• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Committee agrees to changes in goals and objectives

Proposed changes to the goals and objectives of an updated Comprehensive Plan, including one change that garnered negative feedback during a recent public hearing, were sent to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission on Aug. 11 The committee working on an update to the land-use plan's goals and objectives met for about 20 minutes last Thursday before agreeing to include a transportation objective to "promote and encourage" an extension of Falling Springs Boulevard to Frankfort Road at or near the intersection of Midway Road. Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift and others voiced their opposition to the language during a hearing on July 14. Because of the public comment at the August hearing, Comp Plan committee member Patty Perry suggested the language related to the extension of Falling Springs Boulevard be removed as an objective, but discussed later while reviewing the land-use section of the Comprehensive Plan. Others on the committee, including Chair Chad Wells, agreed to not remove that language as an objective. "I'm inclined to leave it in (and allow the language) to go to the full commission for a vote," he said. During a telephone interview last Friday, Vandegrift again expressed his frustrations with the Planning Commission's support of an objective that encourages an extension of Falling Springs Boulevard at or near the intersection of Midway Road. "If we start seeing more and more (tractor-trailers) come down that road (into downtown Midway) - and I think the bypass would lead to that," said Vandegrift, "I think it's only a matter of time before someone gets killed." He suggested an extension of the bypass may be more about development than addressing traffic issues in downtown Versailles. He asked, "If you just dump the problem on your next door neighbor - have you really solved the problem?" The Planning Commission's Comp Plan committee also agreed to support revised language that would allow "justified expansions" of the urban services area, while the current land development objective allows some limited adjustments to the existing urban services boundary. In addition to supporting those two changes that were not supported by many who spoke at last month's public hearing, the Comp Plan committee also agreed to include an objective to "recognize that farmland can best be preserved by creating and sustaining farm revenue by promoting the development of an agricultural industrial complex," which would support such efforts as the development of a grain milling facility on the Edgewood Farm property along Lexington Road. The four-member committee voted unanimously to send its revised goals and objectives of an updated Comprehensive Plan to the full nine-member Planning Commission, which will make a recommendation to the city councils of Midway and Versailles, and Woodford Fiscal Court. "Given our treatment by Planning and Zoning recently," said Vandegrift, "I think our council has to decide whether they're going to adopt (the goals and objectives of) this Comprehensive Plan or not." He said he has still not been given a good explanation of why Rich Schein was not allowed to continue serving on the committee working on an update of the Comprehensive Plan.

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