have a Schlotsky’s Café & Bakery or Subway drive-through, and gas pumps for eight fueling stations. A final record plat creating two lots on commercial property (known as the Versailles Center) on the U.S. 60 Bypass at Lexington Road will also come before the commission. A Holiday Inn Express will be constructed on 2.376-acre lot at 365 Commerce Drive. An adjacent .945-acre lot will serve as a detention basin for the commercial property.

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