Transportation, land-use issues discussed
A chapter on transportation systems in Woodford County was reviewed by a committee working on an update of the Comprehensive Plan, but the land-use chapter will be the focus of its next work session in September. "That's going to be a big chapter, a tough chapter to get through," said Comp Plan Committee Chair Patty Perry. She pointed out that only 21 residential lots are available for someone wanting to get a building permit so they can build a home in Woodford County. Additional platted residential lots are controlled by private developers, Planning Director Pattie Wilson clarified. "So there's a lot to think about in land use," said Perry. Earlier in the work session, Midway's representative on the Planning Commission, Rich Schein, questioned the rationale for adding language to the transportation chapter, which stated "a preferred alternative was selected from three proposed" routes for the proposed Northwest Versailles Mobility Corridor. "...A preferred alternative was selected, but people never had a choice to say, 'No build,' and they (state engineers) told us that from the beginning," said Schein, who has spoken out against the corridor and increasing traffic on Midway Road (U.S. 62) in order to alleviate traffic congestion in downtown Versailles. He said a transportation study has never fully explored possible alternatives to a Northwest Versailles Mobility Corridor. Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott submitted several proposed revisions to the transportation chapter, including a restriction that the Kroger intersection without a traffic signal should become a right-out only exit, the need to improve downtown signage, and a streetscape project for Lexington Street. Other proposed language for the transportation chapter includes additional pedestrian sidewalks and trails as well as improvements to existing pedestrian facilities in the City of Versailles. By stating these needs in the Comprehensive Plan, the committee was told additional grants dollars may become accessible to the local governments.