Request for year-round campground denied
The Board of Adjustment (BOA) voted unanimously to deny a request to operate a year-round campground along the Kentucky River at 5486 Cummins Ferry Road. Property owner John Davis wanted to amend his current conditional-use permit, which does allow him to operate a campground from April 1 to Nov. 30. Two neighbors voiced their objection to allowing a year-round campground, which is described as a "seasonal" use in the ordinance allowing private camps and campgrounds as a conditional use in the conservation district. "We know for a fact that there have been people living down there," said neighbor Diane McDonald. "And we also know that was not the original intent for that piece of property. It was supposed to be a campground, and I don't think turning it into year-round facility is going to do anything but make it be more likely to turn into a trailer park." Davis told BOA members that a year-round campground would allow him to earn additional income in the off-season by renting RV lots to people who need a place to live during the two or three months they are here for temporary work. "Basically what he's talking about is having a gypsy park," said neighbor Spurgeon Chapman. "I don't want a trailer park or gypsy park next to my property. I don't think anybody on the road does," he added. The campground currently has RVs parked on lots, which BOA member Frank Stark pointed out violates a condition of the current conditional-use permit limiting the months for operating a campground there. "It's approved as a campground so we have to look at it as a campground," BOA member Al Schooler, who made the motion to deny an expansion of the current conditional-use. With BOA Chair Tim Turney and Vice Chair David Prewitt not in attendance, Stark chaired the meeting. Baseball field The BOA unanimously approved a conditional-use permit allowing Midway University to build a baseball field near its existing tennis courts and a parking lot on a rear portion of 92 acres formerly known as the Davis Farm at 176 Weisenberger Mill Road. Midway University acquired the property in January 2005. The baseball field, scoreboard and light stands are being built for home games played by Midway University's baseball team, a sanctioned member of the NAIA and River States Conference. Off-season summer camps and baseball tournaments are also planned on the field. No one spoke in opposition to the request. Bed and breakfast A conditional-use permit allowing Nicola Louise Hatfield to operate a bed and breakfast/inn at 409 Newton Street in Midway was unanimously approved. Two guestrooms are planned for the B&B, with adequate off-street parking to accommodate guests and no special events planned, according to a staff report given to BOA members. No one spoke in opposition to the request. Mobile home The BOA unanimously approved a conditional-use permit that allows Linda McDonald to place a mobile home on less than five acres at 175 Sellers Mill Road, agricultural district.