• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Permit allows church on Big Sink Pike

A permit was approved that allows a church to locate in a former childcare center building at 123 Big Sink Pike. The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Board of Adjustment (BOA) unanimously approved the conditional-permit at its meeting on Monday night. The 7,000 square-foot vacant childcare center has adequate vehicular access and parking to accommodate a church, Planning Director Pattie Wilson told BOA members. "We would like to use the space for a church," said Scott Sargent, pastor of 99? For 1 Ministries. "I think that'd be a great spot for us to grow into, and possibly expand a little bit." As a conditional-use in a residential (R-3) zoning district, the BOA placed several conditions on its approval, including a requirement to re-stripe the parking lot to avoid a safety hazard. A permit was approved by the BOA last August allowing Sargent to operate a church at 133 Macy Boulevard, but those plans did not work out. During that hearing in August, Sargent told the BOA that he anticipated having a congregation of up to 130 members. Variance for addition The BOA approved a variance allowing a home addition at 310 Ashby Court in the Homestead subdivision. Marjorie Evans opposed the motion approving the request, which was approved by a 3 to 1 vote. A neighboring property owner voiced concern about allowing Dan and Susan Wilkerson to move forward with plans to construct an addition to the rear of their residence. Larry Stone told the BOA that when he and his wife built their home on an adjacent lot in 2015, they adhered to a 35-foot rear-yard setback requirement and expected other homeowners to do likewise. Approving an 18-foot variance "possibly changes the whole character of the area," Stone said. Dan and Susan Wilkerson requested the 18-foot variance in order to build an addition for an elderly family member to reside in. Until a recent car accident, Dan Wilkerson's mother-in-law had been living independently, he said. "We wanted her here in Versailles with us rather than in Corbin in a nursing home or assisted-living facility," he explained. Building an addition to the other side of their home would have required Dan and Susan Wilkerson to demolish a covered deck that was built 2008. Also, a maple tree and flower bed would need to be removed, according to an application submitted to the BOA. Monday's BOA meeting was chaired by David Prewitt, with regular chair Tim Turney absent.

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