• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Midway has ‘voice’ on Comp Plan committee

Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift says he’s pleased that his city again has a voice on the Comprehensive Plan committee, which resumed discussions on updating the land-use plan at a work session on Monday afternoon. The Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a motion at its regular meeting on Jan. 12 to elect subcommittee members, with City of Midway-appointee Rich Schein being chosen to serve on the Comprehensive Plan committee. “We only have one appointment on the (full nine-member Planning Commission). We have a smaller voice there so it’s important to be in on that (Comp Plan update) process – especially because it only happens once every five or so years,” said Vandegrift during a telephone interview on Monday morning. The mayor said it’s always important for the City of Midway to have a voice on the Comp Plan committee, but it’s “a little more significant right now because we’re going through so much growth.” With industrial growth already occurring at Midway Station, located north of Midway’s I-64 interchange, Vandegrift said developers are showing some interest in other areas of the city. “We’re a little hesitant to go that route just yet,” he explained, “so it’s important to have someone like Rich (Schein be) a part of that (Comp Plan) committee. Because we need to focus on Midway Station before we start looking at any other developments.” Vandegrift voiced his frustration a year ago when the Planning Commission voted to remove Schein – Midway’s only Planning Commission appointee – from the subcommittee working on an update of the land-use plan. Woodford Fiscal Court and the City of Versailles both have four appointees on the Planning Commission. Schein was appointed to the commission in November 2009 by then-Mayor Tom Bozarth. Given an opportunity to explain why he’s “incredibly happy” with how Schein has represented the City of Midway since his appointment, Vandegrift said, “He’s well-reasoned. And he’s really good at seeing both sides of an issue, and all of the nuances involved.” He said Schein’s temperament has been especially beneficial when dealing with the “complications” of Midway Station, a mixed-use development that did not attract new businesses or industry for several years prior to the pending arrivals of Lakeshore Learning Materials and American Howa Kentucky.

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